The Adirondacks Tug Hill Visitor’s Guide


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Welcome to the Adirondacks Tug Hill Region!

Lewis County is one of two counties in New York categorized “rural,” with nearly 20% of the land being used for agriculture. We are proud to claim that there are more cows in Lewis County than people—over 28,000 cows and approximately 27,000 people—and this has probably been true for a long, long time. Our area also accounts for 13% of the maple syrup produced in New York State—nearly 29,000 gallons!

Lewis County has unique geography. In a drive of 30 miles you can travel from the Tug Hill Plateau, home of the greatest snow fall in the eastern United States, through the Black River Valley’s fertile farm lands, and into the western edge of the Adirondack Mountains. In a short drive you will find over 500 miles of snowmobile trails, the only permitted ATV trail system in the state, and ample places to ski, horseback ride, bike, canoe, kayak, fish, and hunt. We invite you to stray a little from the beaten path and visit us here in the Adirondacks Tug Hill Region. We know that breaks from your busy life are rare, so our innkeepers, restaurateurs, and guides strive to provide you with everything you need to leave your daily world behind.

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What’s Inside...

Can’t Miss Adventures | Snow Much Fun | Snowmobiling | KiteSkiing, Tubing & Sledding | Downhill & Cross-Country Skiing | ATV Riding | Exploring the Great Outdoors | Horseback Riding | Bird Watching | Local Parks | Hunting | Exploring the Waterways | Beaver River & Black River | Moose River & Oswegatchie River | Lake Bonaparte & Brantingham Lake | Discovering Waterfalls | Whitewater Adventures | Fishing | Agritourism | Things to Do Events & Festivals | Cultural Heritage & Historical Sites | Area Attractions | Retreats | Specialty Shops | Dining | Lodging | Regional Attractions | Rock Climbing | Snowmobiling - Rules & Regulations | Regional Specialties | Lewis County Trivia

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Your adventures to Lewis County, the Adirondacks and Tug Hill Region, are sure to be fun-filled and memorable. As you are planning what to do and where to go, here are some suggestions of things you don’t want to miss!

Grab your camera and head over to the Lowville Producers Cheese Store on Utica Blvd. in Lowville. Inside you will find many locally made products, including over 75 flavors of cheese—everything from jalapeño to chocolate.
Standing outside is Lady LeWinda Milkzalot, New York’s largest cow!

Make sure that you have some time to relax at the Tug Hill Vineyards, located on Route 12 just outside of Lowville. Here you can enjoy a soft breeze from the elevated porch or the quiet tranquility of the countryside while sitting at one of the outdoor patio areas. On a cool, crisp day, you can warm yourself with spirits in front of their expansive stone fireplace.

The Maple Ridge Wind Farm, located on Route 177 just outside of Lowville, is one of the largest wind farms east of the Mississippi River. While in the area be sure to stop by the visitor’s pavilion to enjoy the picturesque view of these calm giants overlooking lush farmland with the Adirondack Mountains in the distance.

While you are in the area, make sure you attend the Cream Cheese Festival in September for fun and games and to taste the largest cheese cake in the world—large enough to feed over 10,000 people.

If you are a History Buff... make sure that you visit the American Maple Museum in downtown Croghan to understand the history and see demonstrations of techniques used to produce this syrup. The next stop on your list should be Constable Hall, located in Constableville, to escape into the 1800s. This mansion is said to be the inspiration for the story “Twas the Night Before Chrismas.”

If you are a Nature Lover...
The hiking and skiing trails along the gorge at Whetstone Gulf State Park will provide you with a day filled with adventure. The Otter Creek Horse Trail System provides 65 miles of trails stretching throughout the Adirondack Park. There are 75 stalls and free camping. Each year events such as the Race with the Wind Bike Race, RiverFest, and SnowKiting will have you returning again and again.

If you are an Adventure Seeker...Each year there are five weekends of water releases on the Beaver River to provide stage 5 white water kayaking. The rest of the year you can visit the Moose River in Lyons Falls for stage 4–5 kayaking.

There are over 500 miles of ATV trails and the snowmobile trails stretch over 600 miles waiting to be explored. SNIRT Run and the Flat Rock Watercross are events that are sure to excite you!

If you are an Agritourist... There are few places as rich in agriculture as Lewis County, from the fresh dairy production to the sweet maple nectar boiled to amber perfection. Agriculture has always been an important part of Lewis County and sharing the farming way-of-life with visitors is a long-standing tradition. Watch the cows or horses graze in the pasture or take a farm tour and capture some great photos. The Adirondack Mennonite Heritage Farm features displays and artifacts, painting a story of the life of a farmer in the early 1800’s. The American Maple Museum has three floors of displays, including a replica of a sugar house, an equipment room, and early syrup making techniques and equipment. Events such as the Flywheels and Pulleys Days, Maple Weekend and Farmer’s Markets will give you the opportunity to meet with some of the people who have helped build Lewis County into the agriculture center that it is today.

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Snow Much Fun! Snowmobiling

Clubs/Associations

Barnes Corners Sno-Pals - Barnes Corners, NY • www.sno-pals.com
Brantingham Snowmobile Club, Inc. - Brantingham, NY • www.brantinghamsnomads.org
Long Pond Sno Sled Club, Inc. - Harrisville, NY
Lost Trail Snowmobile Club - Boonville, NY • www.losttrailclub.com
Missing Link Snowmobile Club - www.missinglinksnow.com
Osceola Snowmobile Club - Osceola, NY • www.osceolasnowmobileclub.com
Turin Ridge Riders - www.turinridgeriders.com
Southern Tug Hill Sno-Riders Inc. - www.southerntughillsnowmobileclub.com
Valley Snow Travelers of Lewis County, Inc. - www.valleysnowtravelers.org

Averaging about 200 inches of snow annually, Lewis County is the place for winter enthusiasts! Lake-effect snowstorms cover this area in a canvas of white, waiting to capture the traces of your winter adventure.

The Tug Hill region makes for a great white get-a-way on your snowmobile. Besides the raw wilderness, you and your group can enjoy the remote eating establishments in the Tug Hill Plateau region.

Lewis County is known for some of the best snowmobiling in the Northeast. There are over 600 miles of trails. The snowmobile trails are free with no permit required.

If you prefer a quiet ride, visit the northern part of Lewis County. It remains undiscovered by the masses. There are many lodging and dining businesses located on or near the trails.

You can reach Lewis County from many trail systems.

Connections to Redfield, Oswego, Plattsburgh, Old Forge, Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake, the Champlain Valley, and New York and Quebec corridor trails may allow you to travel here entirely by snowmobile.

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Combine the persistent wind of Tug Hill and the plentiful lake-effect snow fall, and one can see why Tug Hill has become the focus for the relatively young sport of Snow Kite Skiing (also referred to as Snowkiting). Kite Skiing on snow is much like cross-country skiing, on a snowboard or skis, with the pull from the kite and the power of the wind.

Maple Ridge Snow Park

This park is home to the largest snow tubing hill in northern New York. Over 1,200 feet long and over 100 feet of vertical drop makes tubing here a favorite for families. As you ride the tube tow back up the hill make sure you enjoy spectacular views of the Black River Valley and the Adirondack Mountains. This park also features a large warming area complete with concessions, seating, and game tables.

For hours and pricing visit them at mapleridgecenter.com or call 315-376-2640.

Kite Skiing, Tubing, & Sledding

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Lewis County has one of the highest average snowfalls in the Northeast, making it a skier’s paradise. With an average of over 200 inches of snow annually, you’re certain to find some of the best skiing you’ve ever experienced.

Snow Ridge

Downhill skiers enjoy Snow Ridge, a complete skiing and snowboarding facility with seven lifts, 22 slopes and trails, a professional ski school, rental shop, cafeteria, restaurant, and lounge. On the rare occasion snowfall is below an optimal level, Snow Ridge has a high-volume snow-making machine to keep all the skiers happy. The ski center opened Christmas Day 1945 with two rope tows, a chalet, a cafeteria, a ski shop, and a first aid room. The many programs scheduled throughout the winter offer something for all ages and abilities. They also have cross-country ski trails.

Directions: 4173 West Rd., Turin, NY 13473
Phone: 315-348-8456
Website is www.snowridge.com

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Cross-Country Skiing

Maple Ridge Center/Lewis County Fairgrounds Cross Country Ski Trails
With the help of Earl Noltz and the Pratt Northam Foundation, Maple Ridge Snow Park, in conjunction with LC Fairgrounds is able to provide groomed cross country ski trails that connect the fairgrounds and Maple Ridge Center. These trails are open to the public with free cross country skis to use thanks to a generous donation from the Pratt Northam Foundation.
Phone: 315-376-4963

The Rodman-Barnes Corners Cross-Country Ski Trails

Explore the five loops that encompass approximately 9.6 miles of trails, running through pine and spruce plantations. For a full-day’s adventure follow the 2.5 mile Link-up trail to the Worth Cross-Country Ski Trails, which are county-maintained. These trails are designed mainly with the novice skier in mind. Please note that the Oak Ridge Rim trail is snowshoe only in winter.

Directions: The access point for these trails is near a storage building located on the north side of Route 177, about 2 miles west of Barnes Corners, and 0.75 miles east of the intersection of Routes 177 and 189. There is a large parking area located to the south of the storage building off of Route 177.

The Carpenter Road Cross-Country Ski Trails

Novice and intermediate skiers can travel the three loops with connecting trails encompassing approximately 7.8 miles. Most of the trails are through wooded areas—perfect for some quiet time with nature.

Directions: The Carpenter Road Trails are located off Carpenter Rd., which intersects Route 26 2.3 miles north of the village of Turin and 0.6 miles south of the hamlet of Houseville. The starting point for the trails is about 1.0 mile in on Carpenter Rd. where it intersects with Seymour Rd. Parking is allowed on the shoulder along one side of the road.

Osceola-Tug Hill Cross- Country Ski Trails

These trails offer something for everyone—from the novice skier to the expert. The entire system is approximately 20 miles, all of which are groomed. A trail fee is charged. There are also 1,900 acres of state land adjacent to the Ski Center. The trails on state land can be accessed legally by the Malloy Trail, and have no fee for use. About 25% of the trails are novice, 60% intermediate, and 15% expert.

Directions: To get to the ski center from the south, take River Rd. from Camden to Florence, and Florence-Osceola Rd. from Florence to Osceola. In Osceola, take a right onto Osceola-West Leyden Rd. The ski center is on the right. From the north, take Co. Rt. 17 south through Redfield and then east onto Redfield Rd. Follow Redfield Rd. to the end and then turn north onto Osceola Rd. At the four corners in Osceola, take a right onto Osceola-West Leyden Rd., and the ski center is on the right.

Whetstone Gulf State Park

Whetstone’s winter recreation season is from mid-December to the first week in March. A heated recreation building with rest rooms is open Wednesday to Sunday and closed Monday & Tuesday. Whetstone has approximately 5 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails that go through the picnic area, loop around the camping area and follow the exercise trail. The trails accommodate novice to expert skiers. All skiers should register at the recreation building. No one is permitted on the trail after 3pm. There is no charge for cross-country skiing. Snowshoe rentals are available $5 per day. Whetstone Gulf State Park can be reached at (315) 376-6630.

Directions: Whetstone Gulf State Park is located on West Rd. just off of Route 26, in the town of Turin.

DEC Demonstration Center

The Lowville NY DEC Demonstration Area Nature Trails in Dadville includes 98 acres of marked trails. This wildlife abundant area is home to White Tail Deer, Great Blue Heron, Woodchucks, Cottontail Rabbits, Bluebirds and more. The twenty plus trail stops feature a fire tower, picnic area, pond, plantations, wild forest areas, wildlife marsh, and many hardwood species.

