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What should I pack for my Adirondack Hike? The answer is not as obvious as it seems. You need to ask yourself some questions first, such as where and for how long you plan your hike to be and plan accordingly.

Before you look up at a mountain, you need to look down…at your feet. Before you venture out or up, leave the flip flops and cowboy boots at home, while stylish and comfortable, they will do you no good on the trails. Wear wool or synthetic socks. Cotton absorbs moisture and the moisture can cause friction which leads to blisters. Next you should have properly broken in boots. They should be comfortable and the proper size. You can opt for trail running shoes, which is close to that of a sneaker. Whether your footwear is waterproof is a personal choice. 

Now that your feet are set, what to bring?

Water—Carry 1 liter for every two hours you are out. 

Rain jacket—Lightweight, this can also be used as a wind barrier.

Food—When determining how much to bring, estimate the length of your trip and then being a little extra. It doesn’t weigh much and getting back to the car with a little extra food is much better than being weakened by hunger five miles away.  

Dry socks and shirt—Carried in a waterproof bag.

Map and compass—Carrying them is not enough. Learn how to use them before  you go out. 

First aid kit— Bandages of all sizes, gauze, sling antiseptic, anti-bacteria ointment, compression wrap, scissors. 

Some source of light—A headlamp is preferred by many over a flashlight because it leaves your hands free. Bringing a backup headlamp with extra batteries is a good idea. Before you start to think you won’t need one because you plan on being back before nightfall, understand that anything can happen and you are much better off finding your way back with a lamp than in the dark. 

Safety kit—In a waterproof container, carry matches and lighter, tinder small candle, multi-tool, mirror, whistle, garbage bag, duct tape, emergency blanket.

Optional gear can include rain pants, bandana, sun screen, bug repellant, cell phone, camera, hat, GPS, sunglasses

Of course, the best way to relax after an Adirondack Hike is by the Campfire at Old Forge Camping Resort.



 Old Forge’s Stay ‘N Play Destination,Enchanted Forest Water Safari (EFWS), Water’s Edge Inn, Old Forge Camping Resort and Calypso’s Cove Family Fun Center are now hiring for the 2017 Season.There are available positions in Admission Cashiers, Food Service/Catering, Games, Grounds Crew, Photographers, Water and Dry Ride Operators, Lifeguards, Certified EMTs / Security, Hotel/Campground, Reservations, Retail Stores, Housekeeping, Guest Services and more. Apply online at watersafari.com/employment/apply-now or stop by the Enchanted Forest Water Safari Office (3183 State Route 28, Old Forge) any Wednesday between 9am - 5pm for a guaranteed on-the-spot interview.  Additional interviews will be scheduled starting in February.All employees receive benefits that include free admission tickets to EFWS, exclusive team member events, free tickets to area attractions, the opportunity to earn team member rewards, opportunity to apply for the scholarship program, on site housing, area bus transportation and the opportunities for advancement.Old Forge Camping Resort is located next door to Water Safari offering year-round Adirondack lodging and special seasonal themed events. This family-friendly, versatile campground provides heated cabins and cottages as well as RV hook-up sites and tent sites. Water’s Edge Inn is Old Forge’s premiere lodging destination offering hotel amenities in a warm, all-season resort located directly across the street from Water Safari. All year ‘round things keep busy with the popularity of Old Forge as a winter destination.Calypso’s Cove Family Fun Park is next door to Water Safari. Open summer afternoons and evenings, attractions include go-kart, zipline and mini golf, plus an arcade, pizza, wings and more.  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.

Ladies and gentlemen start your sleds!  Old Forge, New York in the Adirondacks is the snowmobile capital of the northeast.

Here in Old Forge the snowmobile trail system connects with all major snowmobile trail systems in Central and Upstate New York. Enjoy the ride because each day two shifts of paid trail groomers keep the more than 500 miles of trails in top condition. Bring your cameras and take in the beautiful Adirondack mountains as you commandeer your sled through snow-covered forests, along frozen tundra’s and into communities of snow lovers.

Even this much fun needs to take a break, so rest yourself and your sled. The area is alive with many fine restaurants and taverns that cater to the snowmobiling community. Start your day off right with a cup of coffee at Ozzie’s Coffee Bar and end your day with a delicious meal from the Steakhouse. See the full list of restaurants at here!

To make your snowmobile vacation both enjoyable and safe, please take note of New York State and local laws and regulations pertaining to road and trail riding.

