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Ahhhh, Fall. It’s here, there’s no denying it. Fall camping offers many rewards, including less-crowded campgrounds, increased wildlife spotting, and outdoor recreation pursuits best experienced in the cooler months. While the season brings colorful foliage and cooler temperatures, it also brings a wide variety of amazing foods to supplement your camping.

Cooler temperatures call for heartier cuisine, and simplicity is key when your cooking outdoors. 

The ultimate, undisputed champion of one-pot cooking is chili, a savory combination of meat, tomatoes, onions and beans, all slow-simmered with a variety of seasonings. Bear in mind, however, that the opportunities for variations of the ingredients is limitless, you just can’t go wrong. Load the pot early, let it simmer then enjoy the satisfaction as you sit bundled up near an early evening fire.

Your favorite stew recipe can almost always be recreated in the outdoors.  

Use a Dutch oven to allow your stew to simmer longer.

Fall is the time for squashes, butternut, acorn, and of course, pumpkin. These hearty and delectable gourds can be prepared in any number of ways but their finest hour is when they are roasted over an open flame then simmered into soups.Want to take less time and have more variety? Then try “hobo packs.” Simply wrap favorite combinations of meat, fish, vegetable and seasonings in heavy aluminum foil and place directly over the fire. These easy to make meals also allow for everyone in your camp to enjoy their own combination.

 For dessert, try a berry cobbler. Pick your own berries or buy a bag of frozen berries. Mix them with sugar and cinnamon, and top it with store-bought crust dough. Cook your cobbler in a Dutch oven or even over a campfire on a grill.

Close your day with the year-round campfire favorite of s’mores. 








Although it’s sad for most to see the summer months say goodbye, the start of school and chillier weather tells us that fall has finally arrived! Now, camping during ANY season is an amazing time, but fall camping presents some unique activities and scenery that we just can’t get the rest of the year.

We’ll soon have those brisk mornings, gorgeous fall foliage, the comfort foods we all know and love, all while you’re bundled up in cozy clothes—it’s no secret why autumn camping is a must for any outdoor enthusiast!

Here are the top 5 reasons why we love fall camping in Old Forge:

1. Perfect weather

Like we mentioned before, fall is one of the best seasons to camp simply because the weather is ideal! You have the brisk mornings you love to wake up to, warm sunny days topped off with cool crisp nights. The storms of summer are a thing of the past, so you’re left with clear sunny days filled with bright skies and puffy clouds perfect for day-long exploring through trails or on the water.

2. Less (or no) bugs

Say goodbye to burning citronella candles, swatting at mosquitos, and the smell of bug repellent. RV travelers and tent settlers can be comfortable with the doors open or unzipped without worrying about the pesky flies.

3. Campfire-cooked comfort food

Comfort food is a fall camping staple—cooking at the campsite is just one of the best parts that makes up the fall camping experience. When the cool evenings come, warm up at camp with the comfort foods best made over a fire.

4. Cheaper camping rates

Often, summer is the peak season for camping areas and parks (state and national), which translates to less expensive off-season rates and fewer crowds. Nothing beats having an open camping area nearly all to yourself!

We saved the best for last:

5. Adirondack fall foliage

Anywhere you go in New York promises to be beautiful, but in the Adirondacks, specifically Old Forge, shamelessly display the most gorgeous fall foliage than anywhere else in the state!

Just imagine:

You wake up on a crisp, still fall morning, unzip your tent or open your RV door, and take in the breathtaking spectrum of reds, oranges and yellow trees. Is there any better way to start the day? As you explore the beautiful Adirondacks whether you’re hiking, fishing, or paddle boarding, a lot more timeless with the Adirondack fall foliage in the background.

While fall in the Adirondacks is synonymous with brilliant foliage, the autumn months also mean hunting season. Hunting is permitted on all state lands, giving hunters a considerable amount of geography for their sport. Be considerate of private lands and, as always, exercise safety and caution.


Fall Hunting Seasons


Bow Hunting Season

Archery season for deer and black bear opens September 27 (regardless of the year) and continues through the next-to-last Saturday in October.


Deer and Bear

Deer and bear season commences on the next-to-last Saturday in October and continues through the first Sunday in December.


Muzzle-loading Season

Muzzle-loading season for deer and bear is the seven-day period ending on the day before the regular season begins.


Early Bear Season

Early bear season starts on the first Saturday after the second Monday in September through the day immediately preceding the opening of muzzleloading season.



