Known as “ Adirondack Base Camp ”, Old Forge is the capital of the Central Adirondacks. Located an hour north of NY State Thruway Exit 31 at Utica, Old Forge is an easily accessible, historic community which offers all the outdoor recreation for which the Adirondacks are famous. It is also home to VIEW, the largest arts center in the Adirondacks, and the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. Old Forge and its neighboring hamlets of Eagle Bay, Big Moose, Stillwater and Beaver River make up the Town of Webb, the state’s largest township. That’s a lot of woods, waters and mountains to fill up four seasons with family fun. Each Spring, Old Forge renews its title as “Paddling Capital of the Adirondacks” with PaddleFest in May and world-class whitewater on the Moose River. Summertime means more paddling on the Moose and hundreds of lakes and ponds. Old Forge sits at the foot of the Fulton Chain of Lakes, starting point of the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail to Maine and the 90-mile Adirondack Canoe Classic to Saranac Lake. Summer is also the time for hiking and biking through the forests and mountains, and bagging views to Lake Placid from the Summer Scenic Chairlift on McCauley Mountain. Fall provides our famous explosion of colors, to be viewed from country roads, mountaintop trails, and waterways. Winter means white fun in Old Forge, “Snowmobile Capital of the East”. The area boasts 500 square miles of professionally groomed snowmobile trails. Downhill and cross country skiers have flocked to Old Forge since the 1930s, and McCauley Mountain has produced four Olympic skiers. Throughout all seasons, visitors enjoy the wide variety of restaurants in Old Forge, as well as shops featuring unique, handcrafted Adirondack goods. Nurtured by its heritage, naturally developed, Old Forge continues as the essential Adirondack experience.
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