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The Old Forge area is known for moose sightings, drive slowly and enjoy the scenery along the Central Adirondack Trail

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Old Forge

Central Adirondack Trail, State Rt. 28, in Herkimer County

The Old Forge area continues to be a destination of choice for visitors to the Adirondacks who seek everything from serenity to adventure.

Old Forge is probably the busiest year-round visitor destination community in the Adirondack Region. The abundant water resources of the area, assured snow fall in winter, and a network of groomed trails used by hikers, cross country skiers, and snowshoers offer outdoor activities for visitors of all ages. Other winter favorites include snowmobiling and  ice fishing. Families enjoy the community's beach and park on Golfers and hunters will also find outstanding challenges. The nearby middle branch of the Moose River is a mecca for whitewater paddlers.

The Old Forge Arts Center has brought arts to the central Adirondacks for over 50 years,  presenting year-round exhibits, workshops and performances for all ages and interests.

Be sure to sample the Farmer's Market that operates in the center of town from late June until early October.

Just north of Old Forge you will find the Forest Industries Exhibit Hall that showcases the beauty and utility of the native woods of the Adirondacks. See examples of modern multiple use forest management practices and examples of more than 5,000 useful products now being made from native woods.

If you are a motorbiker, Thunder in the Forge, held in late May annually, is a must be  event. Attendees bring a love of the open road and appreciation for a great weekend of fun, food, and great music.

The 153-mile Central Adirondack Trail begins in the east in Glens Falls and ends at the western gateway in Rome on the historic Erie Canal. This crescent shaped route brings you through the foothills and mountains of the south-central Adirondack Park. From the east you pass near scenic Lake George, alongside wild, whitewater sections of the Hudson River, and the shores of Long Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, Raquette Lake, and the Fulton Chain. The entire route features other numerous lakes and mountain streams that are a paddler’s and boater’s paradise. Plan to spend time at the many attractions on the byway including The Hyde Museum in Glens Falls, the world famous Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, and the Arts Center in Old Forge. Meet local artisans and crafts makers all along the byway, and plan to visit historic Fort Stanwix and The Erie Canal Village in Rome.

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Scenic Byway Attractions in this Community

Available Services

Auto Service

  • Air pump
  • Gas Available 24 hrs.
  • Gas Station
  • Mechanic on duty
  • Towing

Communication

  • Cafe, etc. w/Internet service
  • Cell Phone service
  • Library w/Internet service
  • Lodging w/Internet service
  • Pay telephone

Dining

  • Adirondack Cuisine
  • Barbeque (BBQ) Restaurant/Stand
  • Deli/Sandwich Shop
  • Diner
  • Donut Shop
  • Fast Food
  • Gourmet Coffee Spot
  • Hot Dog Stand
  • Ice Cream Shop
  • Pizza
  • Restaurant

Groceries

  • Convenience Store
  • Grocery Store
  • Health Food Store

Local Foods

  • Bakery
  • Farmers Market
  • Maple Syrup

Lodging

  • B&B
  • Campground
  • Cottages/Cabins
  • Hotel
  • Motel
  • RV Camping
  • Resort

Medical Services

  • Clinic
  • Drug Store
  • Hospital

Other Visitor Services

  • ATM
  • Bank
  • Historical Society
  • Library
  • Package Pickup (UPS, FedEx, etc.)
  • Post Office
  • Public Restrooms

Places of Worship

  • Catholic
  • Nondenominational
  • Presbyterian

Recreation Sales/Rental/Service

  • Bicycling
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Fishing/Hunting
  • Flying
  • Golfing
  • Hiking
  • Motorboating
  • Rafting
  • Skiing/Snowshoeing
  • Snowmobiling

Shopping

  • Antiques
  • Art Galleries
  • Books
  • Boutiques
  • Clothing
  • Gifts
  • Local Crafts
  • Sporting Goods

Transportation

  • Air Strip (non-commercial)
  • Bus Stop for Commercial Service
  • Bus Stop for Local Service
  • Taxi
  • Tourist Train Depot

Visitor Info

  • Staffed Visitor Information Center or Office

Lodging, Dining & OTHER Information

 

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