Coyote hunting is one of the fastest growing sports in the country. New York State is home to approximately 20,000 to 30,000 coyotes, with an abundance in the Adirondack Park.

Coyote hunting is referred to as predator hunting because it falls under the same hunting techniques as hunting foxes and bobcats. It is extremely challenging they are so cunning and adaptable to their surroundings and situations. So much so that the Native Americans have said that coyotes will be the last survivors on the earth because of their skills.



Here is our list of the Adirondacks best-kept secrets!


Ozzie's Coffee Bar

Locals vote Ozzie’s as the best coffee in town! They also have sweet treats, amazing scones, delicious paninis, salads, and wine by the glass. And the best part? All their cold sandwiches are named after bodies of water in Old Forge!


Jack Greco's Custom Furniture

They specialize in Hickory furniture featuring an Adirondack lodge collection, porch rockers, artisan lighting, as well as rustic frames, poly furniture for the patio or dock, stained glass, and much more!


Toboggan Inn

The Toboggan Inn is the place to enjoy homemade comfort foods in a quaint and charming Adirondack atmosphere! For over 80 years, the building has provided locals and travelers alike with good food and memorable experiences. In honor of its rich history, they reestablished the restaurant's original name.


Payne’s Air Service

Located on Seventh Lake in in Inlet, NY, they offer scenic tours, fly-in wilderness fishing, hunting, and camping trips. See the Adirondacks by air with an ADK pilot as your guide!

In the fall, the Adirondacks becomes a world bursting with colorful adventure that’s a playground for kids and adults alike! Although Old Forge is known primarily for leaf-peeping, there are so many more exciting possibilities for fall fun in the Adirondacks. Here is a list of a few activities that the whole family can enjoy together to really make your time in beautiful upstate New York a time you’ll remember for years to come!


McCauley Mountain Scenic Chair Lift

Once Autumn hits, you’ll witness nature's amazing show as the colors of the Adirondacks change. Enjoy the stunning fall views of the historic Fulton Chain of Lakes as it stretches to the east with the line of the High Peaks rising beyond. On a clear day, Whiteface Mountain and Mount Marcy are visible on the horizon.


Old Forge Hiking Trails

There is a multitude of trails in Old Forge that are perfect for young kids, with Bald Mountain being one of them! Young kids will enjoy finding and identifying colors. A fun project is to have them draw pictures of the colorful leaves. Ignite their imagination and encourage them to bring some fallen leaves back home to make crafts out of their colorful souvenirs.


Old Forge Camping Resort Taste of Fall Festival

September 15-16, 2017 is The Taste of Fall Festival at Old Forge Camping Resort featuring the 10th Annual Campers Cook-Off! This is a popular event with a weekend full of special vendors, crafts, and family-friendly activities including the 15th anniversary of the famous Camper's Cook-Off. The Camper’s Cook-Off themed ingredient this year is APPLES. All entries must include the themed ingredient & must be cooked on your campsite. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place by popular vote! Not a cook? No problem! After judging, you're welcome to sample the entries and vote for your favorite! The fall foliage should be near full-peak that weekend, so be sure to make a reservation soon!


Autumn Adventure Weekends at Old Forge Camping Resort

This is Old Forge Camping Resort’s most popular event! Face painting, tie-dye, hay rides, a pumpkin carving contest, trick-or-treating, a costume parade, and more! Cabins at the resort will be on sale for the three Autumn Adventure weekends for only $89/night for 2 people!


In 2017, they will be hosting 3 of these popular weekends:

• September 22-23

• September 29-30

• October 13-14


Pumpkin Everything!

Enjoy pumpkin everything at Ozzie’s Coffee Bar! Ozzie’s is located right on Main Street in Old Forge and will feature a variety of fall-themed coffee and desserts. Pumpkin bread, pumpkin apple cider, pumpkin-flavored coffee drinks, pumpkin bread, are just a few of the mouth-watering treats you can treat yourself to at Ozzie’s!


Adirondack Music, Art & Food Festival

On Friday, September 22 through Sunday, September 24, The 3rd Annual Adirondack Music, Art and Food Festival at View! A weekend full of everything we have to offer! For complete information on performances, please viist https://www.viewarts.org/events/upcoming-events/adirondack-music-art-and... or call VIEW at 315-369-6411.


