Recreation in Johnstown, NY

By Jessica Mozo on March 5, 2012 at 6:47 pm EST
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You might say Fulton County is an outdoor lover’s paradise. The area boasts 44 sparkling lakes, including The Great Sacandaga Lake, and has been ranked as one of the best places in the nation for hunting and fishing by Outdoor Life magazine. Golf and snow sports are also all the rage here.

Snowmobiling and Skiing in Fulton County

When snow descends on Fulton County, residents don’t hide away in their homes. They break out their snowmobiles and hit the ground running on Fulton County’s 150 miles of well-maintained trails.

The Great Sacandaga Lake is also a hub of snowmobiling activity in winter, and local dealerships sell snowmobiles of nearly every major manufacturer. There’s even a Southern Adirondack Snowmobile Club, whose members help connect and maintain local trails.

Royal Mountain Ski Area is another winter hot spot, especially for skiing. The place can pump out 1,000 gallons of snow a minute and draws skiers of every skill level, from beginners to experts. In the warm-weather months, Royal Mountain doubles as a motocross venue, averaging nearly 500 motocross riders at every event they host.

Fishing and Hunting in Fulton County

The Adirondack Mountains’ abundant natural resources make Fulton County a sportsman’s wonderland, with some type of game in season practically year-round. Hunters can find deer, bears and turkeys, while fishermen can hook plenty of trout, bass, walleye and pike in local waters.

Ice fishing is popular too, and nowhere is the community’s love affair with the sport more apparent than at the Walleye Challenge, an ice-fishing competition that takes place the last weekend in January. The event draws 1,500 competitors who vie for $45,000 in prize money as well as giveaways such as four-wheelers and snowmobiles.

High Rollers Family Fun Center and the Rail Trail

Kids of all ages flock to High Rollers Family Fun Center in Amsterdam for roller-skating, go-karts, batting cages and other games. High Rollers has a 10,000-square-foot maple floor for roller-skating and top-notch sound and light systems.

For outdoor exercise, check out the Rail Trail, an 8-mile paved path from Johnstown to Gloversville. The trail was built upon the former Fonda Johnstown & Gloversville rail line in the mid-1990s, and it has become a favorite outdoor spot with walkers, joggers and bikers.

Fulton County Golf Courses

Fulton County is a hit with golfers, thanks to its seven excellent golf courses. Fox Run Golf Club in Johnstown offers great outdoor golf as well as an indoor simulator that can showcase 50 courses from around the world. Also in Johnstown, Hales Mills Country Club is known for fine dining at its clubhouse and has an 18-hole course.

Holland Meadows Golf Course in Gloversville is another 18-hole, par-59 course that incorporates four ponds and a stream on six of the holes. Other local golf destinations include Sacandaga Lake Golf Club, Kingsboro Golf Club, Nick Stoner Municipal Golf Course and Pine Brook Golf Club.

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