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Ahh, fall…the terrible heat of the summer is behind us and now is the perfect time to head out to nature and go camping amidst the beautiful natural palette of foliage.

While you won’t encounter the stifling heat and humidity, you do need to be prepared for sometimes sudden drops in temperature. Follow some simple guidelines and you’ll have a beautiful (and mosquito-free) adventure.

Find the perfect spot. Ask around among your nature-loving friends or visit ExperienceOldForge.com to help find the location that is perfect for your specific needs.

Since fall foliage is the main reason to go out this season, plan with peak colors in mind. The colors are usually most stunning from September through October. 

You can never be over-prepared for the temperature. Have a sleeping bag that protects against temperatures lower than you expect. Mummy sleeping bags are best for keeping warm because they cling closer to your body.

Rain is more prevalent in this season so get a good three-season tent that provides full rain protection. Always bring a tarp to place underneath your tent to protect from moisture seeping up. 

While you’re outside layering is the key to staying comfortable. Try layers of breathable, water-resistant clothing. Wool, fleece and synthetic materials will help keep you warm and dry. Avoid cotton clothing. 

Dry firewood can become scarce in autumn. Pick some up at Old Forge Camping Resort’s camping store so you don’t have to risk going without. 

Finally, don’t be afraid to eat. A hearty, warm meal can make a huge impact on your physical and mental state. A nice big meal will help fuel your body, replenish your muscles, and keep you warm through the long, cold night. (Besides, it’s fall, no one will see you in a bathing suit).

Stay warm, stay safe, and be sure to bring a camera. 

 

 

So you’ve had it with civilization and figure it’s time to head to the peace and tranquility of camping outdoors? Slow down, you need to get a few things straight so that you make sure your first time “roughing it” so it isn’t so rough!

It’s always best for your first time to tag along with an experienced camper, but if that isn’t available, follow these tips:

First, keep things simple. Don’t overstock yourself.

You’ll need a tent. Again, keep it simple, a three-person tent is ideal for a couple while a six-person tent comfortably houses a family of four. Check the tent height, and give yourself plenty of headroom. when you’re trying to change your clothes, you’ll be glad you did. Practice setting up your tent at home. Being out at a campsite is the wrong time to discover the manufacturer left you a few pegs short.

Next, a sleeping bag. After finding the proper size, it is important to determine what temperature rating you want for the bag. If you’re planning on only going fair-weather camping, a summer bag is probably all you’ll need, Underneath that, you’ll want a good sleeping pad. It is not only more comfortable, the pad will act as insulation to keep you from losing body heat on the cold, wet ground.

Other necessary gear includes:
• Proper clothing (remember, it gets cold at night and can rain at any time)
• A lantern or flashlight – your cell phone has a flashlight, but we’re camping – so try to use your phone as little as possible (we dare you)
• A two-burner propane stove
• Cooler with ice
• Pot, plates, cups, and utensils
• Bottle and can openers
• Camp chairs
• Toiletries
• Bug spray
• Sunscreen
• First-aid kit
• Plenty of food and water
• Trash bags

The most important thing to bring is simply common sense. Avoid wild animals, don’t leave a mess, be courteous to other campers and exercise all basic safety precautions.

OLD FORGE, NY…Enchanted Forest Water Safari (EFWS) part of Water Safari Resort has been named as a winner in the 2018 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice® Attractions awards as one of the top 25 water parks in the United States for the fifth year in a row. Based on an algorithm that takes into account both the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings of amusement and water parks over a 12-month period, Enchanted Forest Water Safari in Old Forge was named No. 10 on the list.

EFWS also won the 2018 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame. The achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have consistently achieved great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients includes accommodations, restaurants, and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.

EFWS is New York's largest water theme park with more than 50 rides and attractions, including 32 water rides. The park also features classic amusement rides for all ages, fun food, exciting games storybook characters, a family circus show and more.

“We are thrilled to receive this award for the fifth year in a row! It takes a great team to make this award possible, including our team members and our guests. Thank you to everyone for putting us at the top!” said Katie Wojdyla, Vice President and Director of Marketing for EFWS. “We strive to provide safe, clean, family fun with unprecedented value and service as our main goals.”