To learn more about our area you can visit our websites at www.oldforgeny.com or www.inletny.com.

There’s fun in numbers, so consider joining a snowmobile club!

New York State passed a law in 2006 that raised the New York State snowmobile registration fee to $100 unless you belong to a club recognized by the New York State Snowmobile Association (NYSSA). The fee remains at $45 for those who are members of NYSSA-recognized clubs.

The Towns of Webb and Inlet encourage you to join one of the local clubs here in the Central Adirondack area. The annual membership dues for most of the local clubs will be $30 for a family and will include husband, wife and any children living at the same address under the age of 18. These membership dues will entitle you to the voucher necessary to register your snowmobile with New York State for the lower registration fee of $45 per snowmobile. Local clubs in the area that are adjacent to our trail system include:


Beaver River Association of Skiers & Snowmobilers (BRASS)

Herkimer County (join BRASS),

Inlet Barnstormers Snowmobile Club

Hamilton County (join the Barnstormers online)

Trackside Blazers Snowmobile Club

Oneida County (join Trackside Blazers)

Brantingham Snowmobile Club

Lewis County (join the Brantingham Club).


You can join any New York State Snowmobile Association club online using a credit card.

The best snowmobiling in the Northeast is right here in Old Forge/Inlet, no wonder it’s called the Snowmobile Capital of the East! Over 500 Miles of groomed snowmobile trails twist through majestic forests and frozen  tundra’s, creating a breathtaking blanketed panorama of nature at its finest…


Here’s why:

1.) Breathtaking scenery – Riders get to see places you otherwise couldn’t access or see other times of the year. The Adirondacks turns into a Winter Wonderland!

Winter Scenery 8

2.) The Trail system is well marked and connects with all major snowmobile trail systems in Central and Upstate New York. 500 miles of trails are maintained every day with two shifts of grooming to ensure top conditions. Trails are good, even on busier weekends!

3.) Lake effect snow drops bands of the white stuff often! Old Forge has an average annual snowfall of 177.3 inches, which is 692% more than the national average. This is more annual snow fall than Alaska!


4.) Make it a weekend adventure, with the vast number of places to stay. From Guest rooms and Luxury Suites at Water’s Edge Inn to heated Cabins and Cottages at Old Forge Camping Resort and everything in between, there is a variety of accommodations available in Old Forge. Both accommodations offer winter stay ‘n play specials, trailer parking and direct access to the snowmobile trail system and non-ethanol gasoline 24/7!ofcr snowmobile

5.) There are tons of places to eat & drink, whether you travel to Old Forge, Inlet, Big Moose, or Stillwater. Start off with breakfast from Walt’s Diner, the 2016 winner for people’s choice for Best Breakfast from Adirondack Life Magazine and enjoy a midday bite & drink from Daiker’s on 4th Lake, and end the day with pizza and wings from Screamen’ Eagle in Inlet. – you can’t wrong

6.) Variety of riding conditions – trails, roads, lakes, (we do not suggest or recommend riding the lakes.)

7.) Different Day trips by snowmobile allow you to ride for several days and never do the same thing twice. Consider a ride to Stillwater or Raquette Lake by snowmobile.

8.) Away from the city, but not that far, in fact it’s only 200 miles from most major cities in New York, New Jersey and Ontario, Canada.

9.) Having problems with your ride? All major sled brands have shops within 15 minutes of Old Forge! 

10.) It’s a social thing: The snowmobiling community is great – tons of opportunity to meet new friends that all share the love of snowmobiling!

Snow on the ground is never a reason to stay indoors, not when you can enjoy winter camping in Old Forge. Need an adventure or a quiet getaway?  A winter landscape offers campers solitude, inspiration, natural quiet, and a vast playground to explore winter adventures you never thought you could do.


Winter camping has several advantages over summer camping:


1.)  The Old Forge Camping resort has heated cabins and cottages to make winter camping even more enjoyable.


2.)  You can hike, snowshoe, snowmobile or ski across frozen tundras to directly access locations that might require lengthy hikes during other seasons. Old Forge Camping Resort offers direct access to Trail 5 and over 500 miles of groomed snowmobile trails.


3.)  You get a clear and open view of the landscape.  Bare trees provide unobstructed vista views making every adventure worth the hike or climb.


