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  • Adirondack North Country Scenic Byways

    (518) 891-6200

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    Each of the 13 Adirondack North Country Scenic Byways offers unique routes through the largest park in the lower 48 states. These scouted routes help you enjoy leisurely trips by motor vehicle, motorcycle, bicycle or canoe to experience fresh air, clear water, spectacular scenery and invigorating outdoor activity, with a clear idea of the opportunities for adventure along the way. The protected Adirondack Park, with its 15 wilderness areas, provides habitat for moose, deer, otter, loon and bald eagle, as well as offering an untouched natural environment where anyone can log off, unwind and enjoy a walk in the woods or a paddle across the pond. Along each are colorful communities where the region’s history is told, cultural traditions are maintained and a slower pace of life predominates.
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  • Adirondack Trail

    State Route 30A in Montgomery County

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    The historic village of Fonda, with the remains of a Mohawk Indian village, is the southern gateway into the 188-mile Adirondack Trail Scenic Byway. In the small village of Fonda in the Mohawk River Valley, begin your northward exploration of the Adirondack Trail Scenic Byway. Learn about the area’s rich history: early settlement by Mohawk Indians; the arrival of Europeans; its critical strategic roles in the French & Indian and Revolutionary Wars; and the monumental opening of the Erie Canal in 1825 that enabled the first great westward migration of American settlers and transformed New York State as towns and cities flourished along the corridor. In the 1920’s the section of the Byway from Fonda to Speculator was part of the Sacandaga Trail, a travel route labeled “New York’s Most Beautiful Highway.” A stop in Fonda at the Montgomery County Department of History and Archives gives you a chance to learn about the history of the area, including the Indian tribes that lived there and the effect the Revolutionary War had on the county. Time it right and you can take in the sights, sounds and smells of a traditional county fair at the annual Fonda Fair that celebrates the area’s agricultural past and present. Enjoy old-fashioned tractor pulls, 4-H competitions, craft displays and midway rides. In the center of the Fonda, you’ll see the copper dome of the 1836 Greek revival courthouse, which houses one of the best genealogical libraries in the U.S.A. In a rustic chapel in an 18th century barn visit the national Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine and at the Caughnawaga Indian Museum see displays of artifacts from an on-site archeological excavation of an entire Mohawk Village. Beginning in the north just a few miles below the Canadian border, down to the Mohawk River Valley in the middle of New York State, the 188-mile Adirondack Trail Scenic Byway makes it easy for travelers to experience the woods, water, and wilderness of the Adirondack Mountains. Visitors can enjoy year-round recreational activities, have countless opportunities to learn about the region’s rich history, and enjoy the relaxed pace of life in small and medium size communities along the byway. The Adirondack Trail takes you through the center of the Adirondack Park as the highway winds from north to south for 188 miles. Stop by the 29-mile long Great Sacandaga Lake for picnics, fishing and boating.
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  • Amsterdam City Pool

    Veteran’s Park, Locust Ave, Amsterdam 12010

    (518) 841-4335

    The City of Amsterdam operates an Olympic-sized public pool during the summer months (July 1st through August). Located within the Veterans Park Complex, the pool is an impressive 50 meters in length by 25 meters wide. The pool is separated into two areas off the main swimming area, one 30’x30’ and 13-feet deep and another that is 25’x 25’ feet and 3 feet deep. Also, a lap lane is reserved at all times for adults/swimmers. Lifeguards are on duty at all times. Tuesday-Sunday 11am-5pm Admission is $3
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  • Amsterdam Mohawks Baseball

