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The majestic views of Old Forge aren’t limited to those at the tops of the highest mountains. There are magnificent vistas to be found at countless accessible sites all throughout the region. 

McCauley Mountain Scenic Chairlift

This serene ride is one of the most accessible ways to take in the panoramic scenery of Old Forge- no hiking necessary! The lift takes you to the crest of McCauley Mountain, where you can enjoy a picnic lunch and take in the unforgettable views of the Fulton Chain of Lakes, with Whiteface Mountain and Mount Marcy on the horizon. Perfect on a sunny fall day, the chairlift offers a tranquil Adirondack experience for a stress-free day in nature. 

Moss Lake

Moss Lake offers a handicapped/wheelchair accessible trail that opens up onto a lakeview balcony with built-in benches. The short, flat trail to the dock and beach access area is well worth the vistas you’ll encounter. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery on the observation deck as you listen to birds chirp overhead. 

Browns Tract

Browns Tract boasts another of Old Forge’s most accessible scenic trails. The flat, well-kept trail leads to a dock that opens up to a captivating view on the shore of Browns Tract Pond. This relaxing, quiet walk offers visitors a peaceful getaway, while still located near several local attractions in Old Forge and Inlet.

Fourth Lake Day Use Area

Dock space and picnic tables are aplenty at this day use area on the shore of Fourth Lake. Stop by a local restaurant on your way and pick up a lunch to take with you for your day on the lake. Delight in the peace and tranquility of Fourth Lake and take in the beautiful views as the sun dances across the water and the breeze sways the trees. 

Scenic Byways

The scenic byways of the Adirondacks provide stunning views- without even having to get out of the car! Roll down the windows and smell the crisp fall air as you traverse miles of historic trails. Year-round, take in the scenery from fall foliage to snowcapped trees. And with hundreds of miles of trails to choose from, you’ll never see the same view twice.

 

New Year’s resolutions are made with the intention of making the most of our time, our resources, and of ourselves. Maybe your resolution is to be more active or to try something new. Maybe it’s to expand your mind or improve relationships. Whether you’ve kept up with your resolution or not; we think your resolutions could be met with “Your 2019 Must-Do Checklist” – imagine yourself in Old Forge…

☐ Paddling grab an oar! Paddling enthusiasts will tell you the Adirondacks has something for every skill level from the sublime to the most challenging waters. We recommend a Moose River trip!

☐ Mountain biking – develop your skills. From flat trails to the most difficult terrain, you're sure to find something that suits your riding preference. There are new Mountain Biking Trails at McCauley Mountain, check them out! Read more on this blog: Bike, Hike, and Views in the Adirondacks.

☐ Skiing – McCauley Mountain – This is a little mountain with big mountain challenges. Olympic skiers grew up on McCauley! So, whether you're a seasoned shredder or just starting out, you'll love McCauley Mountain.

☐ Snowmobiling – thrilling! It’s no secret that Old Forge is the snowmobile capital of the East! With over 500 miles of snowy trails, snowmobilers flock to the area annually. Learn what it’s like from the professionals “Grooming the Snowmobile Capital of the East” in this blog on ExperienceOldForge.com and “Snowmobile tips and tricks in the Adirondacks”. You could even rent sleds here in town! Reach out by phone to either of these fine businesses, they’ll have you equipped and ready to get on the trail: Old Forge Sport Tours at (315) 369-3796 and RPM Snowmobile Rentals at (315) 369-5522.

☐ Camping – relax, find serenity, bring the family or come with a friend. We may be biased, but we love Old Forge Camping Resort’s campgrounds. We have year-round accommodations and a beautiful lakeside view. Of course, there are other camping experiences in the Old Forge area from state campgrounds to privately owned establishments. If you’re new to camping, check out our recent blog “Try Camping: A Beginner’s Guide” and “Winter Hiking Do’s & Don’ts”.

☐ Hiking – find your favorite view! With options for the beginner and the expert, the Adirondack Park has it all! Hiking is one of the most popular 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! We recommend these gems: Lock & Dam (Easy), Bald Mountain AKA Rondaxe Mountain (Intermediate), or Black Bear (More challenging).

☐ Shopping - get lost at Old Forge Hardware! It's a must-do any season you visit. Mountain Greenery - ADK gifts & flowers and women's & children's apparel, MountainMan - to get the true ADK look and for all your outdoor needs. For more ideas, check out this blog on WatersEdgeInn.com titled “Give Your Home an Adirondack Feel by Adding Some Adirondack Flair.”

