The Town of Webb is the largest township of New York State, in the heart of the Central Adirondacks and encompasses six North Country hamlets - Beaver River, Big Moose, Eagle Bay, Old Forge, Stillwater and Thendara. The Town of Webb surrounds the first four lakes of the Fulton Chain of Lakes (explored by Robert Fulton as a possible canal route, and named in his honor), as well as Big Moose Lake and Stillwater Reservoir, and a multitude of smaller lakes and ponds. During the early development of the Adirondacks, Old Forge was, and remains so today, the main western entry point into the Adirondacks, and offers vacationers a cornucopia of exciting activities for every age and interest.
During the summer, Old Forge and its sister hamlets offer all the water sport opportunities you could wish for – swimming, power boating and waterskiing, sailing, canoeing or kayaking, and fishing for Lake, Brook, Brown or Rainbow Trout, Tiger Muskie, Small and Large-Mouth Bass, landlocked Salmon and various Panfish.
Campers can hook up their RV’s or pitch their tents at the Old Forge Camping Resort, Singing Waters Campground or Nicks Lake State Campsite. Or, for a true Adirondack wilderness camping experience, reserve a lean-to site on Alger Island, accessible only by water.
Hikers will enjoy numerous trails, including the ever popular and easy 40-minute trek to the top of Rondaxe Mountain (aka Bald Mountain), with its firetower and panoramic views of the Fulton Chain. Or take the scenic chairlift ride up McCauley Mountain – a spectacular vantage point to take in the wondrous fall foliage of the Central Adirondacks.
In the winter, McCauley Mountain’s chairlift services 21 downhill skiing trails and glades, and offers miles of groomed cross-country trails. Snowshoeing is also a wonderful way to explore the snow covered landscape.
Old Forge, known as the “Snowmobile Capital of the East,” offers hundreds of miles of well maintained and groomed snowmobile trails, attracting snowmobilers from all over the country. Recently the snowmobile trails have been opened in the summer to hikers and mountain bikers, allowing visitors an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Adirondacks while testing their skills on unique and diverse terrain.
When you’re not exploring the Adirondack wilderness, Old Forge will entice and entertain you with a multitude of events, attractions and activities. You’ll find thrills and fun at the Enchanted Forest/Water Safari, with 31 heated water slides and rides. Enjoy mountain and water panoramas on Old Forge Lake Cruises, or you can board the Adirondack Scenic Railroad at Thendara Station and enjoy pristine woodland views rolling by your window and cross the old trestle bridge over the Moose River. You can get into the swing of things with 18 of the most picturesque holes of golf at the Thendara Golf Course. Meanwhile View, the Arts Center in Old Forge, continues a 50-year tradition of arts in the Adirondacks, offering numerous exhibits, including the nationally recognized Annual Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors. Try visiting Old Forge's "History Corner" , the Goodsell Museum, "where the Town of Webb's history lives" offering free admsission year round. And if that’s not enough, there always seems to be a community-sponsored event going... Antique Wooden Boat Show, Polkafest or Snodeo, to name a few.
The Town of Webb has a wide variety of restaurant options – from family to fine dining, quality accommodations – from deluxe inns and hotels to affordable motor inns and cottages. Main Street (Route 28) is a shopper’s delight, offering a multitude of specialty shops, including the ever-popular Old Forge Hardware Store.
Eagle Bay, just nine miles north of Old Forge on Route 28, has long been popular with visitors, offering camp and cottage rentals along the shores of Fourth Lake, as well as a grocery store for supplies, a post office to mail those postcards home and several tempting restaurants.
In addition to numerous fine inns and hotels, Big Moose offers visitors narrated boat tours on Big Moose Lake, the site of “An American Tragedy,” Theodore Dreiser’s true tale of murder in the Adirondacks, and the Big Moose Community Chapel, an excellent example of Covey architecture, a popular early Adirondack style.
The remoteness of the small hamlet of Stillwater, situated on Stillwater Reservoir and boasting the largest population of Loons in the area, is an intriguing destination for campers, canoers and kayakers.
And then there’s Beaver River, a tiny community completely isolated by thousands of acres of Adirondack Park woodlands. Take the Norridgewock Riverboat to visit this wilderness oasis. While you’re there, you can dine and stay at The Norridgewock Hotel & Restaurant, so remote it generates its own electricity.
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