Old Forge has long been considered “Adirondack Base Camp” for vacationers who wish to enjoy everything from tranquility to adventure. According to www.oldforge.com, the largest hamlet in the historic Town of Webb includes Eagle Bay, Big Moose and Stillwater. From there, you can explore the central Adirondack region and all of the Adirondack Park.
Inlet is on the eastern end of Fourth Lake in the Adirondack Fulton Chain of Lakes. This tranquil town is ideal for families wanting to reacquaint with each other and nature. Camping, swimming in pristine waters and, of course, fishing reign supreme here. Whatever you do, do NOT leave your binoculars home. Bird watching and scenery dreaming are ways of life here!
Biking, hiking and canoeing in the central Adirondacks are nothing short of invigorating. The huge Moose River Plains Wild Forest (50,000+ acres) is bounded on the north by the Pigeon Lakes Wilderness Area, Raquette Lake and the Blue Ridge Wilderness; on the east and the south by the West Canada Lakes Wilderness and the private lands of the Adirondack League Club; and on the west by the Fulton Chain Lakes and NY 28. This is only a part of what is available to the active tourist.
There are also numerous state campgrounds in the area, including Eighth Lake, Limekiln Lake and Brown Tract Pond and numerous outstanding choices in lodging. The gravelly, flat, grassy “plains” of the Moose(featured on our cover) and Red rivers are distinctly different from that of the more touristy Adirondack region of New York making the area a gem and a natural anomaly.
The area is known all over the region for its outstanding fishing in both the summer and winter. Bass, northern pike, muskie, trout and landlocked salmon are few examples of the fish available.
For the golfers who cannot have a vacation without the game, consider heading to their greens. Old Forge /Thendara has one of the finest golf courses here. While challenging and outstanding, the course embodies the natural beauty of the central Adirondacks. Golf is a relaxing sport, but challenge is also involved and the courses in the Adirondacks are perfect for both.
Stand-Up Paddle Boards and water rafting may be more your speed and involve a degree of skill. The Old Forge area is a super place to learn. Rarely crowded, always stress-free, it is a perfect spot to learn or perfect your abilities.
Breathe deep, reflect, listen and watch nature, browse their eclectic shops then settle down with a campfire and a glass of wine and a hearty Adirondack meal to top off a uniquely Adirondack experience in Upstate New York.