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ATV Riding

Beyond the wet muddy springs are warm, breezy summers, and crisp, fresh autumns— making Lewis County a great place to ride! Hundreds of miles of trails and off-season roads offer a different terrain for every preference. Many businesses located along the trails cater to the ATV enthusiast. You can take short afternoon rides or, better yet, plan a weekend. One of our local guides can help you plan the perfect trip.

Although Lewis County contains a high percentage of state public land (about 175,000 acres), ATV’s are not allowed access on any of the Department of Environmental Conservation state land. This hurdle has not stopped Lewis County and its residents from putting together spectacular ATV riding areas and an extensive county-wide ATV trail system.

As you can imagine, private landowners play an instrumental role in the development of the trail system. Public lands in the ATV trail system are the Lewis County reforestation lands. The System is still mostly made up of open roads. As ATV enthusiasts, it is very important that we respect the lands, laws, wildlife and nature as we enjoy the trails and scenery.

The ATV trails in the system are categorized into three types. Town and county roads provide easy access to the off-road trails. The off-road trails, consisting of county reforestation areas and private landowners’ trails, offer ATVers a sense of adventure as they explore the many miles of wilderness.

In order to participate in the extensive ATV Trail System, you are required to purchase an ATV Trail Permit. There is now a 3 day trail pass and seasonal permit available. For more information or to purchase your permit call the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce at 315-376-2213 or visit www.lewiscountynytrails.org.

Why do I have to purchase a permit to ride my ATV on the County’s Trail System? The County implemented the permit system as a means of paying for the cost of establishing and maintaining the ATV Trail System, which included County reforestation lands, and private land-owner trails. The Lewis County ATV Trail system is the first of its kind in New York State and we believe will provide ATV enthusiasts with a riding experience that is second to none. The development and maintenance of this system, however, is not without cost. A permit system is the most appropriate mechanism to ensure that those who benefit the most from the Trail System pay for the cost to operate it.

How much does a permit cost? The Family Plan discount remains in effect and available to anyone purchasing or renewing multiple ATV permits for their household for the ATV riding season. Proof of Registration is also required. $65.00 for the first ATV, $20.00 for each additional ATV. New for 2014 the county is offering a three day pass. Any three consecutive days - $20 per permit, per machine.

Am I buying a permit for myself or for my ATV? Permits for the Lewis County ATV trail system will be issued per machine, not per person. Each permit will include a decal that must be attached in a visible location on the front left side of the permitted ATV.

Is there a map of the Trail System? Yes, maps are available and updated every year with changes which depict all of the ATV riding available within the Lewis County ATV Trail System. All trails are on our new Free mobile app. (For more details, contact the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce at 315-376-2213 or toll free at 800-724-0242.) Remember, the system is ever changing and expanding. Be sure to follow trail signs and stay on designated trails.

Where does my permit application money go? All permit fees will be placed in a dedicated recreational trails fund and used exclusively for the establishment, enforcement, maintenance, and operation of the Trail System. This money will not go into the general fund and will only be spent on recreational trails in the County.

When does the ATV system open? The trail system is scheduled to open May 1st and closes the Tuesday after Columbus Day in October, but can change due to weather and trail conditions.

Who May Operate an ATV? How old do I have to be to operate an ATV on the Trail System? Children ages 10-15 must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older OR must have successfully completed an ATV safety course and carry the course completion certificate when operating any ATV. Riders under 10, may operate an ATV and be accompanied by an adult 18 and older.

What’s the speed limit on the ATV trail system? The speed limit for ATV’s on the Trail System is 25 mph, unless otherwise posted.

Where will the permit requirement be enforced? The entire Lewis County ATV Trail System. ATV patrols will ride through the entire system to enforce all rules and regulations. Not all roads on the system needs a permit, but all off road atv trails do need a permit.

What are the fines for violating rules and regulations for the trail system? For riding without a permit, fines are $100 for the first offense and $200

and a one-year permit revocation for the second offense. Other fines are for

riding on land outside trails $250 for the first offense, machine compounded thereafter; altering trails to created hazards $250 first offense, $500 thereafter, and violating traffic rules $100 for first offense, $200 thereafter.

I am new to ATVing, are there any safety courses available? Yes, the Tug Hill ATV Association and some area ATV clubs offer safety courses. Call the chamber for more information 315-376-2213.

There are many atv events during the summer; poker runs, ATV Expo, and family rides. Check the chamber’s calendar of events for more details.

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As one may expect, as the snow begins to melt away, ATV riders move onto the trails.

Visit adirondackstughill.com for Trail Permit & Map Details

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ATV Clubs

Black River Valley 4-Wheeler Club, Inc. | Lyons Falls, NY
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Black River Valley Riders | Carthage, NY | blackrivervalleyridersofcarthage.com

Highmarket Wheelers ATV Club | Constableville, NY | highmarketsports.com

Tug Hill Adirondack ATV Association | Copenhagen, NY | tughilladirondacksatv.com

Tug Hill Wheelers | Copenhagen, NY | tughillwheelers.com

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Exploring the Outdoors - Horseback Riding

The Adirondack Park is a lush area of about six million acres of constitutionally protected state park. On the western edge of the Adirondack Park are two public forest areas that are managed by the State Department of Environmental Conservation. These two areas are the Independence River Wild Forest and the Otter Creek State Forest. Together they have about 65 miles of wonderful horse riding trails. The trails are called The Otter Creek Horse Trails.

The Otter Creek Horse Trails are located on the Independence River Wild Forest Unit of the New York State Forest Preserve and on the Independence River and Otter Creek State Forests on the western border of the Adirondack Park. It is common to see a variety of wildlife along the trail system. Sightings of deer, bear, coyote, fox, grouse, wild turkey, snowshoe hare, and many bird species have been reported. These trails are made up of old sandy roads and wooded trails. The trails all loop and are well-marked so you won’t get lost. Most of the trails follow or cross the Independence River and other smaller waterways, all of which flow into the Black River that continues north into Lake Ontario. Even in the winter this area is very beautiful.

If the trails alone are not enough to get you to come visit, the Assembly Area will. Most riders agree that this is the greatest attraction of The Otter Creek Horse Trails. This is a state managed, exclusively equine camping facility that is free for the riding public to use. From the Assembly Area you can access all the trails that are The Otter Creek Horse Trails. There are 100 roofed tie stalls.

There is no doubt about the wonderful trails located here and with a wonderful Assembly Area ready to meet your needs, why not make your next riding trip to this region? No matter what kind of rider you are, there is a trail here for you. With an increase of interest each year in the area, you are sure to meet some nice people who share your interests.

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Horse Trail Maps & DEC State Forest Horse Access
For more information & detailed maps visit: www.dec.ny.gov

The Adirondack Park is one of the greatest places for bird-watching or birding as it is called. If you combine Yellowstone, Everglades, Glacier, and Grand Canyon national parks, the Adirondack Park would still be bigger. The Adirondack Park is the largest publicly protected park in the contiguous United States.

With all its natural beauty, The Adirondack region is a fantastic place to travel and to walk through the woods listening and looking for the next species on your life-list.

Migratory birds are back in the area by June, while some species can be seen all
year long.

A good set of binoculars helps you observe without startling your quarry.

If there is a birdwatcher in you or in your family, bring them to Lewis County for a great bird-watching opportunity. Of the more than 100 bird species that take refuge here, you are likely to see spruce grouse, ruby-crowned kinglet, Lincoln’s sparrow, palm and blackpoll warblers, yellow-bellied and oliver-sided flycatchers, and Bicknell’s thrush.

Bringing a camera is a good idea—you never know when that perfect picture-moment will arise!

Exploring the Outdoors - Bird Watching

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Local Parks

Whetstone Gulf State Park

The Whetstone area has been a scenic recreation area since the late 1800’s. Whetstone Gulf State Park, located just outside the town of Lowville, is a beautiful campground and recreation area. The park was initially opened to the public in May of 1931. It was built in and around a three-mile long gorge, cut in the eastern edge of the Tug Hill Plateau. The gorge was formed by a crack in the layers of shale rock; erosion has played only a small part in its formation. The gorge is one of the most spectacular scenic vistas east of the Rocky Mountains and was the primary reason for the park’s location.

Whetstone Gulf State Park has over 62 spacious, wooded campsites, a scenic picnic area along the Whetstone Creek, a man-made swimming area with water supplied by the Whetstone Creek, and great hiking trails.

The most spectacular trail is the gorge trail; this 10-mile trail is treacherous in places. At some points, the banks of the gorge are 200 to 300 feet high; so do not forget your camera! You will want to capture each breathtaking view as you wind your way around the edge of the gorge. With Whetstone Creek below, natural flowing waterfalls are abundant.

The park also has a 500-acre reservoir above the gorge that was developed for flood control and to provide recreational fishing, canoeing, and kayaking. Fishing is excellent, as the reservoir is stocked with tiger muskies and large mouth bass.

Whetstone Gulf State Park is a popular destination for all seasons. Camping, picnicking, hiking, and swimming are all popular in the summer and fall. The park is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. For more information contact Whetstone Gulf State Park at 315-376-6630.

Whittaker Park

Tucked away from the road amongst the trees, Whittaker Park, located on Whittaker Road in Martinsburg, is ideal for picnicking or holding an outdoor event at the park pavilion. With the roaring brook flowing along the edge of the park, swimming and hiking are also popular activities. Whittaker Park also has a playground, making it a great place for children. Call (315) 376-7602 for information.

Singing Waters Park

Singing Waters is one of Lewis County’s parks, located in a county reforestation area. There are two picnic areas that can accommodate up to 130 picnickers, and overnight camping is permitted.

Singing Waters is located on a 105-acre tract reforested about 68 years ago with white pine. The steep eroded south slopes were replanted with red pine in 1962. Sixty acres of white pine plantations on top of the hill were thinned and pruned during 1969, and about one and a half miles of access roads and fire trails were cleared.

Bristly locust shrubs provided by the Soil Conservation Service were planted in 1969 between the road and this valuable trout stream. These shrubs prevent pollution through erosion and siltation. In 1982 and 1983, 50 cords of firewood were removed from the top of the hill, and additional access roads were cleared and brushed out.

The picnic area was planned in 1956 and the first county picnic was held here by the Board of Supervisors on July 5, 1957. In 1958, the upper area and bridge were developed. On July 16, 1965, a dedication ceremony was held to unveil the bronze marker in memory of Theodore Woolschlager, the first Lewis County forester, who was responsible for planning this picnic area. The upper bridge was replaced in 1982. The accommodations today are adequate for some 100-130 picnickers at one time. Fish Creek runs through the picnic area, making the area very scenic.

Ager’s Falls

This area has been recognized by generations of visitors for its natural beauty and vast water power. Kayakers shoot the falls, white water rafters enjoy rafting this Lewis County river. There is a picnic area, footpaths for hiking, and a boat launch. Located on this state historic site is the cemetery of the Ager family, who built and operated a paper mill and a saw mill at this location in the late 1800’s.

Effley Falls

The 339-acre Effley Falls Reservoir is the first reservoir formed by the Beaver River after it leaves the Adirondack Park. Averaging 17 feet deep, its maximum depth is 31 feet. Smallmouth bass, splake, yellow perch, tiger muskie, chain pickerel, norlunge, rock bass, and bullhead are plentiful, making this a popular fishing destination. The picnic area is available for public use.

DEC Demonstration Area

The Demonstration Area Nature Trail is located on 98 acres at the former Lowville Tree Nursery. This Nursery was in operation from approximately 1923 to 1971, when the last seedlings were shipped out.

Many remnants of the nursery are still visible, including: The Superintendent’s Home (now the NYS DEC Region 6 Sub-Office), The Bunkhouse where temporary Nursery workers slept, The Refrigeration Building where seedlings were kept cool before shipping, The Pump House (located across NYS 812) where water for irrigation was pumped up from the Black River, The Packing Shed (now the auto and maintenance shop), and The Nursery Office Building (now the Operations Office).

