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Charge hiking fees in Adirondacks, one official suggests

Friday, October 12, 2012
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— Going for a hike in the Adirondacks doesn’t cost anything, but one elected official in the North Country thinks New York state should start charging for the privilege.

Crown Point Town Supervisor Charles Harrington tells the Press-Republican of Plattsburgh that he wants to explore the idea of charging a fee for using public hiking trails in the Adirondacks. He says the fees could generate significant revenue for the state.

Harrington says hikers could buy state-issued permits using an Internet-based payment system.

Other local officials are against the plan, saying it would discourage people from visiting the region.

State-owned hiking trails are administered by the Department of Environmental Conservation. A DEC official told the newspaper that there hasn’t been any proposal to charge hiking fees.

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October 12, 2012
11:37 a.m.
ThePhilistine says...

So now in NYS they want to charge you to go outside. Im guessing if you went outside and did not pay the fee you could be charged with theft or trespassing. Great idea make government so big they even have a say on people going for walks. BS

October 12, 2012
3:20 p.m.
fbsdmd says...

Maybe they could position cigarette machines along the trails. Think of the significant revenue this would generate for the state. Here's a money saver-let's cut down on the number of Town Supervisors.

October 12, 2012
4:10 p.m.
barbvoor says...

Way to go! This way, venders of computers and phones won't have ANY competition from the parks and trails. (Not that there is much now...)

October 12, 2012
4:43 p.m.
1lester2 says...

Bad idea ! Why on earth would you want to charge/tax hiking. However, I could see a minimal charge when someone gets lost or hurt and the Forest Rangers and all of their equipment, etc. is summoned.

October 12, 2012
5:04 p.m.
pbd says...

This is an extremely ill-advised proposition. It would certainly discourage me from visiting the region!

October 12, 2012
11:36 p.m.
roses says...

The State doesn't own the Trails,The People of NY who pay taxes do !!! We have already paid to buy the land,Why should we have to pay to use it,,, This Taxation with this State and Federal Government has to End<<<Aren't they getting enough ???

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