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About Old Forge

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About Old Forge, New York

Although there were probably Native American tribes in the area around Old Forge, its modern history began with the Brown family of Rhode Island in 1798.

Charles Frederick Herreshoff, the son-in-law of John Brown, moved to Old Forge with his 300 merino sheep, and tried to establish an iron mine in 1811. His ventures weren't successful, but other families ensured that the area still prospered.

The Herreshoff manor was quickly turned into a hotel by the Brown family—this was the beginning of the tourist industry in Old Forge.

When you visit, you’ll likely want to try some local dishes. Favourites include lots of delicious chicken, steaks, seafood and salads, so you’re bound to find dishes that are to your liking. There are plenty of restaurants to visit—just remember to leave a tip!

What to do in Old Forge, New York

Whenever you decide to take a trip to Old Forge, there will be plenty of things to do! In the winter, it's ideal for skiing—so rent some boots and skis and hit the slopes!

Old Forge, New York is ideal if you want to explore the Adirondack Mountains, as it acts as base camp for all climbers. Go on the Enchanted Forest/Water Safari or take a trip on a train that recreates a train robbery carried out by the infamous Loomis gang on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad Scenic Railroad.

Macauley Mountain is the place to go for snowmobiling, and even when the snow has gone you can hike the cross-country trails and marvel at the wonders of nature.

If you want to find out about the history of the Adirondacks, visit the Adirondack Museum where you can see for yourself how people lived in the area. There's a recreated log hotel and schoolhouse, as well as various workshops. You can learn about logging, mining and the fine arts, so there is something to interest everyone.

Go to the Great Camp Sagamore and take a tour, or stay there and take part in one of the residential programs on offer.

Top travel tips for Old Forge

For great views and a peaceful experience, try an Old Forge lake cruise or boat tours of the Stillwater Reservoir. 

In winter, a snow mobile is a great way of negotiating the mountains. Ski on Macauley Mountain or, when the snow has gone, ride the Adirondack Scenic Railroad Scenic Railroad.

It's best to go to the Adirondacks by car, but there are buses too. There's a gas station in downtown Old Forge, so you don't need to worry about running out.

You might see bears in the area around Old Forge, but view them from a safe distance. The bears sometimes go looking for food in tourist areas when it is scarce in their natural habitat.

Whenever you go to Old Forge, New York state, you will find plenty to do, from visiting the historic attractions in the area to skiing and hiking. Why not start planning your trip today, and find the best accommodation for your needs? Check out the incredible rental homes on offer here on FlipKey.