General FAQ

Where is the Keene Community Center?

It’s on Church Street in the hamlet of Keene.

Where is the ice skating rink and when is it staffed by an attendant?

It is behind the Community Center. Attendant’s hours are listed under the Keene Youth Commission tab.

Do dogs need to be licensed and/or leashed in Keene?

By New York State law, dogs must be licensed. Licenses can be obtained from the Town Clerk, and must be renewed annually. Further license information is located under the Animal Control and Town Clerk tabs. There is also a leash law in Keene that is intended to protect both humans and other animals.

Will my cell phone work in Keene?

AT&T and Verizon are currently the two available service providers in Keene.

Where is the nearest gas station?

We have one gas station in Keene at 10857 NYS Route 9N.

Where can I take my garbage and recyclables?

Garbage and recyclables may be taken to the Transfer Station at 61 Town Shed Lane, Keene. The Transfer Station accepts ONLY punch cards as payment, so buy a punch card BEFORE your first trip. You may buy punch cards at the Town Hall, McDonough’s Valley Hardware, Keene Public Library, or the Valley Grocery. More information is available on the Transfer Station tab.

Can we get married on Marcy Field?

Yes, but you will need to visit the parks and facility usage page and click on Marcy field rules and pricing here.

Hiking FAQ

How soon does the Garden Parking Lot fill up?

Best to get there early, by 6 AM on busy summer weekends. Be prepared with an alternative hike if the lot is full, or park at Marcy Field and take the Shuttle (see the hiking page here for more details about the shuttle).

Is it difficult to get parking at the Adirondack Loj?

On summer weekends, that lot can be filled by 8 AM. Best to plan to get there early and have an alternative hike planned.

Where can I purchase a trail map?

See the business tab for local retailers.

Where do I park for the Garden Shuttle?

Park at Marcy Field, located off Route 73 between Keene and Keene Valley.

Where can I get trail and hiker info?

Look at the Hiker Information page here. Otherwise, you may look for a Front Country Steward at Marcy Field and the Rooster Comb lot, or stop at the Mountaineer on Route 73 for advice.

Where can I buy a trail lunch?

Look at the business tab for local establishments.

What are some easy hikes for young families?

Baxter Mountain from Route 9N in Keene is a 1.5 mile hike with 764ft. elevation gain to a lovely summit. (3 miles round trip.) The Town Trail Loop from Marcy Field is a less than one mile hike with a view. See the Hiker Information here more suggestions.

Can I park on Route 73 for hiking?

There are designated spots along the Route 73 corridor for hiker parking. This may change in the future, so always plan ahead and check for changes. Parking in a no-parking zone will result in a costly parking ticket and possibly towing. See the Hiker Information page here for more info.

Do I need to wear snowshoes on hiking trails in the winter?

Yes. Snowshoes are mandatory if the snow is more than 12 inches deep, and highly recommended for most winter hikes as snow at higher elevations can be quite deep. Snowshoes help maintain a packed trail, and prevent dangerous post holes.

Where is the Jack Rabbit Ski Trail?

The Jack Rabbit Trail is located at the end of Alstead Hill Ln on the outskirts of Keene, and begins on the west side of the Adirondack Rock & River Lodge parking lot. This is a Wilderness, non-groomed, intermediate level trail. Skis or snowshoes are required.

Can I camp in parking lots?

It is illegal to camp or sleep in your car at any trailhead parking lot. The Chapel Pond day use area has a few camping sites. Camping is legal on state land as long as you are 150 feet from a road, trail, or body of water. Pack out all garbage and bury all human waste – see the Leave No Trace website here for more information on protecting natural resources.

What should I pack for a day hike?

Always bring a headlamp, map, compass, food, water, rain gear, and a first aid kit. See the Leave No Trace website for more information on hiking essentials and safety principles. Always check the weather before heading out.