Want the recipe for one of the most exhilarating winter sports in New York State? Take plenty of snow, throw in an abundance of trails (more than 10,000 miles!) and mix in picture perfect vistas. Add an almost unlimited number of places to explore and you’ve got the ingredients for a great snowmobile adventure!
Across New York, from the legendary Catskill Mountains to the shores of Great Lake Erie, you’ll find wide-open trails, cool events and warm welcomes. Winter festivals and snowmobile races add to the fun.
The Adirondacks region boasts more than 800 miles of groomed trails throughout the vast and scenic Adirondack Park. In Old Forge, known as the Snowmobile Capital of the East for over 50 years, the snowmobile is king. Each winter, designated village streets become part of the trails (check for signs).
To the west, wild forested routes on the vast Tug Hill Plateau are covered with 200 to 300 inches of lake-effect snow every year. With over 500 miles of groomed trails, there’s plenty of room for adventure.
You’ll also find trails encircling lakes and meandering around gorges in the Finger Lakes; running south of Buffalo and into the heart of the state; and amid the tall timbers of Allegany State Park in the Chautauqua-Allegheny region.
You might want to consider joining a snowmobile club. For both new and experienced riders, clubs are a great way to enjoy the sport with fellow enthusiasts. There are more than 230 snowmobile clubs throughout the state.
Be sure to plan your adventure before heading out. Check out the New York State Snowmobile Association at www.nyssnowassoc.org for information on snowmobile clubs, events, trails, rider-friendly inns, and insider tips.
More Information: NYS Parks, nysparks.com NYS Snowmobile Trail System, www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7718.html
- Never drink and drive.
- Complete a recognized snowmobile safety course.
- Always wear appropriate attire and a helmet.
- Make sure to check your brakes, fuel and belt drive before going out.
- Avoid frozen or seemingly frozen waterways.
- Don’t speed.
- Bring along a survival kit.
- Respect people’s property; always
get permission before riding on
- Obey trespassing signs and stay on designated trails.
- Check with local officials before using public land.
- Share the trails and drive carefully when non-snowmobilers are out.
- Don’t litter.
SNOWMOBILE GEAR, TOURS & EQUIPMENT RENTALS
Here are some places to get you started. For more, go to iloveny.com or nyssnowassoc.org.
Adirondack Mountain Sports
Indian Lake (rentals)
Flat Rock Inn
Lake Placid Snowmobiling Inc.
Lake Placid (tours)
Old Forge Sports Tours
Old Forge (rentals and tours)
Snow Tours Inc.
Lake Placid (tours)
Village Rentals and Sales
Speculator (rentals and tours)
Trailside Lodge at Letchworth State Park