4.)  There is a satisfaction in learning new skills or enhancing/extending your current outdoor skills. Don’t own your own equipment? No Worries! Old Forge Sports Tours & RPM Snowmobile Rentals rent snowmobiles, Mountainman Outdoor rents Snowshoes & cross country skis and McCauley Mountain Ski Resort offers rentals on downhill skis.


5.)  Where else can you enjoy a warm cozy campfire outside your rental at the end of the day, cook, make smores or just listen to the quiet?


6.)  Winter camping provides solitude and a feeling of exploration.


7.)  Clear night skies offer a great star grazing opportunities for amateur astronomers.


8.)  Night time sounds carry easily giving you a chorus of coyotes, owls, trees snapping and ice cracking.


9.)  Winter camping provides a different perspective and appreciation of nature.


10.) And the best part? No Bugs!


You’ll love the winter packages and offers that the Old Forge Camping Resort provides. The Old Forge Camping Resort offers a cross-country skiing or snowshoeing package which provides two nights of accommodations and 2 one day equipment rentals, two free hot drinks from the main lodge plus the opportunity for late check-out! Old Forge Camping Resort is proud to partner with the New York State Snowmobile Association by offering a 10% discount to members staying mid-week (Sunday-Thursday). Plus there are great winter stay ‘n play specials with 50% discounts and free nights, you can’t go wrong. This upcoming weekend, January 14th Join us for our 5th annual Bonfire! Bring a dish to pass, a place setting for yourself and your beverage of choice and join fellow winter enthusiasts for a fun filled evening! Family friendly entertainment will be provided.  The festivities begin at 6 pm.


Click here to see all of our GREAT Winter specials and book your stay today!


Or check out these Winter Deals, Discounts & special events:


McCauley Mountain Downhill Ski & Snowboard package: https://www.oldforgecamping.com/packages-and-offers/downhill-skiing


- NYSSA membership discounts: https://www.oldforgecamping.com/packages-and-offers/nyssa-membership-dis...


-Winter Carnival https://www.oldforgecamping.com/old-forge-events/special-events/winter-c...

When fall comes along we all start to think about some of the specialty foods that come along with it. The ones that come to mind as soon as fall is brought up is pumpkin spice and apple everything! Although these seem to be two of the most popular there are so many greater options to please your seasonal taste buds!

We’ve compiled a short list of “Fall” foods that can be made over your campfire for your Fall Camping Adventures! 

Sausage & Wild Rice in a Pumpkin:

Perfect Fall Dinner for Family & Friends around the Campfire!

1 lb ground sausage

4 cups Wild Rice, cooked

2 medium apples, diced

1 cup chicken broth

1 can cream of mushroom soup

salt and pepper to taste

6 small pumpkins 2″-3″ diameter

tin foil


1. Cook the rice before starting this, we recommend just minute rice because it the quickest! 

2. Crumble up the sausage and cook.

3. Cut the top of the pumpkin off, then clean and rinse it out

4. Dice up the apples, then combine all of the ingredients in the skillet or larger bowl.

5. Put the mixture into the pumpkins, spray cooking spray or rub butter on tin foil. Put the pumpkin in the center of the tin foil and cover. Do this separately for all the pumpkins. Bake for 30-40 minutes in the hot coals of the campfire! Then Enjoy!

Baked Apples:

Easy-to-make desert! Use the coals from your campfire to create this apple cinnamon treat!

4 large apples

1/4 cup raisins

4 tablespoons brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon butter


1. Remove the core of the apples with a knife, then place the coreless apple on a square of tin foil large enough to wrap completely around the apple. 

2. Stuff the center of the apple with a mix of raisins, nuts, roughly a spoonful of brown sugar, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and a small chunk of butter into each end. Then wrap the tin foil around the apple.

3. Put the tin foil wrapped apples in a bed of coals and let them roast for roughly 15 minutes.

4. Unwrap & eat with a fork and knife!

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds:

The perfect Fall snack that you can take away from your campsite on any adventure!

1 1/2 cups raw pumpkin seeds

2 teaspoons melted butter

Cinnamon (to taste)

Sugar (to taste)


1. Separate the seeds from the stringy pulp, rinse the seeds in a colander under cold water, then shake dry.

2.  Spread the seeds in a single layer on a tin foiled lined pan and roast them for about 30 minutes or until they are dry.

3. Toss the dried seeds with the cinnamon & sugar and add the butter, then toast for 2o minutes or until golden brown!


All of us pet owners love taking our four legged best friends on activities with us. Hiking is the perfect activity to bring your dog along with you on. What makes this better is that the beautiful Adirondack Park is right in our backyard here in Upstate New York. Only issue is picking a hike that will be enjoyable for you and your dog! That’s why we are going to help you out and make a top 5 list of hikes to go on with your dog!