The Water Park is part of Water Safari Resort, which includes Water’s Edge Inn, Old Forge Camping Resort and Calypso’s Cove Family Fun Park. Past visitors to the park have expressed their experience with reviews on TripAdvisor, “Another wonderful family adventure” “Best waterpark in the area” “Always a fun experience!” “Best day with grandkids” “A family tradition”.

The Travelers’ Choice Attractions awards honor the top 1% of attractions worldwide based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travelers. TripAdvisor has highlighted the world’s top attractions using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for amusement parks and water parks worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

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Old Forge New York is one of the greatest day-trip destinations in the Northeast, but why stop there? With so much to experience, you can easily make it a weekend.

If you’re going to stay a weekend, you’ll need accommodations. Okay, simple enough, but what’s your preference, high-end or rustic? Old Forge can take care of both.  The Old Forge Camping Resort is nestled on Lake Serene. Here you can go with the basics and pitch a tent on one of the many sites spread across 130 acres of woods. Move it up a notch and stay in one of our log camping cabins. These one-room cabins sleep four comfortably with a double bed and a set of single bunks. Another popular choice is the Adirondack Cottage, which includes a bathroom with shower and kitchenette. Or, you bring your own, RVs are welcome, and the resort offers water and electric sites, pull-thru water and electric sites, full hook-ups, and lakefront full hook-ups spread beautifully over 130 wooded acres. Each site is complete with a picnic table and fire circle.  

Still not to your liking? Consider the Water’s Edge Inn, the premier lodging destination in Old Forge with guest rooms and luxury suites.

Whatever your choice for your weekend home, you will be right next to the New York State’s largest water park, Enchanted Forest Water Safari, which features more than 50 shows and attractions. Once you've dried off and hungry, head to any of the seemingly endless dining opportunities in Old Forge. From the simple basic foods at Walt’s Diner or the Adirondack Dog House, to the delicious cuisine of Frankie’s Taste of Italy

After a hearty meal, take a walk through the town and enjoy shopping or browsing through the many specialty shops that line the community. 

Then, it’s time to get back to nature. Spend a day hiking on the seemingly endless trails that are available. Depending on the time of year, you will see countless species of birds, including the American Bald Eagle. Take a hike up a mountain and get a view of the Fulton Chain of Lakes that will leave you speechless (just bring a camera because you won’t be able to describe how beautiful it is). Want a bird’s-eye view without the climb? Enjoy the McCauley Mountain scenic chairlift. While you’re at it, try your hand at fishing. No equipment? Don’t worry, there are plenty of places to rent whatever you need. Your outdoor adventure can also include river rafting and tubing with the Adirondack River Outfitters, and the Old Forge Lake Cruises

For the art enthusiast, there is View, a multi-cultural arts center features works by artists from throughout North America. 

There’s more. May we suggest Calypso’s Cove family fun park, Thendara golf club, the Fulton Chain Craft Brewery…. did we say weekend? Maybe you want to make it a week. 

Take a deep breath, now exhale slowly - Ahhh, Spring, the weather is warmer, and the snow is gone. But wait, that means no more skiing and snowmobiling...what is there for a person to do? 

In Old Forge, a change of seasons merely means changing from one exciting activity to another. The outdoors is calling and there is a new host of things to do. 

Take a guided white-water rafting trip - The whitewater rafting season in the Adirondacks typically begins in April as the snow melt-off creates ideal fast-moving white water for weeks during the spring. The Old Forge Camping Resort is the base for Spring Moose River trips

Get out and hike…yes, it’s going to be a bit muddy, but the smaller peaks are ideal for spring hiking because the lower elevations usually dry up before the higher ones. Many of these peaks offer views that comparable to those in the High Peaks and require half the effort. 

Go shopping - If you are, however, more inclined for less nature-related activities, spring is the perfect weather to get out and walk to visit the various shops that are located throughout the Old Forge region. From basic sundries to specialty items you can easily find yourself enjoying a day of shopping.

Dine out- Another favorite spring activity is dining out! Slickers is an Old Forge favorite featuring Pizza, Wings, Burgers, Fresh Salads, seafood and more! 

However you choose to enjoy the spring, we welcome you to make Old Forge Camping Resort your Adirondack Base Camp. 