After the Nursery stopped production, trees were planted here for demonstration purposes. This work started in the spring of 1974. Trees were planted in blocks in order to compare the differences among species, origins, and management practices.

Wildlife abounds in this area. One may see white tail deer, great blue heron, woodchuck, cottontail rabbit or a bluebird (the NY state bird) while hiking or cross-country skiing through the area.

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Hunting

With more than 175,000 acres of public land within its borders, a long season stretching from October to December, and a mix of woodlands and open fields, Lewis County is a good bet for big bucks. Black powder, archery, and regular seasons all offer a nice chance for hunters to enjoy the Adirondack fall beauty.

Located in the Northern Zone, the county offers an exciting variety of “low pressure” conditions ranging from rural to total wilderness. You can enjoy the convenience of a motel, the warmth of a Bed & Breakfast, roadside camping, or backpacking into remote areas.

Within Lewis County, the terrain varies from the Adirondack Forest Preserve to the Black River Valley to the Tug Hill Plateau. The Adirondack foothills in the eastern section of the county represent a descent from the mountain country of the central area of the Adirondacks. Elevations vary from 3,000 to 400 feet in Lewis County. Forest cover is up to 80 percent in the foothills. This transitions to the agricultural zone where land ownership increases from 50 percent private to 90 percent.

The Black River Valley, which runs through the center of Lewis County is predominantly agricultural. Farming makes up 35-50 percent of the land use, and virtually all land is in private ownership. Brush land predominates over forests on land with cover.

The Tug Hill Plateau, on the western side of the county, is distinct and isolated from the Adirondack Mountains. Its ascent begins at 1,000 feet and tops off at 1,900 feet. The area varies from 37 to 67 percent forested, with some farming occurring on the slopes. Much of Tug Hill is private land. The cover of Tug Hill has always been forested and was never cleared for farmland.

The number of deer in the Northern Zone is less than in the Southern Zone because of range quality and winter severity conditions. On the other hand, hunting pressure is light, so that only about 30 percent of the bucks are taken during the entire season. Translated into opportunity, this means that, unlike the Southern Zone hunting, your chances of success are equally good throughout any week of the season. And if you are looking for big racks, the more remote sections are your best choice. The lower rate of buck harvest results in an overall older age of bucks living in the county. Thus, many of the older males have trophy antlers.

Cottontail Rabbit | Ruffled Grouse | Woodcock | Snowshoe Hare | Pheasant | Turkey | Early Bear | Regular | Bowhunting | Muzzleloading

For more information regarding fees, licenses and seasons contact the NYS DEC Watertown District Office, Region 6 Headquarters at (315) 785-2239 or visit www.dec.ny.gov

The Beaver River

Once used to float logs downstream to lumberyards, the river is now home to a variety of wildlife and to a very scenic atmosphere, including the Beaver River Canoe Route.

Hundreds of canoeists travel each year to the Beaver River to follow this 12-mile route. The Beaver River begins at Beaver Lake, which is filled from the Moshier Reservoir, and filled by the Stillwater Reservoir – where water from several western Adirondack streams converge.

Canoeing is also very popular along Orion’s Power Beaver River Canoe Route. This offers a 14-mile venture from Moshier Impoundment put-in to High Falls Impoundment take-out. Camping opportunities exist enroute and the trip includes six portages, totaling just over two miles. Hand launches are also located on most of the impoundments, for shorter canoe trips.

Most of the area around the river is undeveloped and camping is available throughout the area. Terrific campsites are located at the Stillwater Reservoir and at the Soft Maple Campgrounds.

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The Black River

Flowing northeasterly the river covers parts of five counties before it drains into Lake Ontario in Dexter. The Black River has a watershed of approximately 1,916 square miles. The river is economically important for both agricultural and recreational reasons; it was one of the main contributors to the economic growth of Lewis County in its early years.

The Black River is home to a variety of bird life. Canada geese, snow geese, mallard ducks, black ducks, canvasbacks, buffleheads, and other waterfowl make up the Black River bird life. Many of these, including mallards and woodies, nest along the river and in wetlands. Shorebirds, including the killdeer and spotted sandpiper, can also be spotted along the riverbank or in marsh areas. Red-winged blackbirds, cedar waxwings, northern orioles, bob-o-links, tree swallows, kingfishers, ravens, mourning doves, flycatchers, warblers, wrens, sparrows, purple grackles, crows, and cowbirds can all be seen along the river.

Many of the plant species framing the Black River are found almost nowhere else in Lewis County. Silver maple, green ash, black willow, basswood, and box elder are found here, along with species more common to the area like red maple, white American elm, cottonwood, and ironwood.

During the summer and fall months, the Black River is full of canoes and kayaks. The annual RiverFest, designed as a comfortable paddle, is held on the Black River the first Saturday in August. Please see the Events Section of the Visitor’s Guide for more information.

IMG_8842.JPGThe Moose River

The Moose River is considered a mountain waterway with three branches: the North Branch, the Middle Branch and the South Branch. The North Branch begins at the outlet of Big Moose Lake, in northern Herkimer County. The Middle Branch starts at the Fulton Chain Lakes located in Old Forge. The Southern Branch has its headwaters in Little Moose Lake located in Hamilton County. The general flow of the river is westward through Herkimer County into Lewis County, where it converges with the Black River in Lyons Falls. Moose River is a favorite spot for whitewater rafters, kayakers, and canoeists. There are three whitewater sections below McKeever with varying degrees of difficulty. The middle section of Moose river is classified as a class 2-3 that reaches from the gaging station in McKeever to Rock Island. The lower section is a class 3-5, reaching from Rock Island to just above Fowlersville Falls. The bottom section of Moose river is a class 5+, spanning from Fowlersville on.

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Every year in October, hundreds of whitewater enthusiasts flock to the Moose River from all parts of the US and Canada. The bottom of the river is a particularly favorite run for those who enjoy class V whitewater rapids. The bottom run has many waterfalls, ranging from easy and straightforward to difficult and dangerous.

There are also several hydropower projects along the Moose River.

Oswegatchie River

The Oswegatchie River is made up of three branches: East, West, and Middle. The Five Ponds Wilderness is where all three branches begin.

The Middle Branch is favorable for canoeists due to the shallow and fast moving waters, with only a couple of slow-moving sections. Alder Bed Flow and Moynehan Flow are included in the Middle Branch. Experienced kayakers occasionally take advantage of the high water conditions, generally from the Bear Pond Road to a seasonal access road located by Mullins Flow. Due to the remoteness and seasonal access of these roads, this only attracts the most enthusiastic kayakers.

The West Branch is slower yet than the Middle Branch, with its still waters: Long Pond, Mud Pond, and Long Level separated by rapids and waterfalls. Unlike the Middle Branch, the West Branch is not canoe friendly due to its small and narrow feeder streams with fallen logs and overhanging alders. Back during the Depression there was a public trail from where the outlet of Mud Pond crosses the Long Pond Road all the way to Jerden Falls Road. However, today there is no sign of this trail.

The Middle Branch and the West Branch converge near the village of Harrisville in northern Lewis County. The river then flows downstream as the West Branch Oswegatchie until it merges with the East Branch near the village of Talcville in St. Lawrence County. From there it is simply known as the Oswegatchie, as it flows northerly until it empties into the St. Lawrence River near Ogdensburg.

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Located just to the east of the hamlet of Brantingham, lies the mid-sized body of water called Brantingham Lake. The lake has become a very popular vacation spot for locals and tourists to the Adirondack Park. Many camps that were built along the lake have now become year-round residences.

There are two islands on Brantingham Lake. First is Grant or Round Island and second is Dark Island. Having a maximum depth of 85 feet, Brantingham Lake only has an average depth of 45 feet. Buoys mark the length of the two distinct sand bars found in the lake. A submerged dirt road coming off of Dark Island to the mainland can still be seen.

Brantingham Lake has four lily ponds. Three of them you can access by boating under a bridge on the southwestern side of the lake. The fourth is found in a small inlet on the lake’s northeastern side.

At sunset one can hear “Taps” being played. Trumpets and a lone trombone player return the call to each other. This tradition started back in the early 1990s.

Lake Bonaparte

Lake Bonaparte is in the northern part of Diana, a town in northern Lewis County. On the south shore of the lake is the hamlet of Lake Bonaparte.

Lake Bonaparte was named in honor of Joseph Bonaparte.

Lake Bonaparte has two public marinas, a public swimming area, and a state boat launch. Bullheads, wall eyes, great northern pike, perch, and rock and black bass are all found in the lake. The lake is spring fed and over two miles long. It covers 1,286 acres with twenty-four miles of shoreline.

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Discovering Waterfalls

Gleasman Falls - Greig

This peaceful, 5.5-mile Adirondack trail wanders through a maple forest to an overlook with views of Gleasman’s Falls and a rocky gorge.

From Lowville, take Number Four Rd. east into Adirondack Park. In Crystal Dale, right on Erie Canal Rd. In 2.9 miles, left on McPhilmy Rd. In 0.7 mile, left on Beach Mill Rd. (no sign). In 1.5 miles, left at fork on Beach Mill Rd. Go 2.2 miles to trail head for Beach Mill Pond.

Inman Gulf -Barnes Corners

The Inman Gulf Trail was cut by Forest Ranger Dave Larrabee, with help from Bill Blodgett. This trail runs along the edge of Inman Gulf and through some hilly sections. Scenic Rainbow Falls may be seen on the north side of the rim; Gulf Stream courses along the bottom of Inman Gulf. Be cautious when crossing Williams Truck Road because it is a main snowmobile route. In summer, five parking areas along Williams Truck Road allow people to choose loops of different length.

Access to these cross-country ski trails is from the north side of N.Y.S. Route 177, about two miles west of Barnes Corners and .75 mile east of the intersection of N.Y.S. Route 177 and County Route 189.

A trail map and guide for this and other State lands within Region 6 is available at Regional Headquarters in Watertown (315) 785-2263 and the Lowville Field Headquarters (315) 376-3521.

Lyons Falls Dam -Lyons Falls

The dam and majestic falls are visible from the Lower Boat Launch on the Lyons Falls Road in Lyons Falls. The cascade and view of the historic Lyons Falls Pulp and Paper Mill reminds us of the significance of the beautiful Black River to the heritage of Lewis County.

The Shingle Mill Falls is part of the Independence River Wild Forest. This 1-mile easy walk culminates at a wide ten- foot waterfall on Otter Creek. There are some additional falls above and below this point, and a large pool at the base of the falls. The open rock slabs beside the river are a nice place to picnic.

The trail is located approximately 4 miles down the Partridgeville Rd. on the left.

Sugar River Falls - Talcottville

Visitors driving through Talcottville along Route 12D cannot fail to notice the beautiful falls of the Sugar River. This small hamlet was the first settlement in Lewis County.

Whittaker Falls -Martinsburg

At this local park and camping area, there are trails that lead to majestic falls flowing through the beautiful gorges.

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Beaver River

The releases are the result of negotiations by American Whitewater that have produced a series of 11 whitewater releases during a typical year, spread over three challenging sections of Beaver River whitewater. The sections are dry except for release days when Orion Power allows water to spill back into the natural river bed creating whitewater runs ranging from class 3 to class 5.

The runs are typically short, varying in length from one to four miles, and on most release days water is scheduled on two different parts of the river. Boaters can easily paddle one section of the Beaver River in the morning and then catch a second section in the afternoon.

The whitewater sections include the Taylorville run, a 1.5-mile stretch that features six class 3–4 drops. While some of the drops appear intimidating—particularly a steep 30-foot slide—the rapids are fairly straightforward and are appropriate for strong intermediate paddlers looking for an introduction to steep creeking.

The Moshier section is the jewel of the river, a 4-mile run that includes two runnable waterfalls, a number of easy class-3 rapids, and concludes with a long, technical class-5 rapid composed of four discernible drops. The section is appropriate for experts or strong intermediates with judicious scouting and/or portaging.

