Recreation near Gloversville, NY

By Cary Estes on December 4, 2012 at 5:28 pm EST
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While the snow eventually melts every year, the outdoor fun never goes away in Fulton and Montgomery counties. Not with dozens of lakes, seven golf courses and miles of hiking and biking trails.

Walking and Cycling

No matter where you want to go in Fulton and Montgomery counties, there is probably a trail to take you there. The seven-mile-long Rail Trail in Fulton County follows the old FJ&G railroad bed from Gloversville to Johnstown and is open to hiking, jogging, biking and rollerblading. Part of the 524-mile Erie Canalway Trail cuts through Montgomery County, providing lovely water views along a paved and crushed-stone path. Cyclists can enjoy the 24-mile Northville-Fonda section of the Adirondack Trail, stretching from the Great Sacandaga reservoir to the Old Erie Canal on the Mohawk River.

Water Recreation

Fulton County is known as “The Land of 44 Lakes,” the largest being the Great Sacandaga Lake, which is 29 miles long and six miles wide. Other popular spots in the county for boating, swimming and fishing include Caroga Lake, Canada Lake, Peck’s Lake and Pine Lake.

In Montgomery County, most water recreation centers on the Erie Canalway and the Mohawk River. There are numerous public boat launches, as well as several marinas and yacht clubs. Area waterways also are popular for trout, bass, walleye and northern pike fishing.

Golf Courses

Golfers can hit the links at seven different courses that provide an enjoyable test for a variety of skill levels. The Fox Run Golf Club in Johnstown is a scenic 6,400-yard course in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. Fox Run also has two full-swing indoor golf simulators that enable golfers to enjoy the game during the winter. Golfers can use their own clubs and hit real balls while enjoying simulated versions of 52 courses, including such historic venues as Pebble Beach and St. Andrews.

Other golf offerings in the region include Holland Meadows Golf Course and Kingsboro Golf Club in Gloversville, Nick Stoner Municipal Golf Course in Caroga Lake, Sacandaga Golf Club in Northville, the Robert Trent Jones-designed Amsterdam Municipal Golf Course, and Rolling Hills County Club in Fort Johnson, a former private club that is now open to the public.

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