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Description - Herkimer County is located in the southwest corner of the Adirondacks Forest Preserve. The area offers delights ranging from the bustling Enchanted Forest Amusement Park to the remote areas of Alger Island, accessible only by boat. Features of the area include the Adirondacks Scenic Railroad, Old Forge Lake Cruises and the Thendara Golf Club. Known as the "Snowmobile Capital of the East," Herkimer County has hundred of miles of groomed trails open from early December through mid-March.

Attractions - Herkimer County is known for its beautiful scenery, excellent fishing opportunities and miles of snowmobile trails. This year-round recreation destination delights a variety of tastes and ages. Outdoor enthusiasts will find noisy, thrilling amusement parks and quiet, remote primitive camping. Known as the "Snowmobile Capital of the East," this scenic county also supports ice fishing and cross-country skiing. Numerous lakes lie within the Adirondack region of Herkimer County including Nicks Lake, Woodhull Lake, Sand Lake, Bisby Lake, North and South Lakes, Nelson Lake and Otter Lake.

Recreation - Recreations in the county include trout fishing, canoeing, boating, swimming, mountain biking, snowmobiling, hiking and cross-country skiing. Area attractions include McCauley Mountain, Enchanted Forest, Alger Island Campground, Old Forge Lake Cruises, Adirondack Scenic Railroad, Thendara Golf Club, Nicks Lake Campground and much more.

Climate - The Adirondacks has a varied climate with average January temperatures from below 14 degrees reaching to 18 Fahrenheit (below -10 to -8 degrees Celsius). Summer temperatures average around 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius). There are fewer than 100 days of frost-free growing season in the Adirondacks. Precipitation in the region ranges from 36 to more than 44 inches of rain and snowmelt. The southwestern slopes of the Adirondacks, Tug Hill in particular, receives more than 44 inches.

Location - Herkimer County lies in the southwestern corner of the Adirondack Forest Preserve.


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Contact Information:
Herkimer County Tourist Information Center, Rt. 28, P.O. Box 68 , Old Forge, NY, 13420, Phone: 315-369-6983

Additional Information:
Adirondack Forest Preserve - The Adirondack Mountains of northeastern New York are home to the 6-million acre Adirondack Park, a patchwork of public and private lands protected under state law. More than 2.6 million acres within the park are owned and managed by the state. There are 16 wilderness areas with
a total area of about 1 million acres. About 1.3 million acres of Forest Preserve land are classified as Wild Forest and approximately 2 dozen Primitive Areas total 51,000 acres.

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