#5- Moss Lake – Old Forge, NY

Trailhead and parking is on the left of Big Moose Rd. 3 miles from Eagle Bay. Trail is 2.5 miles around lake; hike is easy and mostly flat. Great scenery and easy on you and your furry partner!


#4- Black Bear Mountain– Old Forge, NY

Black Bear Mountain is the big brother, so to speak, of Rocky Mountain. Located so close to the village of Inlet, this peak gets some pretty serious attention from hikers; the summit can be a very crowded location. Black Bear Mountain from Route 28 is the most popular approach, but a secondary approach can be found leaving from Uncas Road. Using the Route 28 trailhead you have an excellent opportunity to create a loop for a slightly longer outing.

#3- Rocky Mountain – Old Forge, NY

Rocky Mountain is one of the most popular hikes in the Old Forge area. Mainly because its short trail and nice terrain it is the perfect difficulty for family’s and pets! If you are driving east along Route 28, you can see the rocky summit above.


#2- Bald Mountain – Old Forge, NY

Bald Mountain is a classic hike for me that I’ve been on many times but it’s still enjoyable. A nice short hike to the Summit with a beautiful view from the “Bald” peak and the Fire tower. Sit on the summit with your furry friend and have summer lunch and take in the warm sun and beautiful view overlooking the Fulton Chain of Lakes.

#1-Cascade Lake– Old Forge, NY


Cascade Lake offers a very nice hiking trail without too much tough terrain. This 6.4-mile loop of trail allows you, your family and pets the opportunity to spend anywhere from 3-5 hours taking in the Adirondack beauty. Another great part of Cascade Lake is that it’s only a few short miles from the village of Old Forge, located right off Big Moose Road in Eagle Bay, NY. 

One of the first things about camping that comes to most people’s minds are campfires. You certainly can’t have a campfire without S’mores! S’mores are the legitimate staple to every camping trip, and every night spent with family & friends around the crackling fire. Most of the time we think of s’mores to just be marshmallows, graham crackers, and a generic chocolate bar, but let me tell you… there are so many amazingly delicious s’mores that you can impress everyone around a campfire with!

Chocolate Chip Cookie S’more 

Instead of using just normal graham crackers substitute your favorite chocolate chip cookies!

Double Chocolate Mint S’more

Instead of your standard graham cracker use a chocolate graham cracker, then substitute the regular chocolate for a mint chocolate bar!

Strawberry Shortcake S’more

If chocolate isn’t for you, try taking two shortbread cookies and fresh strawberries and adding a melted marshmallow!

Easter S’more

Replace your normal marshmallow with a marshmallow peep or your favorite flavor!

Peanut Butter Cup S’more


Replace the chocolate bar with a Peanut Butter Cup! 

Enchanted Forest Water Safari (EFWS) has been named one of the top Water Parks in the United States by the Travel Channel.

 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 such an honorable award from the Travel Channel. Our mission is to provide safe, clean, and affordable family fun each and every day,” said Katie Wojdyla, Co-Owner and Director of Marketing for EFWS. “We strive every year to enhance our guests’ experience and this year we are pleased to announce we now offer private cabana rentals.

 Private cabana rentals accommodate up to 8 guests. Daily rental includes table and chairs, lounge chairs, souvenir bucket with bottled water, and locker storage! There is also the opportunity to upgrade your cabana rental with special amenities!  Reservations for cabanas can be made online, over the phone or in person at the park. Interested guests should plan ahead because there are only six cabanas available daily.

 There are extra activities for the entire family at Enchanted Forest Water Safari this summer.  The 2016 family circus show will feature a variety of exciting, crowd pleasing acts. The Hanneford Poema family circus will perform the flying trapeze, Russian swing, the famous Risley foot juggling act, aerial lyra and more. The circus show is performed twice daily. The park’s moose mascot Walter Safari will be greeting guests all summer.

 Admission to the park includes unlimited access to all rides, shows and attractions, all day, for one low price, including free parking.  Regular admission single-day passes are available for purchase at the gate, or buy them ahead of time online at www.WaterSafari.com, and receive a $1 discount per ticket. Discount tickets can also be purchased from many businesses across Central New York. Guests may take advantage of the Siesta Savings Pass, which grants an additional free single-day pass to those who enter the park any day, with any type of ticket, after 3 pm, (2 pm on days the park opens at 10 a.m.)