The Eagle section is short and demanding. Only a mile in length, the run starts off with four class-5 drops, where the river drops the equivalent of 475 fpm. Eagle is a demanding, expert run.

The Beaver River originates from Stillwater Reservoir in the western section of the Adirondack Park, northeast of the village of Lowville. The area is undeveloped and camping is available throughout the area.

Questions regarding the Beaver River can be directed to Chris Koll at (315) 652-8397. See the Events Section for more details on the releases.

Moose River

The “Bottom Moose” in Lyons Falls provides some of the best white water kayaking east of the Mississippi. Rapids range from class 4–5, making this stretch appropriate for experts.

Each spring and fall, Lyons Falls Alive hosts the Black-Moose Kayak Event, drawing hundreds to the area for a weekend filled with kayak events, camping, and fun for all ages.

Exploring the Waterways - Whitewater Adventures

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Fishing

Cast your pole in the forty-five plus streams, rivers, ponds, and lakes.

With the abundance and variety of fish in the waters of Lewis County, the tough decision an avid fisherman needs to make is deciding where to throw a line. The lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams in the region provide some of the best fishing opportunities for trout, bass, pike, perch, bullhead, and many others in the north country. From the novice to the expert, young to old, everyone can find that special spot where the fish are biting.

Fish Species & Locations Chart

fishingchart.pdf

Season

1st Saturday in May through March 15th
3rd Saturday in June through November 15th
April 1st through October 15th

Fields of wheat, corn, and pasture spread before visitors in a patchwork quilt, spring, summer, and fall. Many of the fields are cultivated with horse-drawn plows by Amish Mennonites. Their buggies are often seen on the roads and their food products and handicrafts are sold at farmer’s markets and roadside stands.

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Agritourism

Apiaries

Wakefield Apiaries | 4016 Deer River Rd Deer River (315) 493-0347 | Richard & Amy Wakefield

Country Stores

Colwell’s Farm Market and Garden Center | 6007 State Route 12 Glenfield (315) 376-7402
The Country Store | 7923 Brantingham Rd Brantingham (315) 348-6323
Colwell’s Farm Market and Garden Center | 6007 State Rt 12 Glenfield (315) 376-7402
Croghan Meat Market | 9824 Main Street Croghan (315) 346-6613 | www.croghanbologna.com
Denmark Gardens Apple Orchard | 10100 Old State Rd Carthage (315) 771-4354 or (315) 493-1619
Eddie’s Meat Market | 10867 State Route 812 Croghan (315) 346-1633
Good’s Country Market | 7478 Belfort Rd Croghan (315) 346-6059
Lowville Cheese Store - 7396 Utica Blvd Lowville (315) 376-3921 - www.gotgoodcheese.com
Miller’s Meat Market | 6525 No. Four Rd Lowville - (315) 376-6253
Monnat’s Country Store | 9762 Main St Croghan (315) 346-6121
Nolt’s Country Store | 7189 Route 812 Lowville (315) 377-3077
Shultz Family Cheese | 79556 Number Three Road | Fresh chees and cheese curd plain or flavored. (315) 376-7548
Stony Creek Country Store | 10825 State Route 26 Carthage (315) 493-0750

Farms & Farm Tours (*Please call ahead)

Adirondack Beef Company* | 7141 Old State Rd Croghan | Steve & Michele Ledoux | adirondackbeefcompany.com
Black River Quarter Horse Farm | 6475 East Martinsburg Rd, Lowville (315) 376-7806
Kraeger Farm* | 6224 Wynne Rd Constableville (315) 397-2592 | Michael Kraeger
Brandt’s Red Barn Meat Inc. | 9095 Briot Rd (315) 346-1254
On site slaughtering by apt only. Custom and USDA processing of beef, pork, goat, lamb and poultry. Jordan Brandt
The Roz B&B* | 5066 Lee Rd Turin (315) 348-6621 | www.theroz.com | Gary & Elaine Rosiczkowski
White Frost Ranch | 6932 Hodge Rd Watson (315) 376-8888 | Mary Lu Wilcox

Maple Sugaring Tours (*Please call ahead)

Golden Maple Shanty* | 4836 Sharp Road Lowville | (315) 376-6310 | www.mapleshanty.com | Marvin & Nancy Widrick
Lyndaker’s Maple Orchard* | 7883 Long Pond Rd Croghan | (315) 346-6829 | Glenn & Nadeen Lyndaker
Moser’s Maple | 9609 Croghan Reservoir Rd Croghan | (315) 346-6628 | mosersmaple.com
Pierce’s Sugar Spigot | 14143 South Creek Road | Harrisville | (315) 543-2980 | Carl and Karen Pierce
Swiss’er Sweet* | 6242 Swiss Rd Castorland | (315) 346-1034 | www.swissersweetmaple.com | Jason & Barbara Zehr
Yancey’s Sugar Bush | 7981 Long Pond Road Croghan | 315-346-6356

Vineyards

Tug Hill Vineyards | 4051 Yancey Rd Lowville | (315) 376-4336 | www.tughillvineyards.com | Mike & Sue Maring

Farmer’s Markets

Saturdays | End of May- End of October | Spring/Summer: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. | October: 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Fairgrounds, Lowville | Info: Doug Hanno (315) 376-8333

Tuesdays | mid-June–October 12:00–6:00 pm
Riverside Park, Lyons Falls | Info: Gary Mavis (315) 348-5167

Lowville Farmers Market | Lewis County Fairgrounds | Forest Park Pavilion, Bostwick St, Lowville
Saturdays 8am-1pm | May 31-Last Saturday in October

Lyons Falls Farmers Market
Park Pavilion - Riverside Park on Laura St, Lyons Falls Tuesdays noon-6pm | June - September

Lewis County General Hospital Farmers Market | located at the hospital back parking lot
Thursdays noon - 4pm | June to October

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EVENTS

February

Brantingham WinterFest - President’s Day Weekend

During Winterfest weekend, Brantingham is a bustling hub of fun filled activities for three days. The action begins Friday night with a Bon Fire, and the celebration continues all day Saturday & Sunday throughout the town. A parade kicks off the Saturday events, followed by an Open House at the groomer barn, sponsored by the Brantingham “Snomads” Snowmobile Club. A Tricky Tray Basket Raffle is held on Saturday during the Open House, with all proceeds to benefit the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life.

Activities include an outdoor volleyball tournament, and the famous Bed and Barefoot Races, an event you surely won’t want to miss. Enjoy live music at many of the restaurants throughout the weekend, while you savor some delicious food. If BBQ Chicken is one of your favorites, be sure to visit the 3G Fire Station on Sunday. All of the local businesses participate in special offers and events throughout the weekend and welcome you to stop in to say hello.

A detailed schedule of events will be posted on the Brantingham “Snomads” Snowmobile Club website in mid January.
www.brantinghamsnomads.org

Snow Kite Skiing - President’s Day Weekend

Kite Skiing on snow is much like cross-country skiing, on a snowboard or skis, with the pull from the kite and the power of the wind.

March

Maple Weekend - Two Weekends in March

Lewis County invites you to one of the state’s sweetest events, Maple Weekend, sponsored by the New York State Maple Producers Association.

The purpose of Maple Weekend is to share the taste of the mouth-watering maple syrup with you while also demonstrating the numerous ways to make it. Whether it’s simply boiling the sap over an open fire or running it through some highly scientific equipment, great taste is always the final product.

Each spring, locations across Lewis County open their doors to invite you in to demonstrate how they make their deliciously sweet syrup. Some demonstrate how they gather the sap and boil it down; others show you how to make maple cotton candy. At this fun event you can even take a horse-drawn carriage ride and indulge in an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, with of course, real maple syrup. Go to www.mapleweekend.com for more information.

April

SNIRT Run - 3rd Saturday of April

Every year thousands of people hop on their ATVs to attend the annual SNIRT RUN.

Defined as a combination of snow and dirt, the SNIRT RUN™ is an ATV Poker Run held each year with proceeds used to maintain and improve ATV trails. Since its inception, this event has grown annually to become the largest ATV event in New York State. The event attracts thousands of
registered riders each year!

Adiron-Duck Race - Last Sunday of April

Always the last Sunday in April. The race helps send kids to summer camp. Pancake breakfast, music, free program and activities.

May

Maple Festival - 3rd Saturday in May

Introduction of the honorary members, selection of the maple princess, pancake breakfast, crafts, food, music and fun for the whole family.

Black-Moose Kayak Fest - Weekend in Mid-May

Each Spring & Fall, Lyons Falls Alive hosts the Black-Moose Kayak Event, drawing hundreds to the area for a weekend filled with kayak events and camping.

These rapids are class 4–5 and feature some of the best kayaking east of the Mississippi River. For more information contact Rocky Fawcett at (315) 348-9991.

June

Tug Hill - Bluegrass Festival - Father’s Day Weekend in June

Three day event at the Maple Ridge Center full of camping, music, and good times.

Past performers have included Kenny and Amanda Smith, Alan Bibey and Grasstown, PotLuck Supper, Dan Paisley and the Southern Grass, John Kirk and Trish Miller, and the Atkinson Family.

Constable Hall Arts & Crafts and Antique Auto Show - Father’s Day

Constable Hall, an historic home, is open for Fathers’ Day. This early 19th century home may be toured and the 18th century-style garden is open for strollers. Vendors provide food and crafts and an antique auto show rounds out the festival.

WaterCross - 2nd weekend in June, July and August

Join Flat Rock Inn as they host the New York State Water Cross racing. Watch as people race their snowmobiles over water reaching speeds of 60mph or more. There are camp sites available in the area. Some sites have a full view of the races. Bring the whole family for great fun. For more information visit
www.flatrockinn.net.

Black River Challenge (Canoe & Kayak Race) - Last Sunday in June

Annual race for avid canoeists, kayakers, and paddleboarders along the scenic Black River, from Glenfield to Castorland.

Beaver Camp Auction - First Friday & Saturday in June

July

Zwanzigstein Fest/Mennonite Heritage - First Saturday in July

Zwanzigstein means twenty stones. This weekend shows off the history and current culture of the Mennonites. Quilting, butter making, and other demonstrations are featured all weekend.

Lyons Falls Festival - Saturday after the 4th of July

This festival celebrates the community and was created especially for the children. They can join in the parade, get their face painted, and play games. There are crafters, a petting zoo, wagon rides, and music for the whole family to enjoy. For more information contact Rocky Fawcett at (315) 348-9991.

Lewis County Fair - Week-long event in Mid-July

The Lewis County Fair is one of the oldest fairs in New York state.

The fair has been held every year since 1821. Lowville became the permanent site upon the purchase of 15 acres of land in January 1876 from the Bostwick Estate at the northeast end of the village. The site became known as Forest Park.

The Lewis County Fair is held annually, for one week in July. While at the fair be sure to visit the dairy building. It showcases Lewis County’s number one industry—dairy farming. Inside you will find a Lewis County dairy history exhibit room, a five-stall, flat barn-milking parlor, complete with adjacent milk houses, and much more. In addition to dairy, there are contests for baked and canned goods and sewing.

Each day at the fair has a new theme, with live shows and competitions. Four-H and the Future Farmers of America, stakes harness races, tractor and truck pulls, exotic animal shows, live music and entertainment, and of course all of your favorite carnival rides will keep you busy from start to finish. For more information please visit www.lewiscountyfair.org.

August

RiverFest - 1st Saturday in August

Paddling enthusiasts participate each summer in RiverFest, a fun and relaxing paddle down the Black River. The event is held the first Saturday in August and is enjoyed by both families and individuals who return year after year.

The exact length and location of the paddle differs from year to year. It is always located on the Black River and is usually about 11 miles long. A small admission fee is charged to cover insurance costs. For more information visit lewiscountychamber.org.

