The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced the opening of a new reroute for a portion of the Devil’s Path and Long Path trails in the town of Hunter, New York.

A rerouted section on New York’s Devil’s Path. (NYDEC Photo)

A quarter-mile section of the trail was closed in early October after the vandalism of steel rungs on a rock face created a safety hazard for visitors.

Officials say the short reroute on the previously closed section between Twin Mountain Peak and Pecoy Notch Trail provides safe passage for visitors while maintaining the character of the Devil’s Path.

DEC plans to monitor the reroute to ensure there is no significant environmental degradation resulting from public use in this area. For more information about Devil’s Path in DEC’s Indian Head Wilderness, go to DEC’s website.