 

If you gracefully glide down a mountain with the dexterity of a gazelle or you spend most of the time falling on your back, we can help you figure out what your skiing skill level is.  

For those of you in-between, you can determine your skill level with these basic guidelines.  

Beginner 

• You are a first-time skier, or you have skied before but cannot yet snow plow 

• You skied at least once before, ski at a slow pace, stop using a snow plow and trying changes in direction  

• You can ski linked snow plow turns, but easy blues remain a challenge  

 

Intermediate — Advanced

• You begin exploring more in a parallel stance, may use snow plow in trouble. You Like to travel faster and enjoy skiing a series of turns. Prefer not to ski reds or moguls just yet  

• You are gaining confidence and are starting to feel the skis carve at times, you are comfortable on reds and are trying the odd black and some easy moguls  

• You can make strong parallel turns in various conditions with the ability to make short and long radius turns, enjoying speed and carving turns.  

• You are enjoying trying blacks and moguls but want to progress more. 

 

Advanced — Expert 

• You are a confident skier and have skied many different resorts, you are more aware of equipment and what it can do for you. You want to ski either high-speed carving turns, develop all mountain freeride technique, or explore doing tricks in the park.  

• You have the ability to ski on and off piste (groomed run) and probably looking to own your own all-mountain skis to take you anywhere because you are confident and comfortable doing so.  

• You can deal with any terrain and conditions, you are possibly an instructor or professional, or backcountry powder hound.  

 


McCauley Mountain's 633 vertical foot drop contains all the skiing boasted by ski areas three times its size. From long cruisers to steep bumps and glades, to double-black diamond challengers, McCauley has it all. Twenty-one slopes and trails up to a mile long, a double chairlift, two T-Bar lifts, and rope tows. Skiers moving out of the beginner ranks get a big bonus: McCauley offers accommodating trails from the summit. Everyone gets up in skier country to enjoy the views which extend all the way to Whiteface and Mt. Marcy in the high peaks region. It's "big mountain" skiing without the long lift lines and high prices.  

We invite you to Come Play in our Snow and take advantage of Old Forge Camping Resorts Winter Stay N Play Package, which includes overnight accommodations at a discounted rate!  

Book Two Nights Sunday - Thursday in a Cabin or Cottage, get One Night FREE!, Book One Night Sunday-Thursday in a Cabin or Cottage, get One Night 50% off!, or Book with us Friday and Saturday in a Cabin or Cottage and get 50% off on Sunday! 

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While others dread the arrival of snow, we love it here in Old Forge! Snow brings with it the best snowmobiling in the Northeast! More than 500 miles of groomed trails cascade along twist through blanketed forests and frozen lakes, creating a breathtaking winter panorama.

Here are just a few reasons why snowmobiling in Old Forge is the best: 

1. Snowmobilers get to see places that can’t be accessed other times of the year.  

 2. The trail system is well marked and connects with all major snowmobile trail systems in Central and Upstate New York 

 3. Old Forge has an average annual snowfall of 177.3 inches, which is 692% more than the national average. This makes the Old Forge trail conditions one of the best in the North East. 

 4. There are a variety of riding conditions with an incredible number of places to stop, eat, drink, or stay, not to mention maintenance shops for all major sled brands within 15 minutes of Old Forge.  Whether it’s breakfast at Ozzie’s Coffee Bar or dinner at Slickers Adirondack Tavern- you are guaranteed a delicious meal in Old Forge!  

5. It’s only 200 miles from most major cities in New York, New Jersey and Ontario, Canada. 

6. Hit the trails as early as possible by filling up your snowmobile in the Enchanted Forest Water Safari parking lot across from Waters Edge Inn at Enchanted Gas, which is open 24/7 and is easily accessible from Trails 1 and 5. Only credit and debit cards are accepted, so be sure to bring your card!

7. Packages & Offers exclusively for Snowmobilers! Old Forge Camping Resort offers many great packages to help you make the most of your day in Old Forge! You can see our full list of winter packages HERE.

Our sister property, Water’s Edge Inn offers many great plans and packages also! 

