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.nysnowmobiler.com for information on snowmobile clubs, events, trails, rider-friendly inns, and insider tips.
NYS Snowmobile Trail System
For a safe and enjoyable snowmobiling experience, New York State Parks recommends: dressing for the conditions and wearing a snowmobile helmet; staying on the designated trails; avoiding lakes, rivers and ice that has moving water near or under it, as the ice in these areas may be thin and weak; not driving after consuming alcohol; and completing a snowmobile safety course. As a leader in snowmobile education, New York State offers an operator training course for snowmobilers to ensure the safety of riders and other trail users. A list of courses offered throughout the state is updated weekly during the snowmobile season and can be found on the State Parks website.
- 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 private land.
- 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.