MOE Down - Second Weekend in August

Hosted at Snow Ridge Ski
Resort Friday to Sunday. For more information visit snowridge.com

Beaver River White Water Releases - Late August–Late September

The releases are the result of negotiations by American Whitewater that have produced in a series of 11 whitewater releases during a typical year, spread over three challenging sections of Beaver River whitewater. The sections are dry except for release days when Brookfield Power allows water to spill back into the natural river bed creating whitewater runs ranging from class 3 to class 5.

Six release dates are scheduled during September. For more information regarding the dates and times of the releases contact the Chamber of Commerce at (315) 376-2213

September

Flywheels & Pulleys Old Time Days - 1st Weekend after Labor Day

A group of old engine enthusiasts bring forth, restore, and put to work equipment of yesteryears. These folks put on a successful gas and steam engine show full of ‘working’ iron horses.

The machinery includes a 1923 stone separator-crusher made in Marathon, New York, an Ericsson hot air pumping machine, threshing machines, shingle mills, wood splitter, drag saws, gas-run washing machine, a Case steam tractor and many smaller engines.

The show also includes craftsmen and flea market. So, if you are an enthusiast or just enjoy watching - plan to visit the ‘Flywheels & Pulleys Old Time Gas Engine Show’. The show is free. Food is available, as are camper facilities.

Cream Cheese Festival - 3rd Saturday in September

The annual Cream Cheese Festival is definitely worth making the trip to northern New York . This uniquely silly event is held in the streets of historic, downtown Lowville, centrally located in the heart of Lewis County.

This event is fun for the entire family! Many of the events are designed for the younger generation, but as long as you are young at heart, you will find yourself participating. Events for children include the mini-tractor pull, farmer green jeans, milk the cow contest, and bowling. Events for adults are: fill your friend’s face (with cream cheese), cream cheese toss, cream cheese tag, bowling (giant bowling pins and therapy ball), and just maybe – cream cheese wrestling!

In addition to fun events, the day is rounded out with live music, great local food, vendors, and the world’s largest cheesecake! The Kraft Foods manufacturing plant, located in Lowville, is the largest producer of cream cheese in the country, and has the cheesecake to prove it! On September 21, 2013 the cheesecake made the Guinness World Record for largest cheesecake, weighing 6,900 lb.

The event is free to the public and kicks off with the opening ceremony at 11:00 a.m. The final band will finish at 6:00 p.m. For more information visit www.creamcheesefestival.com.

Fall Foliage Drive-it-Yourself Tour - Last Saturday in September

The Fall Foliage Drive-It Yourself Tour has become a Lewis County tradition! Each year there is a new route mapped through a different section of the county.

The event is held the first weekend in October. Hundreds of participants drive the tour year after year, enjoying the spectacular fall foliage while visiting interesting businesses, historic sites, and landmarks.

A booklet is available for a small fee from many Lewis County businesses. The booklet explains how to find the stops, includes a map of the route, good places to eat, and the history of some of the stops and points of interest. For more information visit www.lewiscountychamber.org.

November

Health and Wellness Weekend - 2nd Weekend in November

Held at Edge Hotel. Over 60 vendors including psychics, holistic and retail. Free admission. 3952 NYS Rt 12 Lyons Falls, NY 13368

Home for the Holidays - 2nd Weekend in November

Including huge electric train display including villages, etc. Gingerbread House display. Beautiful decorated trees and Christmas stockings. Lewis County Historical Society 7552 South State Street Lowville.

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Things to Do - Cultural Heritage & Historical Sites

American Maple Museum | 9753 Main Street Croghan (315) 346-1107 | americanmaplemuseum.org

As the official Maple Hall of Fame for the US and Canada, the American Maple Museum was founded in 1977 to preserve the North American maple syrup industry. Located in a 1916 brick schoolhouse, the museum has exhibits that demonstrate the history of maple syrup and sugar-making techniques from the American Indians to present day. There is also a replica of a sugarhouse and a gift shop where you’ll find pure maple syrup and other sweet treats made with maple.

Off-season hours (Labor Day until the end of June): Monday, Friday, Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Seasonal summer hours (July through Labor Day): Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Constable Hall | 5909 John Street Constableville (315) 397-2323 (in season) (315) 376-7493 (Sept–May) www.constablehall.org

A north country historic mansion, Constable Hall is nestled on the edge of the Tug Hill Plateau overlooking the Sugar River. Constable Hall remained in the family for five generations, from 1822 to 1947, and is now on the National Register of Historic places. Many of the furnishings are original. By the 1790s William Constable owned 10% of New York state, over 3 .8 million acres. His son, William Constable Jr., inherited Lewis County in 1803 and was instrumental in the settling of the county. He moved to the county in 1810 after his marriage to Mary Eliza McVickar.

The hall remains open from the last weekend in May until October 15. Visiting hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fees are $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12. The Father’s Day Arts and Crafts Fair & Antique Show remains an annual event.

Lewis County Historical Society | 7552 S. State Street Lowville (315) 376-8957 | www.lewiscountyhistory.org

The Lewis County Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the past and present cultural, ethnic, religious, educational and industrial history of Lewis County. The Society accomplishes its mission through the exhibition and interpretation of its collection, as well as local history exhibits and lectures.

Visitors are welcome from June to mid-October, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Lyons Falls History Association | McAlpine Street Lyons Falls (315) 348-8121

Lyons Falls History Association exhibits bottles, pharmaceutical equipment, and other memorabilia dating back 100 years or more. Prescriptions from early 1900s are on display as well as other items from earlier days in Lyons Falls.

The museum is located/housed in the back of the Lyons Falls Pharmacy on the corner of McAlpine and Cherry Street in Lyons Falls, and is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Railway Historic Society of Northern New York | 9781 Main Street Croghan (315) 346-6848

Members of the Railway Historic Society of Northern New York (RHSNNY) have turned the old train station into a museum teeming with artifacts of life in the old days. The building was once the Croghan Depot for the Lowville-Beaver River Railway (L&BRR) and is full of memorabilia from days gone by.

The RHSNNY Museum is open Memorial Day to Labor Day, Friday 12 to 4 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 to 4 p.m.

Mennonite Heritage Farm | 8778 Erie Canal Road Croghan (315) 346-1122, (315) 493-3119 | (315) 376-8502 | mennoniteheritagefarm.com

When looking across the lush, green, rolling hills of Lewis County, one of the defining aspects of the landscape is the dairy farm. Many of these farms have stood for more than one hundred years and have been in families for generations. It is these farms and the unique people who built and settled the rough Lewis County landscape that the Adirondack Mennonite Heritage Farm, located in Kirschnerville near the town of Croghan, seeks to preserve. The Heritage Farm, which was recently added to the National Registry of Historic Places, was settled in 1834 and served as the homestead for three generations of Moser descendants.

The Mosers were members of the Amish/Mennonite faith and came to America with the hope of practicing their religion openly and freely. With the help of other immigrant families in Lewis County, the Moser family helped the Mennonite church grow from a group of a few families meeting in houses to a church of more than ten locations spread out over two counties.

In the 1980s, following the deaths of Menno and Veronica Moser, the last Moser family members to live on the homestead, the property was acquired by a newly organized committee of sponsors who recognized the unique value of the farm as a living story of the life and faith of the area’s settlers. The committee has since evolved into the now state-chartered nonprofit, the Adirondack Mennonite Heritage Association. Since acquiring the property, AMHA has set up the house and surrounding grounds with exhibits and displays of artifacts and information about the life of the early Amish-Mennonite dairy farmers of the area.

The farm is open from July thru October, Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is a minimal admission fee. Bus tours are welcome by appointment. On the first Saturday of July the farm holds a special daylong celebration: Zwanzigstein Fest, which showcases the property and the way of life for so many of our local ancestors!

North American Fiddlers Hall of Fame and Museum | Comins Road Osceola (315) 599-7009 | (315) 964-1226 | www.nysotfa.com

The art of fiddling is preserved at the North American Fiddlers Hall of Fame and Museum. The museum includes displays of fiddling artifacts, photographs, and the Fiddlers Hall of Fame. The resource library houses fiddle tunes, dance formations, and recordings.

The New York State Old Tyme Fiddler’s Association is an organization for those that enjoy old tyme fiddle, listening to old tyme fiddle and helping to preserve old type fiddle playing in America. The organization provides many opportunities for members, as well as the public to participate in fiddle events. Throughout the summer months there are regular weekend concerts and jam sessions in the Fiddler’s Pavilion at the North American Fiddlers Hall of Fame. Admission is free to most events, while there is a small admission charge to some.

There are also three special events during the year. These are The Fall House Party, The Winter Picnic, and the Spring Fling. In addition, each chapter has a monthly meeting followed by a jam session.

Visitors are welcome to attend all concerts and events. Hours are Memorial Day to the first Sunday in October, Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Town of Diana | Historical Museum | 2 Depot Street Harrisville (315) 543-2218

Decorated in period design and reproductions the museum provides a gift shop and a greeting and baggage room as a backdrop to photos, scrapbooks, and locally collected memorabilia. Special events and guest artisans frequent the museum.

The museum is open Tuesday–Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., May to October.

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Bowling

Harrisville Lanes | 54 Church Street Harrisville (315) 543-2775
K of C Bowling Alleys | 6969 Convent Street Croghan (315) 346-6421
Lewis Lanes | 7828 State Route 26 Lowville (315) 376-3611

Golfing

3D Sports, LLC | 6014 Number Four Rd Lowville (315) 376-2386 (Open in Winter Months)
Cedars Golf Course | 9368 East Rd Lowville (315) 376-6267 | cedarsgolf-lewiscounty.com
Carlowden Country Club | 4105 Carlowden Rd Denmark (315) 493-0624 | www.carlowden.com
Turin Highlands Golf Course | 4448 East Rd Turin (315) 348-4327
Brantingham Golf Club, Inc | Brantingham Rd Brantingham (315) 348-8861

Ice Skating

Forest Park Pavilion Ice Rink | 7740 Dewitt Street Lowville (315) 376-8333
Croghan Ice Rink | 9578 Park Drive Croghan (315) 346-6705
Harrisville Ice Rink | 14226 Church Street Harrisville (315) 543-2215
Riverside Park | Laura Street Lyons Falls (315) 348-5081

Movie Theaters

Town Hall Theater | 5428 Shady Ave Lowville (315) 376-2421 | lowvilletownhalltheater.com
Valley Brook Drive In | Burdicks Crossing Turin (315) 348-6315

Skiing

Snow Ridge Ski Resort | 4173 West Rd Turin (315) 348-8456 | www.snowridge.com

Snowmobile Rentals

Flat Rock Inn | Flat Rock Road Lowville (315) 376-2332 | www.flatrockinn.net
Ridge View Lodge | 7491 State Route 12 Lowville (315) 376-2252 | www.ridge-view.com
Kovach Rentals & Repairs | 5728 Long Point Rd Brantingham (315) 348-8172

ATV Rentals

Flat Rock Inn | Flat Rock Road Lowville (315) 376-2332 | Guides Available | www.flatrockinn.net
Kovach Rentals & Repairs | 5728 Long Point Rd Brantingham (315) 348-8172

Spas

Elements | 7686 N State Street Lowville (315) 543-0102 | www.elements-dayspa.com
Hair Vogue | 7650 North State Street (315) 376-3551 | www.hairvoguesalonandspa.com
Open Sky Healing Arts Center | 5440 Trinity Ave Lowville (315) 376-2256 | www.openskycenter.com
Adirondack Knights Massage Therapy | 7697 W State Street Lowville (315) 778-4202 | www.adirondackknights.massagetherapy.com

Snow Tubing

Maple Ridge Center & Tubing Park | 7421 East Rd Lowville (315) 376-2640 | www.mapleridgecenter.com

Parks & Playgrounds

Croghan Recreation Park | 9578 Park Drive Croghan (315) 346-6705
Beaver Falls Park | Main Street Beaver Falls (315) 346-6705
Harrisville Recreation Park | 14226 Church Street Harrisville (315) 543-2215
Port Leyden Community Park | Canal Street Port Leyden
Lowville Veterans Park | Parkway Drive Lowville
Lowville Fairgrounds Park | 5443 Bostwick Street Lowville
Riverside Park | Laura Street Lyons Falls (315) 348-5081

Vineyards

Tug Hill Vineyards | 4051 Yancey Rd Lowville (315) 376-4336 www.tughillvineyards.com

Things to Do - Area Attractions & Retreats

Oswegatchie Education Center | 9340 Long Pond Rd Croghan (315) 346-1222 www.oswegatchie.org

Educational and recreational retreat center that is operated by the Future Farmers of America. Located on the water, summer camping and lodging with cabins are available.

