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NY Route 28: Central Adirondack Trail
The East-West Site of NYRoutes.com from February, 2003
From the Adirondack Northway, I-87 to the New York State Thruway, I-90
|McCauley Mountain Ski Center||Canoeing on the Middle Branch of Moose River from the NY 28 Bridge|
The twin hamlets of Old Forge & Thendara lie alongside the Middle Branch of the Moose River, on the west end of the Fulton Lake Chain, in northern Herkimer County. They are both in the Town of Webb. Old Forge is the more settled eastern part of the strip to the Middle Branch of the Moose River and Thendara is the western part, the 40 mph zone, where the railroad station is. For the Adirondacks, they are large resort towns, but are small compared to the more southern parts of the state in the Catskills. The Town of Webb maintains 100 of miles of groomed snowmobile trails but charges $80/season ($65 before November 15th) or $45 for a week, for trail use. The snow is excellent here and it is a mecca for the sledders. The Town of Webb also operates a ski area at McCauley Mountain ( vertical drop: 633', 1 double chair, 2 tows, 1 T-bar ). In the summer, it is very family resort like, with the Enchanted Forest Water Safari waterslide park, 5 screen movie theater, numerous lakeside inns, good public library and other activities for all tastes and budgets. There's the DEC campground at Nick's Lake too, near McCauley Mountain. Plus, as in most places, a good free public beach is there for you to cool off. It's full time population is less than 1800 folks, but it grows to 20 to 30,000 during the summer peak. This is also a year round, locally owned movie theater with four screens, a movie/film museum and great prices, it's a must! For all the crowds, it is still remote enough for the purists; most of the development is concentrated on the lakes and NY 28. The surrounding country side is typical remote Adirondack wilderness. If you like deer, the town is literally over-run with them, you can see them everywhere, even in the business and residential neighborhoods.
From April to November, the Adirondack Railroad operates excursion scenic train rides from Utica Union Station to Thendara. The tickets are reasonably priced and the ride through the remote wilderness is priceless. The train will even make flag stops to any remote wilderness clearing for some real backwoods camping, fishing or hunting. The service is pretty good in season and it offers the car-less traveler a great way to explore the 'Daks, since Utica is served regularly by Amtrak mainline trains. Unfortunately, as of now, there is no regular service from Thendara north-east to Tupper - Saranac - Lake Placid (Tri-Lakes) region as the line goes through boggy, swampy countryside. In the winter of course, the RR serves as the main snowmobile trail through the 'Daks, taking you all the way to Lake Placid via Tupper and Saranac Lakes.
|Old Forge: 13420, Thendara: 13472 Zip||315 Area Code|