Exploring Saranac River Trail

Here are some of the routes and places you might like to explore along Saranac River Trail. The Trail clearly has an end as the river empties into Lake Champlain at Peace Point Park, but the beginning is the three dozen tributaries of the Upper Saranac River. Along the way, there are a number of places providing direct access to parts of the Trail in the City of Plattsburgh. They are described in this section.


You'll also find a route you can follow that let you walk, cycle, run, or blade theTrail. With the exception of the intersection of Catherine Street and Steltzer/Pine Street, this route route has no cars. This ia the route from the campus/Platssburgh High school to downtown (BroadStreet Parking Lot at One Bridge Street. 

  • Start at Plattsburgh High School at Ruger Street and George Angell Drive.
  • Go to the end of George Angell Drive. If you are driving, there is parking available at the end of Grorge Angell Drive by the Webb Island bridge.
  • At the end of  George Angell Drive you'll see a  sign display of Saranac River Trail. That is a trailhead of the Trail. Walk, run, bike, or blade along the Trail. You'll find several benches along the way. See the other items on this website for more details.
  • Follow the Trail past the College past Memorial Hall (the largest building along theTrail at this point) the Trail goes up the hill to Steltzer Road. 
  • At the top of the hill turn right on Steltzer to the traffic light at Catherine and Steltzer. (Note that this segment from the top of the hill is the only part of the route that shares with cars (only about half a block).
  • Proceed across the intersection to Pine Street (a continuation of Steltzer Road).
  • Keep going along Pine Street past Stewart's and follow the gentle slope down to the main Trail and the river. 
  • Proceed along Pine Street to the Max Moore Tree House.
  • Cross the river on the Saranac Street Bridge.
  • At the end of the bridge, turn left onto the Durkee Street Bridge.
  • Follow the Trail along the river to the Broad Street Parking Lot (Downtown).