Beaver Camp | 8884 Buck Point Rd Lowville (315) 376-2640 | www.beavercamp.org

Owned and operated by the Adirondack Mennonite Camping Association, this spiritual retreat center offers day and week long camps and retreats for every age in many themes.

Unirondack | 8722 Unirondack Rd Lowville (315) 376-6888 (summer) (845) 675-9001 | www.unirondack.org

Unirondack is a community that is shaped and re-shaped each summer by its staff members, campers, and volunteers. We offer some things in common with other summer camps: a beautiful lakeside setting, a wide range of daily activities, family-style meals, and the chance to spend time away in the woods. But what truly makes us unique is the energy, caring and creativity of the people who call Unirondack home.

Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center | 7955 Brantingham Rd Greig (315) 348-8833 | www.aldersgateny.org

Aldersgate is a camp and retreat center owned and operated by the Upper NY Conference of the United Methodist Church. The campground can serve groups ranging from 12–300 people, depending on the season. In the summer months, the 200-acre retreat turns into a Christian summer camp.

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Gifts

Cozy Country Corner | 7608 N State Street Lowville (315) 376-4004
Chancery Lane | 5942 James St Constableville (315) 838-8842
Marguerite’s Cranberry Emporium | 7614 N State Street Lowville (315) 376-4411
Bonaparte’s Candle Company | 7790 Route 3 Harrisville (315) 543-7535
The Blue Bird Country Store | 8311 Route 26 Lowville (315) 376-2473 | www.bluebirdcandle.com
Amish Connection | 882 State Rt 12 Copenhagen (315) 688-2569
Croghan Candy Kitchen | Main St Croghan (315) 346-1591
The Wagon Wheel | 6903 Kotel Rd Lowville (315) 376-7133
The Edge Hotel Gift Shoppe | 3952 State Route 12 Lyons Falls (315) 348-4211

Liquor Stores

A to Z Liquor’s | 7377 Utica Blvd Lowville (315) 376-6115
Bonaparte Spirits | 7790 Route 3 Harrisville (315) 543-7535
Parkway Liquors | 5403 Parkway Drive Lowville (315) 376-2719
Stump’s Liquor | 9770 Route 812 Croghan (315) 346-1109

Jewelry

Allen’s Fine Jewelry & Gifts | 7573 S State Street Lowville (315) 376-2911

Antiques

Fox Crest Antiques | 4371 Michigan Mills Rd Constableville (315) 397-8177
R&S Antiques | 3019 Humphrey Rd Copenhagen (315) 688-2807
The Wagon Wheel | 6903 Kotel Rd Lowville (315) 376-7133

Auction Hall & Auctioneers

Constable Auction Hall | Main Street Constableville (315) 397-8010 | www.constablevilleauction.com

Handcrafted Canoes

Pat Brown | Upper Chases Lake Glenfield (315) 376-5935

Sporting Equipment

Osceola Tug Hill Cross-Country Ski Center | 1486 Osceola Road Camden (315) 599-7377

Artists & Artisans

Maximillian Studio & Gallery | 7574 South State St Lowville (315) 222-4586
Duffy’s Digs | 5564 Highland Ave Lowville (315) 376-3839 (call ahead)
Adirondack Artworks | 43956 Rt 3 Natural Bridge (315) 644-4645
Adirondack Stitches | Elaine Nortz (315) 346-6937
Soft Maple Designs | Mary Ellen Tyner | 6705 River Rd Lowville (315) 376-3598
Silver Bench Jewelry | 8272 Soft Maple Rd Croghan (315) 346-6805 | www.silverbenchjewelry.com
Charlie Brown Crafts | 9564 Church Street Castorland (315) 376-3306
The Basket Lady | Marcia Waligory | 3914 Rector Rd Lowville (315) 376-3401
Thunder Top Studio | Andrew Hunter | 6289 Erie Canal Rd Glenfield (315) 376-7576
The Tie Dye Place | Lori Gaylord (315) 376-2292 | www.thetiedyeplace.com
Garden Tyme Herb | Sharon Stewart | 5459 Carpenter Rd Turin (315) 348-6701
Madsen Heirlooms | Lis Barsuglia | 12996 Kimballs Mill Rd Harrisville (315) 543-2214
Chainsaw Creations | Justin Seelman | 7675 Park Ave Lowville (315) 771-8069
HenLeoMil Pens & Pebbles | Janine Grunert | 8479 Erie Canal Road Lowville | henleomilpensandpebbles.com
Watson Woodworking | Edward Knapp | 6826 Chase Lake Rd Glenfield 315-376-7329

Sporting Goods

Buckingham Hardware & Great Outdoors | 9801 Main Street Croghan (315) 346-6039 | buckinghamhardware.com
Dolhof True Value | 4057 Center Street Lyons Falls (315) 348-4066 | www.dolhoftruevalue.com
Indian River General Store | Route 812 Croghan (315) 346-1488
Lowville Farmers Co Op | 5500 Shady Ave Lowville (315) 376-6587 | www.lowvillecoop.doitbest.com

Taxidermy

Tri-Ponds Taxidermy | Route 12 Glenfield (315) 376-3440
Wild Stuff Taxidermy | 5198 Hillside Drive Lowville (315) 376-2382
Wilderness Walt’s Taxidermy | 10641 Station Rd Lowville (315) 493-7553

Hunting Preserve

Houp Acres | VanAmber Rd Castorland (315) 376-3812

Gun Shops

Cataldo Electric | 4061 Center St Lyons Falls (315) 348-8321
Kellogg Collins | 10255 Resha Rd Croghan (315) 346-6306
Boom Stick Arms | Alexander Honey | 7043 State Rt 12, Lowville (315) 651-0261

Gun Care Systems

Buckingham Hardware & Great Outdoors | 9801 Main St Croghan (315) 346-6039 | buckinghamhardware.com
Dolhof True Value | 4057 Center St Lyons Falls (315) 348-4066 | www.dolhoftruevalue.com

Fishing Supplies

Mud Puppy | 6732 Pine Grove Rd Glenfield (315) 376-3047
WalMart | 7155 State Rt 12S Lowville (315) 376-0121
Buckingham Hardware & Great Outdoors | 9801 Main Street Croghan (315) 346-6039 | buckinghamhardware.com
The Indian River Store | State Rt 12 Croghan (315) 346-1488

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Restaurants

Dining Restaurant Style

Alpine Restaurant | 3008 Route 26 Constableville (315) 397-8298
Boondocks Restaurant & Bar | 3950 Route 12 Lyons Falls (315) 348-4040 | www.BoondocksRandB.com
Candlelight Restaurant (winter only) 4173 West Rd Turin (315) 348-8202
Coach Light Inn | 5555 Partridgeville Rd Brantingham (315) 348-8960
Dorrity’s Restaurant | 4102 Center St Lyons Falls (315) 348-4438
Family Cupboard | 9680 Route 812 Croghan (315) 346-6544
Gary’s Restaurant | 5424 Shady Ave Lowville (315) 376-6612
Jeb’s | 5403 Shady Ave Lowville (315) 376-6029 | www.jebsrestaurant.com
Lloyd’s of Lowville | 7405 S State St Lowville (315) 376-7037
Mom’s Restaurant | Route 26 West Leyden (315) 942-6100
Michael’s Restaurant | 4457 East Rd Turin (315) 348-4327
Ridgeview Inn | 6912 Bardo Rd Lowville (315) 377-4057 | www.theridgeviewinn.com
River Valley Inn | 6670 Burdick Crossing Rd Lyons Falls (315) 348-4480
TJ’s BBQ | 5421 Shady Ave Lowville (315) 874-4034
Steak ‘n’ Brew | 4497 State Route 26 Turin (315) 348-6650
Myers Towpath Restaurant & Lodge | 4217 West Rd Turin (315) 348-8122 | towpathinn.com
The CENTRAL | 6032 Main St Glenfield (315) 377-3074
Trailside Restaurant & Bar | 5771 Partridgeville Rd Brantingham (315) 348-5030
Village Inn | 8208 Main St Harrisville (315) 543-9382

Fast Food

Arby’s Restaurant | 7416 S State St Lowville (315) 376-2145 | papaarbys.com
Dunkin’ Donuts | 7389 Utica Blvd Lowville (315) 376-4344
Get-it & Go | 5407 Parkway Drive Lowville (315) 376-4001
Jreck Subs | 7596 State St Lowville (315) 376-2285
McDonald’s Restaurant | 7401 Turin Rd Lowville (315) 376-7100
Subway | 7389 Utica Blvd Lowville (315) 376-8488

Taverns

Baker’s Grill | 7561 S State St Lowville (315) 376-7115
Brantingham Inn Motel | Brantingham Rd Brantingham (315) 348-8125
Doyle’s Pub | Route 177 Lowville (315) 376-3102
Flat Rock Inn | 4100 Flat Rock Rd Lowville (315) 376-2332 | www.flatrockinn.net
Highmarket Inn | 4441 Highmarket Rd Constableville (315) 397-2296
Hodkinson’s Grill | 509 Route 177 Copenhagen (315) 688-4789
Hook & Ladder | 6253 Salmon River Rd Lowville (315) 376-4299
Montague Inn | 6765 Sears Pond Road Lowville (315) 376-2078 | www.montague-inn.com
Pine Tree Inn | Brantingham Rd Brantingham | (315) 348-6040
The Pond | 7575 Snell Rd Lowville (315) 376-3226
Rusty P’s | 7619 Number 4 Rd Lowville (315) 376-8103
Sportsmen Club of Highmarket | 3663 Michigan Mills Rd. High Market (315) 397-2345
The Belfort Inn | 7705 Long Pond Rd Croghan (315) 346-1400
Trackside | Depot Street Harrisville (315) 543-9306
Tuggers Bar & Grill | 544 Route 177 Copenhagen (315) 688-2627 tuggersny.com
Whiskey Jacks | 5454 Plummer Rd Constableville (315) 397-8255
Wicked Ways Saloon | 9813 State Rt 812 Croghan (315) 301-0014

Pizzerias

Jacob’s Place | Main Street Copenhagen (315) 688-2733
Mr. Sub | 7506 S State Street Lowville (315) 376-8200
New York Pizzeria | 7580 South State St, Lowville (315) 376-4420
Marino’s Pizzeria | 3950 St Route 12 Lyons Falls (315) 348-5559
Pastamore Pizzeria | Main Street Harrisville (315) 543-2112
Vinny’s Pizzeria | 9786 Route 812 Croghan (315) 346-1444

Ice Cream

Good ‘Ol Wishy’s | Main Street Croghan (315) 346-6728
Lewis Lanes | 7828 State Rt 26 Lowville (315) 376-3611

Brewery

BarkEater Craft Brewery | 5411 Shady Ave Lowville (315) 408-2847 | barkeaterbrewing.com

Specialty Coffee

Cafe Z | 7594 S State Street Lowville (315) 376-6965

Stores & Shops

Brantingham General Store | 5508 Partridgeville Rd Brantingham (315) 348-4090
Greig Store | 5529 Greig Rd Greig (315) 348-8485
Indian River Store | 11014 Route 812 Croghan (315) 346-1488
Nice ‘n’ Easy | 7392 Utica Blvd Lowville (315) 377-3100
Nice ‘n’ Easy | 3033 Route 26 Constableville (315) 397-2802
Nice ‘n’ Easy | 9741 Route 812 Croghan (315) 346-6393
Nice ‘n’ Easy | 812 Route 3 Harrisville (315) 543-7618
Nice ‘n’ Easy | 6215 Number 4 Rd Lowville (315) 376-8113
Stewart’s Shop | 148 Main Street Copenhagen (315) 688-2026
Stewart’s Shop | 8224 Main Street Harrisville (315) 543-7319
Stewart’s Shop | 7491 S State Street Lowville (315) 376-4542
Stewart’s Shop | 1 Cherry Street Lyons Falls (315) 348-8913
The Stillwater Shop | 2590 Stillwater Road Lowville (315) 376-2110
Sportsman’s Club | The Great Lot Sportsman’s Club | 4277 Osceola Rd West Leyden (315) 378-7592

Lodging - Bed & Breakfasts

IMG_8999.JPGAll Things Beautiful B & B | 6910 George Street Croghan (315) 346-6915
Victorian home is being lovingly restored, with four guest bedrooms.

