Ride Like a Local: Snowmobile trails of Old Forge

Feb 20 2019

Old Forge has year-round experiences that accommodate the thrill seeker in all of us! With seemingly endless snow activities, Old Forge offers nearly 500 miles of trails that are expertly maintained and groomed regularly, so there’s no need to worry about a fallen tree on these trails. Now with trails of that manner comes a fantastic group of snowmobile connoisseurs, who are more than happy to share their experience, tips, and tricks to newcomers looking to ride the Old Forge Trails.

When asking a frequent rider to provide valuable insight of the Old Forge trails, they all say you need to go to the Old Forge website to find out about permits to ride the trails and look into the snowmobile clubs. Next, they all reference a website that keeps riders constantly updated with trail conditions and how the weather may impact the riders, called ilsnow.com. When asking seasoned riders what they always make sure to pack they recommend a collapsible shovel and saw, as well as a tow rope. In Old Forge, everyone is welcomed as close friends, making the Old Forge snowmobile trails very safe and family-friendly.

When Snowmobiling on the trails in Old Forge you must obtain a permit, this ensures that all the trails get groomed making sure riders are as safe as possible. You may buy permits online; the price is currently $80. Weekly permits can also be purchased during the snowmobile season for $45 each and are good for seven days from the date of purchase. The 7-day permits must be purchased in person on the first day of use. You can buy your permit online or at local establishments like Water’s Edge Inn and Old Forge Camping Resort, see the front desk while staying at either location.

Old Forge allows its visitors to build lifelong friendships with many events. One such festival is the Annual SnoFest! This year, it will take place on March 8th and 9th from 9 am to 6 pm. This is perfect for rides to hit the trails in Old Forge just one last time before putting their sleds away for the season. There will be 2020 sled previews by Ski-Doo, Yamaha, Polaris, and Arctic Cat. The towns of Webb and Inlet will hold a promotion where you can purchase your next season’s snowmobile trail permits (2019 – 2020) for a pre-season sale price of $65 and ride the rest of the 2019 season for free. This promotion is only available if purchased in person, so come up for SnoFest March 8th and 9th!

Old Forge has many lodging accommodations, ranging from cabins to hotels. Old Forge Camping Resort is proud to partner with the New York State Snowmobile Association by offering a 10% (cottages) or 20% (cabins) discount to members staying mid-week (Sunday-Thursday). Plus, there are great Winter Stay ‘N Play specials with 50% discounts and free nights, you can’t go wrong. Need a warm hotel room? Head over to Water’s Edge Inn! They have several discounts and conveniences for snowmobilers.

There is a variety of local restaurants that are sure to satisfy even the pickiest eaters. Check out the local favorites such as Slickers Adirondack Tavern, Screaman Eagle, Tony Harper’s Pizza & Clam Shack or Front Door Diner/Backdoor Bar. Your food and drink cravings will be satisfied! Remember to snowmobile responsibly.

Old Forge is equipped to help you be prepared for the elements and the element of surprise. All the locals know who to go to when there’s trouble with their sled – Big Moose Yamaha is the go-to parts and repair shop! With an annual snowfall of 178,” Old Forge will exceed your expectations! With 500 miles of groomed trails at your disposal and local activities, amazing lodging experiences, and outstanding restaurants, Old Forge is the place to make life-long memories.