Old Forge, with hundreds of miles of trails, calls itself the “Snowmobile Capital of the East.” Trails, groomed twice daily during the winter, connect with all of New York’s other major trail systems and the Canadian border. Trails open in early December after the end of big game hunting season and stay open as long as conditions permit.
Town streets are open to sledders in Old Forge and more than 500 miles of trails connect the village with nearby towns. Most of the trails are loops, allowing riders to begin and end their trip in Old Forge. New York State allows snowmobiling on trails in nearby Fulton Chain and Moose River Plains Wild Forests. Some of the trails in the region are mapped for GPS and smartphone users. Clubs and area businesses sell paper maps, and Mohawk Valley GIS (dynamicmaps.net) maintains an interactive map online showing points of interest such as towns, lodging and dining.
Trail Markers and Signs
The International Association of Snowmobile Administrators established uniform signage regulations for trails across the United States with heavy snowmobile usage. Many, such as stop and yield signs, are simply smaller versions of highway markers and the rest are fairly intuitive. An orange diamond with a reflective border simply informs the rider she’s on a designated trail. Brown and yellow signs indicate the trail number. Additional signs warn riders of spots where logging trucks cross the road, where trails are temporarily closed and where other dangers might not be apparent.
The 19th Green Motel (19thgreenmotel.com) provides direct access to Trail No. 7 in Old Forge. Standard motel rooms have microwave ovens and dorm fridges, and the motel provides free wireless Internet access. Across the street, the Knotty Pine Restaurant (knottypine.com) serves steaks, chops and seafood. Pine Knoll Lodge (pineknolllodge.net), with direct access to the trail system, offers accommodations in standard rooms and cabins, one of them lakefront. The lodge is a short walk from downtown Old Forge restaurants.
The Glenmore Bar and Grill (glenmorebarandgrill.com), overlooking Big Moose Lake in Eagle Bay, is just off Trail No. 10. Snowmobilers also can get to the restaurant from the lake when it’s frozen. The casual restaurant serves pizza and burgers, a selection of wraps and Mexican entrees and a few local beers. The Glenmore has a few rooms with shared bathrooms and basic amenities for overnight guests. Daiker’s (daikers.com) calls itself “An Adirondack Pitstop.” The restaurant overlooking Fourth Lake serves casual fare and hosts Friday night fish dinners. Weekends feature live entertainment.