    Shuttleworth Park 65 Crescent Avenue Amsterdam PO Box 334, Amsterdam

    (518) 791-7546

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    The Amsterdam Mohawks are a part of the New York Collegiate Baseball League, comprising a fourteen-team summer league played throughout upstate New York. In addition to Amsterdam, the NYCBL includes teams located in Bolivar, Wellsville, Watertown, Geneva, Hornell, Little Falls, Rochester, Glens Falls, Saratoga and Bennington, VT. Split into Eastern and Western divisions, the NYCBL is a member of the National Alliance of College Summer Baseball and one of the elite wood bat summer leagues sponsored by Major League Baseball. To be eligible to play in the NYCBL, a player must have completed at least one year of college and must still have at least one year of playing eligibility remaining. He must also be enrolled full-time at a college or university. Beginning in early June, each team in the league will play a 42-game schedule, which will wind down at the end of July. The Mohawks play at Shuttleworth Park in Amsterdam typically on Tuesday and Friday nights in June and July. Each night has a theme such as Halloween Night complete with trick or treating. The Stadium is equipped with box seats, a Party Deck and an air conditioned Sky Box with television and waitress service available for rental. Birthday Party packages are also available. Mohawks have had players go onto the Major League after their college careers. Another highlight to the season is Parkfest held in July. Parkfest offers food, bands, rides and more along with two days of Amsterdam Mohawks Baseball and a giant fireworks display.
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  • Arthur Carter Amsterdam Municipal Golf Course

    158 Van Dyke Avenue, Amsterdam

    (518) 842-9731

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    A Robert Trent Jones-designed 18-hole regulation-length golf course created on 182-acres during the Works Progress Administration. 71-par, 6,370 yards, 70.2 rating, 120 slope. Amsterdam “Muni” has a putting green, practice bunker, chipping area, driving range, pull carts, pro-shop and clubhouse offering food and dining. Seasonal – open 7am to sunset
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  • Canajoharie Boat Launch

    Located at Waterfront Park, off Route 10 and Church Street, Canajoharie

    518-673-5512

    Memorial Day through Labor Day. Call village office at (518) 673-5512, for more information.
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  • Canajoharie Country Club

    154 Country Club Rd., Canajoharie

    (518) 673-3635

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    Designed by Scott & John North, an 18-hole regulation-length, daily-fee golf course created in 1936. 71-par, 6,146 yards, 69 rating, 118 slope. Canajoharie Country Club has a putting green, practice bunker, chipping area, driving range, pull carts, pro-shop with rental clubs and a restaurant offering food and beverage. Walking and member-owned carts allowed. Seasonal – call for hours.
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  • Charleston State Forest

    Route 30 A south of Fultonville

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    The Town of Charleston is the only town in Montgomery County that does not border the Mohawk River. What it has in abundance is forest. The Charleston State Forest contains a large portion of what was called the Clarke Lands. James Clarke, the original grantee, had a three-life lease with the tenants on the land, but when that lease expired in the 1840s, his great-grandson raised the rent. This was during the height of the anti-rent wars and many of the tenants not only abandoned the land, but also burned down the houses and barns they had built rather than let Clarke’s great grandson benefit from them. The Town of Charleston lost over two thirds of its population in the next 60 years. The 4,600-acres of the Charleston State Forest include much of this land, which went back to nature. It also includes The Warrior Trail, a path running north to south near the Waite Drive area that was said to be a major route for Mohawk Indians to access the Mohawk River and the Sara Lib/Gordon Road area, which was reportedly used as a Tory training ground during the Revolutionary War. While plowing a fire break in the area in the 1950’s, a Revolutionary War Era sword was found in the ground and is still housed in the Charleston Town Historical Society Museum. The land is open all year for fishing, mountain biking, hiking, hunting, camping, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and exploration.
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  • Crystal Grove Diamond Mine and Campground

    161 County Highway 114, St. Johnsville

    (518) 568-2914

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    Spacious, wooded campground with modern conveniences right next to “Herkimer Diamond” (quartz) mines for tents, RV or cabin renters. Spend the day collecting beautiful “Herkimer Diamonds” Three collecting areas open to day trippers. Open 7 days a week, mid-April thru Columbus Day. DAILY MINING RATES FOR 2015: Adults: $12.00 Children (5 through 13 years old): $10.00 Children (4 years or less): free
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  • Diamond Acres

