Year-Round Outdoor Activities in Johnstown
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Fulton’s serene natural environment gets the entire community active outdoors. Whether it is skiing, fishing, snowmobiling, or hiking, Fulton County has year-round activities for the outdoor enthusiast.
Spring, Summer and Early Fall
Fulton County gives golfers variety as it boasts seven outstanding courses including Fox Run Golf Club in Johnstown, Holland Meadows Golf Course in Gloversville, Kingsboro Golf Club in Gloversville, Nick Stoner Municipal Golf Course in Caroga Lake, Pine Brook Golf Club in Gloversville, and Sacandaga Golf Club in Northville.
For health-conscious recreationalists, Fulton’s eight-mile-long Rail Trail offers a challenging and scenic paved path from Johnstown to Gloversville. Built on the former Fonda Johnstown & Gloversville rail line, this trail gives walkers, joggers and bicyclists a long, peaceful retreat in Fulton County's lush scenery.
Fans of extreme sports flock to Royal Mountain to enjoy supercross, motocross and hill climbing. Royal Mountain’s supercross and hill climbing events are open to numerous classes of vehicles, and its motocross track is hand-raked after every race to ensure a smooth terrain for the best racing possible.
When it comes to fun in the snow, skiing is king. Fulton County boasts two premier skiing locations. The Royal Mountain Ski Area is nestled in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. Its numerous ski lifts can transport more than 3,000 people each day, and its snow-making capabilities enable Royal Mountain to cover 95 percent of the terrain with fresh powder.
The Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center was founded in 1978, and it is meticulously maintained by owner and former U.S. Olympic skier Olavi Hirvonen and his wife, Ann. Lapland Lake enjoys highly reliable snowfalls and lengthy winter seasons. It offers 50 kilometers of lighted trails, including 4 kilometers of easy and intermediate trails. Lapland Lake also provides sledding, tubing and ice-skating venues as well as equipment rentals.
Fulton County is hooked on ice fishing. In the last weekend of January, the county hosts the annual Walleye Challenge ice fishing competition. This event brings more than 1,500 competitors and thousands of spectators to the area in support of this extreme fishing method. In addition to pride and a natural spirit of competition, competitors are driven by prizes including four-wheelers, snowmobiles and thousands of dollars in cash.
Fulton County enjoys several other wintertime delights including snowmobiling, ice skating and sledding, to name a few. Fulton County is the home of dozens of groomed snowmobile trails with many local clubs pitching in to keep them maintained.
Although some activities are naturally limited to certain seasons, Fulton County has plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy year round. Its ample wilderness has an abundance of wildlife making it perfect for hunting. The county also contains 44 serene lakes, and numerous streams that draw fishermen in search of trout, bass, walleye and pike.
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