 Enchanted Forest Water Safari is now open for the season through Labor Day, Monday September 3rd.  More information can be found at WaterSafari.com

For many residents of Central and Upstate New York, the amazing Adirondack Mountains are right in our backyard but are sometimes forgotten about. Most of us have probably been to the small, but memorable village in the middle of the Adirondacks, called Old Forge. In this small village, there are so many interesting and fun things to do that could make your Summer ‘16 a memorable one. So we’ve compiled a top ten list to help you out, and because we know how much we all love top ten lists!

# 10:  Sip a brew at the Fulton Chain Craft Brewery

A perfect stop right in the village of Old Forge. This small locally owned and operated Brewery boasts a quaint bar that makes you feel like you’re enjoying your local brew in an Adirondack lodge. Get yourself a flight of these tasty craft beers, and select your top choice from their selection. Their most famous beer is their “Adventure Canoe” or their American IPA! 

#9: Go on a Date night

Old Forge is the perfect place to take someone special on a perfect Adirondack styled date. There’s plenty of options all depending on what you two enjoy! Some of these options would be to catch a movie at “The Strand Theatre”, then have a nice sit down dinner at 5 Corners Café, and maybe even watch the beautiful Adirondack sunset from the beach of the Old Forge Pond. How could you go wrong with that? 

#8: Go on a Scenic Old Forge Lake Cruise 

If you are all about the scenery and breathtaking views of the Adirondack lakes, this is the activity for you in Old Forge. Set aside 2 hours during your time in Old Forge and hop on their historic steamboats to cruise the Fulton Chain of Lakes to enjoy the natural beauty of the Adirondacks from on the water.

#7: Go Kayaking

Kayaking and the Adirondacks go hand-in-hand and no matter if you have your own kayak or not, you can enjoy this relaxing activity. Rent a kayak or as many as your group needs at Mountainman Outdoor Supply in Old Forge. These rentals will let you explore the North Branch of the Moose River, taking in the splendid scenery as you paddle along with the gentle, rippling river.

#6: Shop at the historic Old Forge Hardware Store

Old Forge Hardware is always a good place to stop and shop when in the Adirondacks! For over a century, Old Forge Hardware has been stocking its shelves with goods ranging from hard to find to everyday necessities. Definitely worth a stop on your way through Old Forge! 

#5: Visit the View

Whether you’re a visitor or a local, View offers the premier arts experience in the Adirondacks for everyone. Depending on when you’re in town, there are so many events and interesting things going on at View from comedy shows, to Adirondack Swing Dancing. There is always something going on at View to give your Adirondack trip an “artsy” flair.

#4 Have fun at Calypso’s Cove 

Whether you’re on a day-long get away with that special someone, or a weekend vacation with the family, Calypso’s Cove is always a good time. They seriously have something for everyone to have fun. Go-karts, zip-lines, a huge arcade, batting cages, mini-golf, and if you want to get soaked, even bumper-boats! Great place to have a little “child-like” fun at an affordable price right in Old Forge! 

#3: Take a ride on the McCauley Mountain Scenic Chairlift

Opening in late June, you can enjoy the incredibly beautiful view of the historic Fulton Chain of Lakes as it stretches to the east with the line of High Peaks rising beyond. On a clear day, Whiteface Mountain and Mount Marcy are visible on the horizon. Gray Lake lies to the north between McCauley Mountain and the village of Old Forge. Riding the chair lift allows you and your family to view the mountain scenery, magnificent foliage and gorgeous views without the hike to the top. 

#2: Hike Bald Mountain 

While you’re in Old Forge, NY it's worth a visit to the 2350-foot summit of Bald Mountain. Another unique feature about this amazing hike, is the Rondaxe Fire Tower that’s located at the summit of the mountain. There are fantastic views from the fire tower, but also from the many view points along the trail.  You don't need to climb the fire tower to enjoy the views, but we highly recommend it!

#1: Go to Enchanted Forest Water Safari

New York’s Largest water theme park is located right in the heart of the Adirondacks in the village of Old Forge! Water Safari is the perfect all day activity for everyone. Enjoy that warm summer sun and the crisp Adirondack air with plenty of wet and dry fun to keep everyone entertained! It is the perfect way to fix up your Summer and to get up to the Adirondacks! 



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