Old Forge Travel Guide

Old Forge, New York, is a small community in the north-central part of the state in Herkimer County. It lies on the western edge of the Adirondack Mountains and is a “gateway” into Adirondack Park. Old Forge is a popular tourist destination in summer and winter alike.


There were two initial attempts to settle the area of Old Forge, first between 1798 and 1803, and then again between 1811 to 1819. A few settlers did remain after the second attempt, however, though the venture failed financially and most settlers left. When the railroad arrived 1888, growth was more substantial, and in 1903, Old Forge was incorporated as a village. However, the village dissolve itself in 1936 and became a “hamlet” in the town of Webb.

Things to see and do in Old Forge

Old Forge, New York

Lone woman kayaker on Moose River, Old Forge, New York, in the Adirondack Mountains.

Visit during summer, and hike or bike on wooded trails and around ponds and lakes. You may also want to see your surroundings from way up in the air on the McCauley Mountain Scenic Chairlift. Be sure to explore the waters around Old Forge as well. You can canoe, kayak, paddleboard, or take a sight-seeing cruise on the Fulton Chain of Lakes. Finally, consider seeing the woods and wildlife while traveling the Adirondack Scenic Railroad.

Old Forge is surrounded by high mountain peaks, and during the winter, this makes for perfect skiing opportunities. Ski on the 21 trails of the McCauley Mountain Ski Resort. Mount McCauley normally will have 120 inches or more of snow and over 100 good skiing days every year.

Old Forge is also popularly known as the “Snowmobile Capital of the East.” There are around 500 miles of well kept snowmobiling trails, and there are also locations where you can snowmobile over frozen lakes and ponds.

Visit Enchanted Forest Water Safari, which is the biggest water park in the state of New York. There are dozens of water slides and a total of more than 50 different rides. Additionally, there is an on-site circus and an adjacent “fun park” where you can enjoy non-water-related rides.

Climate conditions

Summers in Old Forge are warm, with July highs averaging 75 degrees, but winters are very cold, with January highs averaging only 25 degrees. Many years, Old Forge will have the lowest temperature recorded in the state or New York, and it also holds the all-time state record of 52 degrees below zero.