Purchase a Full Season Permit, Weekday Season Permit, or a Seven Consecutive Days Permit to fit your needs at a reasonable price! Prices are per snowmobile and can be purchased during the Inn’s operational hours at the Tourism Information Center, making it easy to get your snowmobile on the road!

Water’s Edge Inn also offers a Snowmobile Park & Ride offer. The discount package includes a two weeknight stay for two guests in your choice of a Lakeview Double or Standard Double room. Also, enjoy dinner at one of the restaurants in the area, and a complimentary continental breakfast every morning of your stay. What’s better than a warm breakfast before a cold, snowy day on the trails?!

NEW for 2018 — Town of Webb Snowmobile Permit sales will be on location at both Old Forge Camping Resort & Water’s Edge Inn!  

Whether you are riding a Polaris, Ski-Doo, Arctic Cat or even a vintage sled-Come join us…winter won’t last forever! 

The Adirondacks are a beautiful year-round destination. The winter, with the snow, brings new and exciting ways to enjoy the outdoors. With so many options and places to check out, we have compiled the top 10 activities to try this winter!

Snowmobiling

Old Forge, New York is the snowmobile capital of the east! Old Forge Camping Resort and Water’s Edge Inn have direct access to the trails and offer a discount for all NYSSA members come winter into spring.

Winter Hiking

Hiking is one of the most well-known activities the Adirondacks offer, and the best part is, it can be enjoyed all year long! With several trails open during the winter, it is a whole new hiking experience. Just remember to dress warm!

 

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing is another great way to enjoy winter hiking because it can be done anywhere! Being cheaper and easier to learn than skiing and snowboarding, it is a great activity for groups! At the Wild Center, you can try out snowshoeing for free! With their 31-acres and nature guides, you can enjoy a beautiful day in the Adirondacks with the whole family!

Skiing/Snowboarding

With freshly packed snow, skiing and snowboarding are always a favorite in the Adirondacks. McCauley Mountain Ski Center is a wonderful place for the whole family to get out and enjoy a day on the slopes.

Ice Fishing

The Adirondacks are home to a region of lakes, making it the perfect destination for ice fishing! The Fulton Chain of Lakes, surrounding the Inlet and Old Forge area have been known to be the home of several kinds of fish, all varying in size. Once the water freezes, you’ll be sure to see tons of people coming out to see what they can catch!

Winter Camping

Winter camping is the perfect getaway for a family weekend! At Old Forge Camping Resort, they have heated bathrooms, and kitchen facilities, all to make your camping trip safe and enjoyable all year round! So instead of being stuck in the house this winter, grab the kids and head out to the Adirondacks.

Ice Skating

When those lakes freeze and the snow begins to fall, you can be sure to find ice skating on everyone’s ‘winter to do list.’ Whether you go in a group or solo, ice skating is a super fun way to enjoy the cold weather. Go skating at Old Forge’s outdoor rink or at Inlet’s Fern Park, if you prefer the added warmth of an indoor rink.

Sledding

When you think winter and snow, you think sledding, snowball fights, snow forts, and so much more. The Adirondacks, when covered in snow, are a great place to spend the day outside and bask in all the winter fun! Whether you are camping at Old Forge Camping Resort or visiting for the day, be sure to get out there and build a snowman!

Cross-Country Skiing

Along with snowshoe packages, Old Forge Camping Resort also offers a cross-country skiing package. With nearby access to hundreds of miles of the Adirondacks most pristine trail systems for either the snowshoer or nordic skier, what’s not to love?!

Winter Carnivals

The Adirondacks are the host of nearly 14 winter carnivals every winter! With fireworks, snowmobile rides, bonfires, music and more, the Adirondacks are your go-to winter destination! Check out McCauley Mountain Ski Area in Old Forge this winter, to have a blast at one of these snow loving carnivals!

It’s winter, and when you live in the northeast you have two options: complain about it, or enjoy it!

If you’re the type who chooses to enjoy it, you’re in the right place. The Adirondack region is the ideal spot for all things good about the cold and snow (and yes, there are plenty).

Let’s start at the top and go down, literally. Being mountains, the Adirondacks are ideal for skiing and snowboarding. The Adirondacks offer the best skiing in the northeast, for those who’ve never been on skis to lifelong enthusiasts. McCauley Mountain, in the heart of Old Forge, boasts a 633-foot vertical foot drop with long cruisers to steep bumps and glades, to double-black diamond challengers, twenty-one slopes and trails up to a mile long, a double chairlift, two T-Bar lifts, and rope tows.