Backwoods Retreat B & B | 241 Pinner Rd Harrisville (315) 543-1035
Come and enjoy the peaceful, serene atmosphere of a country Bed & Breakfast

Cozy Country Cabin Rental | Seven by Nine Rd Copenhagen (315) 408-2076
Furnished cabin with an 8 person bunk room, full bathroom facilities, and full kitchen facilities.

Farney’s B & B | 9334 Farney Rd Lowville (315) 346-1482 | www.farneysbnb.com
Located in a quiet country setting, minutes from the Tug Hill Trail System. One bedroom, clean and comfortable with a hearty breakfast.

Freihof Lodge | 6153 West Main Street Turin (315) 348-8610 | Innkeeper: Ann Frei
”Home away from home” located at the base of the Tug Hill Plateau. Direct access to the snowmobile and ATV trails, with a large parking area.

Golden Shamrock B & B | 6205 Blue St Glenfield (315) 376-6689 | www.thegoldenshamrock.com | Innkeepers: Doug & Pat Dietrich
Take advantage of the “at home” setting and gracious hosts at this conveniently located B&B. Featuring four rooms with accommodations of up to nine people and a full breakfast varying daily.

Highmarket Blue Silos B & B | 4883 Highmarket Rd Constable (315) 397-2777 | bluesilosbb.intuitwebsites.com
Located in a farmhouse with three available rooms. On the Tug Hill Plateau with direct access to snowmobile and ATV trails.

Inn The Boondocks B & B | 6458 Liberty Road Lowville (315) 532-5183
Clean, cozy and tastefully decorated. Located in the Tug Hill Plateau woodlands, Town of Montague, connected to the ATV & Snowmobile trails.

Kilbourn House B & B | 8292 State Rte 3 Harrisville (315) 543-2008 | Innkeeper: Wendy Kilbourn
On the banks of the beautiful Oswegatchie River. Three bedrooms and complimentary continental breakfast.

Limberlost B & B | 4067 Page Rd Constableville (315) 397-2790 | Innkeeper: Jeanne Wooding
The Limberlost offers accommodations for up to eight people - four in the open loft and four in the living room in front of the fireplace. A full breakfast is included, featuring homemade baked goods. Located on the snowmobile and ATV trails.

Old Belfort Schoolhouse | 9541 Belfort Rd Croghan (315) 313-5533
Historic school house offers 3 relaxing bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, a full kitchen and many guest amenities.

Opossum Hollow B & B | 3468 Kelpytown Rd Port Leyden (315) 348-8205 | opossumhollowbb.com | Innkeeper: Helen McHale
This small B&B welcomes you with a homey feel in a quiet setting.

The Roz B & B | 5066 Lee Rd Turin (315) 348-6621 | www.theroz.com | Innkeepers: Elaine & Gary Rosiczkowski
Nestled in a cozy, country setting, the B&B features two rooms, a family room, outdoor hot tub, and large porch. Located directly on snowmobile and ATV trails with covered parking for your machines.

ZehrCroft B & B | 5490 River St Lowville (315) 376-7853 | Innkeepers: Joe & Melinda Zehr
This cozy B&B is located on a quiet street in the village of Lowville.

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Lodging - Cabins & Cottages

Abbey Lane | 7602 Tractor Rd Lowville (315) 771-8884 | horsecampsatottercreek.com
Two-bedroom cabin located on the secluded northern section of the Otter Creek Horse Trails. This private cabin has all the comforts of home.

Apple Hill Farm | Tug Hill Plateau West Turin (201) 337-6677
This newly renovated house is located on the Tug Hill Plateau and is a snowmobiler’s delight. Features six bedrooms, two full baths, living room, dining room, kitchen, and oil heat, with a Franklin stove in the living room.

Aspen Knoll Cabins | 3950 Rector Rd Lowville (315) 376-6590 | www.aspenknollcabins.com
These cabins are the perfect year round accommodations for the outdoor enthusiast, as well as the traveling family. Fully furnished one-bedroom, two-bedroom or two-bedroom deluxe cabins are available for short or long-term rental.

Beaver Creek Lodge | 1531 County Route 194 Copenhagen (732) 367-2169 | www.beavercreekny.com
A restored farmhouse on 400 acres, Beaver Creek Lodge is a year-round rental that offers seven bedrooms, living room, dining room, full kitchen and two baths, making it ideal for large families, or groups.

Beaver Point Lodge | 8675 Soft Maple Estates Rd Croghan (585) 377-7913 | www.beaverpointlodge.com
Old Adirondack charm is found throughout the spectacular Beaver Point Lodge. Located on a very private setting on Soft Maple Lake, and situated on a point surrounded by water, Beaver Point Lodge is the ideal getaway for family and friends.

The Bunkhouse | 7602 Tractor Rd Lowville (315) 771-8884 | horsecampsatottercreek.com
The Bunkhouse is a modern cabin located on a private road on the secluded northern end of the Otter Creek Horse Trail System. All amenities included. You’ll never want to camp out again!

Camp Otterride | 7636 Hiawatha Lake Rd Glenfield (585) 721-3133 | horsecampsatottercreek.com
This exclusive private Adirondack residence is situated directly on the trail system, off the Hiawatha Trail of New York’s acclaimed Otter Creek Horse Trails, a 10-minute trot south of the primary Assembly Area.

Camp Roc-a-Hoo | 7636 Hiawatha Lake Rd Glenfield (585) 721-3133 | horsecampsatottercreek.com
Situated in the northern portion of the Otter Creek Horse Trail System, this rustic retreat features modern maple kitchen with dinette open to living room with corner stone fireplace, master suite, modern bath with laundry facilities, plus a spacious wraparound covered porch overlooking pines.

Camp Vinette | 8805 Number Four Rd Lowville (315) 698-2547 | www.campvinette.com
Two camps located in the southwestern part of the Adirondack Park are available year round to enjoy all the activities the area has to offer. The rustic cabins have electricity, drinking water, a wood burning stove and an outhouse.

Forest Pond Cottage | 8994 Number Four Rd Lowville (315) 376-4433 | www.forestpondcottage.com
The cottage (also a vacation rental) is situated on the edge of a seven-acre beaver pond and surrounded by 115 acres of hardwood forest. Enjoy the beauty of the Adirondacks year round.

The King’s Pines | 8611 Adams Hill Road, Croghan (716)-622-8768 | www.kingspinescabins.com
These cabins are privately situated on 43 acres of pine woods with “back to nature” hot rainwater showers and solar electricity and canoes available to use for nearby lakes. Come and enjoy the quiet year-round.

TK’s Camp Tour Da Hill | 5191 Old State Rt. 12 Turin (609) 352-0008
This is the perfect retreat for those who love the outdoors. The cabin accommodates up to 8 people and has immediate access to the snowmobile and fourwheeler trails at the rear of the property.

Long Point Cottages | Brantingham Lake, Brantingham (607) 432-4258
On a 7-acre peninsula at Brantingham, consisting of five lake-front furnished cottages with bath, hotwater, oil heat, screened porches opening directly on the lake, boating, fishing, sandy beaches, and a children’s protected shallow-water area.

Otter Creek Lodge | Sand Pond Rd-Hitchings Pond Glenfield (585) 377-7913 | www.ottercreeklodge.com
Discover the beauty and seclusion of the unique Otter Creek Lodge. The lodge, built in 1990 on over 100 acres, overlooks a small private lake. Situated in a tall pine forest, Otter Creek Lodge is crafted in the tradition of the great camps of the Adirondacks. Featuring 12 bedrooms and 10 baths, this lodge will comfortably sleep 24.

Tug Hill Sports Lodge | 1539 Pinckney Rd Copenhagen (570) 336-7429 | www.tughillsportslodge.com
This five-bedroom lodge sits on 500+ private acres within the Tug Hill Plateau. Direct access to Trail C5 within the NYS snowmobile trail system.

Twin Cottages | Brantingham Lake Brantingham (315) 633-2344 | www.brantingham.com
Seasonal rentals available on Lake Brantingham. Best to book early because they go fast.

Winterridge Lodge | 7089 McLane Rd Lowville (315) 363-5770 | www.winteridgefarm.com
Located on the Tug Hill, this family farmhouse provides full kitchen facilities, satellite TV, and beds and mattresses. Please provide your own bedding.Campgrounds

Cold Brook Campsites, Inc | 7301 Moose River Rd Port Leyden (315) 348-6339
This campground offers over 300 acres of woods in the Adirondack foothills to explore. Activities include fishing in a well-stocked pond, swimming, and horseshoes.

Flat Rock Campgrounds | Flat Rock Rd Lowville (315) 376-2332 | www.flatrockinn.com
Open year round, this 125-site campground offers ATVing or snowmobiling right from your campsite. Water and electric hookups are available.

Happy Hollow Campground | 4531 State Route 410 Lowville (315) 376-4345 | www.happyhollowcg.com

Located in rich dairy farming country on the fringe of the Adirondack Mountains, this full service campground has 175 sites on 90 acres of private property. There are over 60 acres of nature trails, a tennis court, horseshoes, and a swimming pond.

Otter Creek Campground | Chases Lake Rd Glenfield (315) 376-3521
Ride on horseback over the great trails at Otter Creek. But enjoy a few people comforts too, like water and electric sites or a cabin rental, while your horse is in a spacious corral or box stall. Also available for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling season.

Tuggers Grill, Bar & Campgrounds | 544 State Route 177 Copenhagen (315) 688-2627 | www.tuggersny.com
This year-round campground has cabins, tent sites, and RV sites. Cabins are heated and fully furnished and can accommodate three to four people. Water and electric sites are available for tents and RVs.

Whetstone Gulf State Park | West Rd Lowville (315) 376-6630
Whetstone Gulf State Park is built in and around a three-mile-long gorge cut into the eastern edge of the Tug Hill Plateau. The park has 56 wooded campsites some of which are electric, a scenic picnic area along Whetstone Creek, a man-made swimming area, and trails, one of which circles the gorge.

Whittaker Park | Whittaker Rd Lowville (315) 376-7602
Whittaker Park takes advantage of the beautiful natural features available, providing an idyllic setting for camping and family picnics.

Adirondack 1000 Islands Camping | 6081 NYS Route 3 Natural Bridge (315) 644-4098
This multi-unit campground offers a heated pool, hiking, game room, a unique gift shop, fun cycle rentals, and a playground.

Soft Maple Campsites | Soft Maple Road Croghan (315) 346-1756
This campground is located on the Beaver River canoe route. RV and tent sites are available with rest rooms and one shower.

Ziggy’s Enterprises | S Bonaparte Rd Harrisville (315) 543-9391
Open campsites along Lake Bonaparte, offer a boat launch, rentals, tables, and hot showers.

