Getting out into nature, even for 15 minutes a day, will have a positive effect on your mental and physical health. Spending days unplugged will help you find an inner zen that money can’t buy. Or as Jack Kerouac put it, “One man practicing kindness in the wilderness is worth all the temples this world pulls.”
Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York announced plans to create a massive trail across his state. The Empire State Trail will combine 40 separate trails that already exist in the state — creating a 750-mile run that will connect New York City to Canada.
The trail will link the Erie Canal to the Hudson River on an east/west axis and Manhattan to the Canadian border on a north/south axis. Governor Cuomo is touting his new project as the “largest state multi-use trail in the nation.” Local politicians and naturists hope that the trail will be as big of draw for tourists who want a unique adventure as it will be for local New Yorkers looking to disconnect from city life and discover more of their own state.
The trail plans to connect “the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site in Buffalo, Fort Ticonderoga in the Adirondack Mountains and Battery Park, which provides a clear view of the Statue of Liberty.” The cost of the whole trail is upwards of $200 million spread over three years. The cost is being offset by a $56 million investment from the State of New York and the fact that the existing trails already generate $274 million in annual revenue.
So who’s ready for a little adventure through New York? Check out some pics below to entice you onto that new, open road!
(Via The Buffalo News)