Exploring the Adirondacks

by Jackie Magurno
Kurt Gander Old Forge

The beautiful Adirondack Region, located in Northern New York features an area that spans millions of acres, full of mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, and amazing wildlife. From boating on Lake George in the summertime, hiking in Old Forge during the crisp fall season, shredding through the white fluffy snow of Tug Hill during the winter, and whitewater rafting near Indian Lake in the spring, the Adirondacks offer endless adventure, making it one of the most epic vacation spots year-round.

Lake George: Summer

Lake George is buzzing with activity during the summer. This glistening 32-mile lake is the perfect spot to kick back and enjoy a warm day. Whether you’re speeding down the lake in a boat, casting a fishing line, or jet skiing through the crisp water, taking advantage of all the beauty this lake has to offer is what the joy of the season at Lake George is all about.

Old Forge: Fall

The Adirondack Region boasts one of the longest fall foliage seasons in the country. During the fall, the colorful foliage makes the Adirondacks a prime destination to watch as rich autumn colors travel from mountain peak to valley. In Old Forge, you’ll find irreplaceable views from the area’s mountains and lakes. The majestic waterways of the Mouse River are a popular spot for leaf peepers as well as the top of Bald Mountain, where spectacular views can be seen for miles.

Tug Hill: Winter

The Tug Hill Plateau is known for its incredible amount of snowfall per year. With more than 200 inches of snow annually, Tug Hill is the perfect place to hit the trails on your snowmobile this upcoming winter. Snowmobilers can take a ride through the glorious woodlands of the Adirondack Mountains in Tug Hill with hundreds of miles of groomed trails and snow. Head off in a different direction each day with the massive trail system that this “snowbelt” has to offer.

Indian Lake: Spring

The best way to experience whitewater rafting in Indian Lake is by taking a trip through the Hudson River Gorge, which is rated as one of the top trips in the United States. Whitewater rafting on the Hudson River Gorge features 16 miles of wet and wild rafting though the largest protected wilderness area in New York State. During the spring run-off, mountain snows melt into the roaring Hudson River Gorge providing whitewater rafters with wild Class III, IV and V rapids. This river is well-known for its unusually long and continuous whitewater sections.

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