Horseback Riding

In the fall, we all love to get out and see the colors on a good tramp through the woods, but why not let a horse do the walking? Another unique way to view the fall foliage is on horseback. Adirondack Saddle Tours offers rides to all ages. Prices start an affordable $45 per person and you can explore trails through the beautiful Adirondack woods, by Cascade Lake, Cascade Falls and by Moss Lake!


Fall Fun for the Whole Family

In conclusion, there are so many ways to experience Adirondacks in the fall season. From scenic views to tasty treats, costume parades to horseback riding, the possibilities for fall family enjoyment are endless! Turn your visit into an unforgettable and affordable weekend by staying at either Water’s Edge Inn or Old Forge Camping Resort. We can’t wait to see you!


As Fall bursts into the annual colorful display of reds, purples and yellows and the season gives way to cooler air and crisp blue skies, the Adirondack Region boasts one of the finest fall foliage seasons. The region is rich in history, offers a variety of vistas and tempting dining options, which are uniquely the Adirondacks.


The Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Lake Café Deck

Formerly known as the Adirondack Museum, the Adirondack Experience will take you on an unforgettable, interactive journey that brings the spirit of the region and its people to life. The deck at the café is a great place to check out the Autumn beauty. Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, shares the history and culture of the Adirondack region in 24 historic and contemporary buildings on a 121-acre campus in the Central Adirondacks.


The Top of Blue Mountain Trail

Blue Mountain is one of the taller mountains in the Adirondack Park and one of the most popular hikes in the Hamilton County Region. Affording outstanding views for fall foliage enthusiasts, and a modest challenge to the summit, it attracts large numbers of people all year long. The trailhead is at the top of the long hill past The Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Lake. With a summit elevation of 3,760 feet, this destination boasts an incredible panoramic view.


McCauley Mountain Chairlift

For those who would prefer to ride to the summit instead of the hike, there is the chairlift ride to the top of McCauley Mountain. The cool, clear Autumn weather affords a profile of Whiteface Mountain and Mount Marcy on the horizon enhanced by the Fulton Chain of Lakes. You can pack a lunch and picnic with wildlife and all the beauty nature offers. Check the McCauley Mountain web site for the schedule of operation.


Raquette Lake Navigation Cruise Boat

Captain Dean Pohl will guide you as he navigates one of the most beautiful lakes in the Adirondacks; Raquette Lake. The added bonus that leaf-peepers may enjoy a dinner cruise along with the fall foliage. Raquette Lake Navigation is known for delicious food, attention to detail, meticulously clean and well-maintained vessel offering cruise and tour options for visitors for 26 years.


Bald Mountain – Rondaxe Fire Tower

This popular hike of a little over 1.5 miles culminates at the restored fire tower which may be climbed to enhance viewing. The summit area is above the tree line, hence the name Bald Mountain, and can accommodate the large number of hikers you might expect to see. There are many view points along the trail which concludes at the fire tower at the 2,350-foot summit.

The Adirondacks also offers unique attractions for fall such as the Wine Trail, the Wild Center Walk, Fort Ticonderoga, Ausable Chasm and View, which will enhance any leaf-peeping experience. Go to visitadirondacks.com to plan your Adirondack fall foliage tour augmented by any number of destination locations.

Special thanks to Mike Farmer, Publicity Director for the Town of Webb for his contribution to this list of places to enjoy fall foliage in the Adirondacks.


No matter where your adventure takes you, enjoy one of Old Forge’s finest accommodation locations, rustic Adirondack experience at Old Forge Camping Resort or rest assured at Old Forge’s premier lodging destination, Water’s Edge Inn.



It’s time to hit the trails. With the favorable weather and plenty of sunshine, now is the perfect time to hop on a bicycle or slip into some hiking shoes and explore the natural wonders of Old Forge and its surrounding areas.

The first thing to know about hiking or riding in the wilderness is that it is very different than walking around the block or even in your neighborhood park. The excitement and beauty of hitting the trails are what draws people outdoors, but it is important to properly prepare yourself. 

First, stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water before your ride, and bring enough for the trip. While special clothing is not necessary, dress in comfortable, breathable fabrics. Dressing in layers isn’t a bad idea, and know where you are going, take into account the terrain as it applies to your experience and skill levels.

For Cyclists:

Safford Pond: a 4.5-mile trail that connects Big Moose Lake and Lake Rondaxe. Beginner/Intermediate trail starts on Big Moose Road and ends on Rondaxe North Shore Road.