Hotels, Motels & Inns

The Edge Hotel | 3952 State Route 12 Lyons Falls (315) 348-4211 | www.theedgehotel.com
Whether you are looking for an exciting weekend with the family or just a simple getaway for you and that special someone, this one of a kind retreat offers many unique characteristics that are sure to provide you with an experience unlike anything you have ever encountered. Sixty-five rooms available with many packages.

Flat Rock Inn | Flat Rock Rd Lowville (315) 376-2332 | www.flatrockinn.com
Stay at the Flat Rock Inn in cozy rooms and you can ride your snowmobile or ATV right from your lodgings. Sled rentals are available. Casual dining and tavern available on location.

Myers Towpath Restaurant & Lodge | 4217 West Rd Turin (315) 348-8122 | www.towpathinn.com
Located on the picturesque Tug Hill Plateau with a relaxed atmosphere in a country setting, this 11-room inn offers direct access to ATV and snowmobile trails, with ample space for parking trucks and trailers. You can ski to our back door from Snow Ridge.

Le-Hav Motel | 7717 State Route 12 Lowville (315) 376-2721
Friendly, affordable accommodations with wireless Internet. Located minutes from Lowville at the base of Tug Hill. Direct access to snowmobile trail C5J.

Montague Inn | 6765 Sears Pond Rd Lowville (315) 376-2078 | www.montague-inn.com
The newly constructed 14-unit hotel is located directly across the road from the restaurant. Each of the units are outfitted with two double beds to accommodate up to four people per room.

Old Church Inn | 5560 State Route 26 Turin (315) 376-8423 | www.oldchurchinn.com
The inn contains five bedrooms, two bathrooms, a loft, a great room with a big screen TV and 17’ cathedral ceilings made of the original tin, a stained glass window, dining room, kitchen, laundry room, and ample parking with immediate access to the snowmobile and ATV trails.

Ridge View Lodge | 7491 State Route 12 Lowville (315) 376-2252 | www.ridge-view.com
Enjoy a comfortable, clean, pleasant stay just outside of Lowville on the edge of the Tug Hill. All rooms include wireless Internet and a continental breakfast. Access to two conference rooms and a game room. Sled rentals available.

West Wind Motel & Townhouses | 4725 State Route 26 Turin (315) 348-6856 | www.westwindmotelturinny.com
The motel was a Carriage House on the original farm. It has been converted to six motel units. The original old farmhouse has been completely redone, making four townhouses, each almost identical.

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Regional Attractions

While visiting the Adirondacks Tug Hill area, a short drive can take you to many other great regional locations!

To the east is Old Forge, home of the water park, Enchanted Forest Water Safari, Bald Mountain, and hundreds of miles of permitted snowmobiling trails.

The Thousand Islands region, a short drive to the north, will invite you into a romantic atmosphere with wineries, castles, and boat tours along Lake Ontario.

To the west is Watertown, an urban area filled with retail shops and dining locations, a young nightlife and the Thompson Park Zoo.

For more information please visit these regional websites:
www.visit1000islands.com
www.oldforgeny.com
www.visitwatertown.com

Rock Climbing | Eagle Canyon, along the Beaver River
The acquisition (by NYSDEC) of lands at Eagle Canyon (the Eagle development) is now available for rock climbing.
Lat, Long: 43.9051, -75.1959

“This rugged rock cliff is located along the Beaver River just downstream from Beaver Lake. The rock is very brittle, but has unusual hidden holds that make the faces, aretes, and roofs very climbable. The natural crack lines tend to be chossy and, due to the nature of the brittle rock, a bit suspect.” This cliff is in a pleasant, remote area with open woods and next to great swimming holes and rapids.

“Class Five, one of the largest climbable roofs in the Adirondacks that sits above a noisy rapid, Promiscuous Girl, a stunning arete, and El Supremo, a tricky, super-exposed face.”

From Lowville - follow Number Four Road, about 1/2 mile east of the intersection with Stillwater Road, turn left onto Soft Maple Road. Go about 2.5 miles, then turn right onto another dirt road signed “Beaver River Canoe Route”. Drive 1/2 mile and park on the left. Cross the road, walk down the stairs under the penstock, then follow a trail to the cliff. Wade or swim across (in high water) to the cliff.

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Snowmobiling
New York State Rules and Regulations

Each snowmobile operated in New York State must be properly registered, unless it is used only on its owners’ property. If you are NOT a New York State Resident and your snowmobile is properly registered in another state, province or country, your snowmobile must still be registered in New York State and the NY DMV yearly validation sticker and out of state registration numbers must be displayed while operating in New York State. If the snowmobile is not registered in any state, province or country, you must register it in New York State and properly display the NY registration numbers and DMV yearly validation sticker. In cooperation with the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the Department of Motor Vehicles has been designated to provide all NY state snowmobile registrations. They are available through all DMV Offices and are valid for one year. ALL REGISTRATIONS EXPIRE ON AUGUST 31ST EACH YEAR. Registration costs $100.00 per sled; $45.00 per sled if you join a NYSSA Club.

Online DMV Registration

NY Resident Registration Renewal: https://transact.dmv.ny.gov/RegistrationRenew

Out of State: https://transact.dmv.ny.gov/snowmobileoutofstate

Club Membership – The New York State Snowmobile Association Online System and Vouchers

  • To join a NYSSA Club, go to http://membership.nysnowmobiler.com. You can create an account, select any club, pay online, and print your voucher for registration discount.
  • Please remember to make a copy of your voucher prior to mailing or bringing it to the DMV with your registration.
  • One voucher may be used to register all of the snowmobiles registered in one person’s name. In other words – if you have four sleds, and they are all registered to you, you only need one voucher.
  • A family membership includes two spouses or partners and any children, 17 and under, who intend to register a snowmobile in their names. Only one voucher is issued. It will have everyone’s name on the voucher. The voucher can be reprinted as many times as needed to accommodate each person named on the voucher to register a snowmobile at a discounted rate of $45. Example: If “Tom Smith” and his girl “Jane Doe” and their son “James Smith” join as a family they receive one voucher with all three names on it. If they have three sleds registered, one to each person, they just copy the voucher, or mail all three in the same envelope.
  • NYSSA dues are $5. NYS Snowmobile Club dues are generally @25.00/yr. which includes membership in NYSSA. NYSSA members receive accidental death and dismemberment coverage AT NO CHARGE along with other benefits such as the bi-annual NY Snowmobiler magazine.
  • A person joining a club as an individual membership receives a voucher in their name only, the NYSSA membership is included.

Be aware 2-Tier Registration Fee:

The portion of your $100.00 registration fee that is deposited in the snowmobile trail development and maintenance fund is $90.00 if you are not a member of an organized NYS Snowmobile Club that is a member of NYSSA. If you are currently a member or join a qualifying club prior to renewing your registration, the trail portion of your $45.00 registration fee will be $35.00.

If you are a member of a NYSSA snowmobile club, or become a member of NYSSA snowmobile club prior to renewal, you will be eligible to pay a reduced registration fee of $45.00 ($10.00 registration fee + $35.00 trail fee) if you:

  1. Provide NYSSA voucher. This is your proof of membership in a NYSSA Club.
  2. Certify your enrollment by signing the “Snowmobile Club Member Certification” statement on the back of the Snowmobile Registration Application (MV-82SN) or snowmobile registration renewal (MV-3SN).
  • Your signature will give DMV permission to verify your club membership with NYSSA.
  • If NYSSA is not able to confirm your membership, your snowmobile registration will be subject to suspension pending a hearing.

If you have questions, please call the NYSSA at 1-888-624-3489 x 103 or email membership@nysnowmobiler.com

Registration Numbers and Decals

Registration numbers are permanently assigned to a snowmobile when it is registered for the first time. These registration numbers, consisting of no more than six numbers and two capital letters, remain with the machine until it is destroyed or permanently removed from the state. Display them one each side of the snowmobile’s cowling. Registration sticker is to be placed on a vertical surface on the cowling. Stickers must be affixed permanently to both sides of the snowmobile in plain view to a person standing on the side of a trail.

All new snowmobiles purchased after August 31, 1995, will be issued a 3” by 6” NY registration sticker when it is registered. The new 3 x 6 sticker will already have your numbers printed on it. In the upper left hand corner you will put your validation sticker for each year. Once this sticker is applied, it can be removed. However, the word VOID will be displayed across it, making it invalid. There is a mandatory fine of $200 for an unregistered snowmobile. All other fines are determined at the discretion of the judge.

Youth Operator

Anyone who is at least eighteen (18) years old may operate a snowmobile in NY state without any other qualification except as defined by state and local laws regulating the operation. However, it is recommended that all operators complete a recognized snowmobile operation course of instruction.

Youth ages 14 through 17 years old may operate a snowmobile, on lands upon which snowmobiling is allowed, without adult or other supervision if they have completed a snowmobile safety training course recognized by the State of NY. If youth ages 14 through 17 years have not completed the training course, they may operate a snowmobile if accompanied by (within 500 feet of) a person who is at least 18 years of age.

Youth ages 10 through 13 may operate a snowmobile on land upon which snowmobiling is allowed, if they have completed a snowmobile safety training course recognized by the State of New York and are accompanied by (within 500 feet of) a person who is at least 18 years of age.

Children less than 10 years old or less than 14 without a safety certificate my operate a snowmobile only on lands owned or leased by their parents or guardian.

A list of safety courses is available at:
www.nysparks.com/recreation/snowmobiles/safety-courses.aspx

Insurance

The owner/operator of a snowmobile which is operated on the roadway or shoulder of a public street or highway or State Parks or land not owned or leased by the operator must have liability insurance coverage in the minimum amounts of $10,000 for injury or death to one person, $20,000 for injury or death to two or more person and $5,000 for damage to or for the destruction of property.

Neither the Department of Motor Vehicles nor the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation maintains snowmobile insurance records, therefore proof of insurance must be carried on the snowmobile itself when it is in operation. Such proof must be exhibited to any police officer or person sustaining injury or damage.

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Regional Specialties
look for these special Tug Hill regional delights!

Croghan Bologna - well spiced smoked bologna, great with sharp cheese and other Hors d’oeuvres

Maple Syrup - the sweet wonderful flavor great with pancakes, cream spread, in popcorn recipes, Maple Mini hard candies and wax-on-snow

Cheese Curd and Cheeses - a dairy delight, from the very young cheese curd to the aged cheese

Amish butter, local honey, jams and jellies

Upick Raspberries, Blueberries & Apple Orchards

Jerked Meats - a local specialty flavor

Wines - based on special cool weather grape varietals grown on Tug Hill

Get Our Adirondacks Tughill Cookbook at the Chamber for many great area Recipes!

Lewis County Trivia
A FEW FUN FACTS ...

The Black River flows 42 miles through Lewis County and only drops 6 inches to 12 feet in elevation over this 42 miles.

Tug Hill receives an average snow fall of over 200 inches (Heaviest snowfall in the eastern United States)

Lewis County Ranks #1 in NY State for Maple Syrup Production (Approximately 29,000 gallons)

One of the Largest Wind Farms East of the Mississippi. With a long standing focus on renewable energy, 410 megawatts of power per year is generated in this one county of the Adirondacks (enough to power 130,000 homes -- Lewis County has about 16,000 homes).

Worlds record holder for largest cheesecake at the Cream Cheese Festival.

Lewis County has one of the few water-driven sawmills that are still working in the USA.

One of the only kite skiing on snow event East of the Rockies.

Lewis County has as many cows as people. Lewis County farmers produce over 39 million gallons of milk, with about 95% being manufactured (in the county) into creamcheese and other dairy products for world wide distribution.

Lewis County offers 600 miles of groomed snowmobile trails.

The Black River Watershed contains approximately 500 lakes and ponds, about 1.2 million acres, about 4,000 miles of streams and rivers, and 19 sub-watersheds with 40% being owned by the NYSDEC. (lewiscountysoilandwater.com)

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The Adirondacks Tug Hill Visitor’s Guide