Maybe you’re into something more powerful. To you, winter means firing up your snowmobile and heading out. Old Forge, with hundreds of miles of trails, calls itself the “Snowmobile Capital of the East.” Trails, groomed twice daily during the winter, connect with all of New York’s other major trail systems and the Canadian border. Trails open in early December and stay open as long as conditions permit.

In Old Forge, most of the trails are loops, allowing riders to begin and end their trip in Old Forge. Snowmobiling is allowed on trails in nearby Fulton Chain and Moose River Plains Wild Forests. Some of the trails in the region are mapped for GPS and smartphone users.

If you’re coming from out of town, Old Forge provides serval options for dining. The Thendara Pine Restaurant serves steaks, chops, and seafood. 

The Glenmore Bar and Grill is just off Trail No. 10. Snowmobilers also can get to the restaurant from the lake when it’s frozen. Daiker’s restaurant overlooks Fourth Lake serves casual fare and hosts Friday night fish dinners. Weekends feature live entertainment.

After dinner at any of the restaurants in the Old Forge area, you can always grab some shuteye at the cozy Old Forge Camping Resort or the luxurious Water’s Edge Inn.

 

Sometimes, gift giving can make the holiday’s a bit stressful, but not to worry! These gifts are all perfect for the loved one in your life who can’t get enough of the Adirondacks. Whether they like the outdoors, history, or everything Adirondack, we have got the gift for them!

View, a multi-arts center in Old Forge, is packed with culture and possible gifts for so many! Purchase tickets for any of their lovely events or performances, or sigh both you and your friend up for one of their workshops and enjoy the gift of learning together. Their workshops include creative arts, wellness, and youth classes. View also has a gift shop, with everything from books, clothing and jewelry, and home décor.

The Town of Webb Historical Society is a great place for the gift of history. At their gift shop, they have old maps of areas around Old Forge, map pins of mountains and lakes within the Adirondacks, and beautiful postcards. They also have several books written about the Adirondacks, including, Haunted Old Forge, Adirondack Logging, and Old Forge Gateway to the Adirondacks.

Located in Inlet, New York, is Jack Greco Custom Furniture. They have a whole Adirondack Lodge Collection. All their furniture is made right here in the USA, making it the perfect gift for the friend who wants to bring the Adirondacks home with them. From porch chairs, lighting fixtures, and custom frames, Jack Greco is the go-to place for all Adirondack furniture.

Book an overnight stay at Old Forge Camping Resort and gift them with the peace of the great outdoors. Open all year long, they can enjoy camping of any season. With snowmobiling in the winter, boat rentals in the spring and summer, and beautiful nature trails, OFCR is the is a great gift for all Adirondack lovers.

Book a sightseeing lake cruise in Old Forge and give the gift of a scenic, serene outing for your loved one. Open through the summer, Old Forge Lake Cruises offers Sightseeing Cruises that follow historic steamboat routes in Old Forge. About 2 hours long, they travel through First, Second, Third, and Fourth Lakes and provide an unforgettable window into the Adirondack’s history.

Have a film lover on your list? Buy a couple of tickets to a blockbuster at the Strand Theatre! Opened in 1923, the Strand is a vintage theater that shows recent releases at fantastic prices. With film memorabilia and old-fashioned décor, your loved one will take a step back in time for a nostalgic visit. An old world theater committed to satisfying guests of all ages, the Strand Theatre is a go-to for families!

Shopping for a wine connoisseur? Old Forge has many different wineries that offer a variety of delicious, high-quality wine. Book a trip for a group and head to Montezuma Winery for a taste of Old Forge at fantastic prices. A small, cozy winery in the middle of Old Forge, Montezuma Winery offers wine tasting and bottles of wine to satisfy anyone’s taste. Looking to impress a wine-lover in your life? Purchase a bottle of Montezuma’s Old Forge wine, specifically labeled for their location in Old Forge. The wines are exclusive to Old Forge and exhibit a feeling of the Adirondacks.

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