Seventh Lake Trail: Located in Inlet, this trail runs along Seventh Lake for 4.4 miles. Intermediate difficulty level, with a single track and fairly level terrain. Lots of places to stop and swim or enjoy the lake along the way.

Black Bear Trail to Bug Lake & Morgan's Miles: 7-Mile Inlet and Raquette Lake trail has some flat dirt roads that are great for beginning bikers. There are also some more challenging off-road trails for more advanced riders.

TOBIE Pedestrian and Bike Path

This bike path connects the communities of Thendara, Old Forge, Big Moose, Inlet, and Eagle Bay (TOBIE).

For Hikers:

Bald Mountain is probably the classic hike, perfect for beginners or those not looking for much of a challenge. It is a short hike to the peak and fire tower and offers perfect views of the wilderness and Fulton Chain of Lakes lakes.  

Cascade Lake offers a very nice hiking trail without too much tough terrain. This 6.4-mile loop of trail provides between three to five hours of Adirondack beauty. Cascade Lake is located right off Big Moose Road in Eagle Bay, NY. 

Rocky Mountain is one of the most popular hikes in the Old Forge area. The short distance and easy terrains make it perfect for families and even your dog. 

Moss Lake, located three miles from Eagle Bay is a two and a half mile trek around the lake. This easy hike offers great scenery.

After a day of outdoor Adirondack Adventures, end the evening under the stars at Old Forge Camping Resort or at Old Forge’s Premier Hotel, Water’s Edge Inn. 

Labor Day Weekend may be the ceremonial end of summer, but there is still a lot of Adirondack fun to be had in Old Forge! Take advantage of the three-day weekend by making a reservation at Water’s Edge Inn or Old Forge Camping Resort, both within walking distance to Enchanted Forest Water Safari, which will close for the season on Labor Day, Monday, September 4th.

After a day at the park take the family on the Old Forge Lake Cruises to watch the Labor Day Fireworks from the water. Enjoy the McCauley Mountain Scenic Chairlift Ride and the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, both will be in operation for spectacular views of the early colors of autumn in the Adirondack forests.


Here is what is going on around town Labor Day weekend!

Friday, September 1st: Old Forge Farmers Market - 1 pm - 5 pm; The farmers market is behind the Old Forge Hardware. The market is made up of an average of 15 vendors, including local artisans and craftspeople, offering a range of products and locally grown items.


Saturday, Sept 2: Plein Air Art Auction - Join View Arts Center during this exciting evening for the chance to own an original work of Adirondack art, created for and graciously donated to View by some of the region's most highly regarded plein air painters. The event includes the live auction, with more artwork in the lobby by participating artists, consignments, a raffle and more. The event is free and open to the public and all proceeds will go to underwrite programming at View.

Saturday, Sept 2: Falling Leaves Craft Fair - 10 am - 4 pm at the Park Ave Building. This show features hand-crafted items only. Come meet the talented artists! There is delicious food available. Admission of $2 to benefit non-profit charities.

Sunday, Sept 3: Labor Day Weekend Celebration - Music, Automobile Raffle & Fireworks over the Old Forge Pond. In addition to the vehicle raffle, 10 more prizes will be given away, including one $10,000 cash prize, one $3,000 cash prize, five $1,000 cash prizes and three $500 cash prizes. Only 999 tickets will be sold. This event is sponsored by The Central Adirondack Association.

Sunday, Sept 3: CAP-PY Duck Derby - Join in on what is becoming an Adirondack family event. Watch as 3,000 rubber ducks sail down the Moose River. Many great prizes from local sponsors. Sponsored by CAP-21.

Sunday, Sept 3: Live Music at the Old Forge Lake front at 7 pm, followed by fireworks!

Enjoy the many shops and restaurants in the Old Forge area during labor day weekend, many of which will be featuring the end of summer inventory clearance sales! Just because the summer is coming to an end doesn’t mean the Adirondack adventures must! Fall brings a whole new set of adventures to Old forge- including the best leaf peeping in the North East!

We work so hard to prepare when we go hiking – wearing the right gear, packing the first aid kit, spraying the correct bug spray, etc. add kids in the mix and our preparation is kicked into high gear. Knowing that you’re prepared will help make hiking safe and fun!

Have you heard the rhyme “Leaves of three leave them be, leaves of five – stay alive?” It helps us to remember which plants are Poison Ivy. This is a good trick on remembering how to identify (and avoid) this itchy plant. Did you know there are other plants that we should know to avoid? Don’t let poisonous plants ruin your fun - know how to identify them and keep your crew safe!