☐ Things To Do - snowmobile (Snofest/Snodeo), biggest St. Patrick's Day in the ADKs - the Friday before St. Patrick's Day, Payne's Air Service for unique Fall Foliage experience, Christmas on Main Street, Strand Theatre - a unique experience all on its own! With old film artifacts dating back as far as 1923, this is a local treasure which features today’s movies. For more ideas, check out this blog also on WatersEdgeInn.com titled “Live Like a Local – 8 Best Experiences in Old Forge.” Create a new ADK tradition with a Summer outing with your colleagues or extended family to Enchanted Forest Water Safari or Calypso’s Cove. Rent a boat or kayak and change your point of view.

☐ Historical Interest – a look back! If you’re into vintage photos and postcards or genealogy, then The Goodsell Museum by the Town of Webb Historical Association should be on your must-do checklist! Afterward, of course, visit the Strand Theatre (see above ☝️)

☐ Arts – enjoy unique pieces of art? Open year-round, View Arts is an attraction for both locals and visitors alike! Featuring artists from across North America, known for its juried exhibitions and its displays of the work of regional and local artists. View Arts also offers many events, workshops, and performances which means they have a little something for everyone no matter what age.

The Pickle Boat- Crispy Shrimp Roll

☐ Culinary Experience – good eats! Enjoy a central New York favorite – chicken riggies at Thendera Pine Restaurant, the seasoned clams at Tony Harper's Restaurant, a variety of chicken wing flavors at the Screamen Eagle, or brunch at the Mountainside Smokehouse & Grill. Looking for an international flavor? Try the French dip at Slickers Adirondack Tavern, Frankie's Taste of Italy or the variety of options at The Pickle Boat Grill, where you can find sushi and Mexican dishes in one stop! Whatever your taste buds crave, you will find it when you eat where the locals eat. For more ideas, check out this blog “Top Eats in Old Forge”

In the summer months, incorporate even more fun into your checklist! Whether you bring the kids or you're a kid at heart, Enchanted Forest Water Safari and Calypso’s Cove will bring thrills and smiles – truly memorable experiences at Water Safari Resort.

Plan your getaways for the year. Start a new tradition with the family or plan some solo time to dig deeper within yourself. Here’s to YOUR 2019 Must-Do Checklist!

 

Read Next:

  1. Bike, Hike, and Views in the Adirondacks
  2. “Try Camping: A Beginner’s Guide” 
  3. “Winter Hiking Do’s & Don’ts” 
  4. “Grooming the Snowmobile Capital of the East” 
  5. “Snowmobile tips and tricks in the Adirondacks.”
  6. “Top Eats in Old Forge”
  7. “Give Your Home an Adirondack Feel by Adding Some Adirondack Flair.”
  8. “Live Like a Local – 8 Best Experiences in Old Forge.”

 

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 groomed snowmobile trails and offer a discount for all NYSSA members. Old Forge’s proximity to the Tug Hill Plateau, which regularly accumulates 300 inches of snow per year, makes the Old Forge region a sure bet for good trail conditions. In the greater Old Forge area, there are more than 500 miles of trails, and many town streets are open to snowmobiles.

In the outskirts of Old Forge is McCauley Mountain Ski Area offering twenty-one slopes and trails up to a mile long, a double chairlift, two T-Bar lifts, and rope tows. In addition to the annual natural snowfall of nearly 300 inches, McCauley has snowmaking and exceptional grooming to ensure the best conditions. The most serious thrill-seeking skier shouldn’t let the 633-foot vertical drop deter them because there are challenging double-black diamond slopes to conquer. Cross Country enthusiasts can enjoy up to 10k of groomed trails.

The Wild Center in nearby Tupper Lake offers winter family fun and as an added bonus; each guest receives free snowshoes in the winter! USA Today called it the place “not to miss.” From live river otters swimming in their own waterfall to stunning high definition films, snowshoe trails, and a warm cafe, The Wild Center is an indoor and outdoor winter attraction. The Wall Street Journal called The Wild Center “glorious” and The New York Times called it “stunning”. The Wild Center is open all winter on Friday, Saturdays, and Sundays.

There are a couple of outdoor skating rinks in the area; Old Forge Outdoor Ice-Skating Rink on Joy Tract Road and Fern Park Outdoor Ice Skating Rink on Loomis Road in Inlet. The best way to discover a few favorite sledding sites in Old Forge is to inquire at the Town of Webb Information Center.

Think Snow!

 

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! 

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