Poison Ivy – Everything about this plant should be avoided, even burning them and inhaling the vaporized oils can cause irritation. Read a full description here.

Poison Oak – Equipped with the same itchy oil that Poison Ivy has and its appearance is similar too. However, the leaves and tips are more rounded. These can be found in path edges, walls, roadways, etc. Read a full description here.

Poison Sumac – Moist grounds like the woods of the Adirondacks is the habitat for this woody shrub. Stems are always red, in summer. Read a full description here.

Tips from avid hikers:

- Layer up! Wear long socks and pants with your hiking boots to help protect your skin from plants, insects, and the sun. As you get hot, remove layers, but try to keep your socks pulled up!

- Watch where you’re stepping to avoid tripping on roots, sticks, and the person in front of you!

- Bring lots of water and snacks, don’t eat the plants or berries. 



Ever wonder where the people go who experience living in the Adirondacks year-round? Here are our top tips on where locals go! Check out these spots, and say “hello” to our hometown folks:

For food, locals love everything from fast to fancy:

Adirondack Pizzeria – Locals favorite pizza in town, also known as the "Arcade". You can catch all of local kids, families, parents, and even town cops stopping here to eat on their lunch breaks! The Arcade has the best tasting pizza in town! People wait all year long for the summer season to go get a slice of Arcade pizza.

ADK PizzaADK Pizza

Benny's Ice Cream - Great for outdoor seating to watch the cars go by. Benny’s is also conveniently located next to the best miniature golf course in town! Find the locals stopping by here with family and friends for Benny’s famous flavor blasters and razzels!


Slickers - Best known for their famous French Dips a local favorite. Also try their alcoholic beverage “Bush Wackers”. The locals love them. Many claim that Slickers also has the best wings in town!


Frankie's Taste of Italy – Fine Italian dining!  You can catch the locals there for any birthday or special event dinner.

Frankie's Taste of Italy - Old Forge, NYFrankie's Taste Of Italy

Ozzie's Coffee Bar - Perfect place for a coffee and latte with nice outdoor seating.

Ozzie's Coffee

For leisurely recreation, come and hang out at:

Mountainman Outdoor Supply - Where you can find local groups traveling together down the moose river. Stop and tan, eat, and hang out at all of the available sandy beaches.

Mountain Outdoor Supply

Second Lake - The best lake for swimming and linking up boats with friends!

It has the least amount of wind and waves and is great for sun bathing! Second Lake is also great to try out any water sport! The best time you can find the locals Waterskiing is early in the morning or late afternoon when the water is glass. Learn from the locals!

Second Lake Adirondacks

The Strand Theatre – Old Forge’s hometown movie theatre – showing first run, family friendly movies! The Strand Theatre is the best place to go on a rainy day! They have great ticket prices for new movies, amazing buttery popcorn, and all the candy you can think of!

Strand Theatre - Old Forge, NY

It’s summer, it’s hot, here’s where locals take a dip:

Green Bridge - Great swimming and fishing can be found at Green Bridge.

Green Bridge - Old Forge, NY

Second Lake Treasure Island - Park your boat on the sand bar and jump in! This Island is great for a day with the whole family! Come park your boat and take a swing of the rope swing!

Lock and Dam - Grab your friends and take a walk down this mile-long trail. Go for a dip at the end or have a campfire!

Rocky or Bald Mountain – Out two most popular mountains! They are both great for a quick hike with friends. If you’ve lived here all your life, you can basically walk these paths in your sleep. There is no way of getting lost with a local around.

 Bald Mountain Top ADK

Come, sit and have a beer with the locals, you’ll no doubt hear some great stories:

Fulton Chain Craft Brewery – Old Forge’s local Brewery featuring delicious local beers!

Fulton Chain Craft Brewery

Daiker’s Inn - Conveniently located right on the lake! Pull up by boat and have lunch or a drink with friends. 

Daiker's Inn

Back Door Bar -  Good drinks, great tunes and delicious food! This is a local favorite- insider tip- try the Mac & Cheese bites!

Back Door Bar - Old Forge, NY

Screamen' Eagle/Matt's Draft House in Inlet - With over 50 drafts to choose from including domestics and craft beers the variety is almost endless! Top that off with a delicious pizza and "Better than Buffalo" wings and you can see why this is a local favorite! 

Matt's Drafthouse or Screamin' Eagle - Inlet, NY


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