    2274 Stone Arabia Road, Fonda

    (518) 762-7960

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    Herkimer Diamonds have been long known to minerals collectors in New York State and world wide. The region’s layers of dolostone contain pockets which yield thousands of these beautiful crystals every year. Diamond Acres is a tract of forested land that yields large and small crystals from the rock and soil. Open May 1st-end of October. Group appointments available. $2 per day
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  • Fonda Speedway

    1204 Kings Road, Fonda

    (518) 952-4966

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    Saturday night stock car racing on a half-mile dirt track. Saturday nights – 6:45pm-10:30pm
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  • Geocaching

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    The popular geocaching phenomenon has a strong following in Montgomery County because of its wealth of state parks and forests, tourist sites and historic landmarks. Geocachers are treasure hunters who follow clues, hints and GPS coordinates left on a geocaching website to locate boxes of trinkets and goodies left behind by other game players. The rules say if you take something, you have to leave something for the next player. Always remember when searching for geocache do so at your own risk. Montgomery County is not responsible for any injuries or lost items of geocachers.
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  • Glen Ridge Motorsports Park

    213 Mary’s Lane, Fultonville

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    Friday night modified, sportsman and street stock racing. Friday Nights – 5pm gates open, 7pm hot laps; 7:30pm racing
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  • Hilltop Paintball Sports Complex

    565 River Road, Fort Plain

    (518) 993-4200

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    Paintball sports complex fields & store. 6 fields: NPPL Style Speedball, Woods/Farm Combo Field, Extreme Woodsball Field, Scenario Big Game Woodsball, Tepee Village, Upper War Zone
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  • Howe Caverns Adventure Park

    255 Discovery Drive, Howes Cave

    (518) 296-8900

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    A prehistoric cavern more than 6 million years in the making with stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone formations and serpentine passages. Above ground is a ropes course with 28 varying elements of difficulty and a 26’ rock wall. A four-tower 900-foot zip line and the Air Jumper, which allows participants to jump 18-feet in the air and perform aerial stunts. A 6,000-square foot gem and mining building filled with treasure from around the world allow gem panning.
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  • Iroquois Lanes

    192 Erie Boulevard, Canajoharie

    (518) 673-5498

    Air conditioned bowling alley, with glow bowling on Saturday nights, bumper bowling, birthday parties, pro shop, lessons, automatic accu-scoring and the Ten Pin Grill & Sports Bar.
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  • Kelly’s Imperial Bowling Center

    249 Wallins Corners Road, Amsterdam

    (518) 842-6490

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    Bowling Alley, Skyview Grill, Skyview Lounge with live music, Birthday Party Specials Mon – Wed: 12pm – 10pm Thu – Fri: 12pm – 11pm Sat: 9am – 12:30am Sun: 12pm – 6pm *************************
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  • Landis Arboretum

    174 Lape Road, Esperance

    (518) 875-6935

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    The Landis Arboretum is one of only three arboreta in eastern North America with old-growth forests – and Landis has two. Straddling Schoharie and Montgomery counties, Landis has trees and shrubs from around the world and noteworthy native collections, a nationally recognized collection of oaks of the Northeast, the charming Van Loveland perennial gardens and 8 miles of hiking/walking trails and wetlands. The grounds are open daily from dawn until dusk. Suggested donation $5 per person, $15 per family
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  • Lost Valley State Forest

    Fultonville NY

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    A 748-acre wilderness area adjacent to the Charleston State Forest. Includes 2.2 miles of designated ATV trails.
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  • Mosher Marsh Preserve

    262 Manny’s Corners Road, Amsterdam

    (518) 436-6346

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    Ellie Peters donated this 43-acre preserve to Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy in 2008. It includes a natural wetland with several shallow man-made ponds and a small tributary to the Chuctanunda Creek. The site also contains a mix of fields with woods and a historic family cemetery and a loop trail with a 300-foot boardwalk that runs through the wetland. Plant and widlife include marsh marigolds, bloodroot flowers, a beaver lodge and dam, four “potholes” (shallow bodies of water) designed to attract wood ducks. The marsh is open from dawn to dusk. Parking access. A kiosk near the parking area details the marsh plant life and the history of the land dating back to the Revolutionary War.
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  • NYS Canalway Trail System in Montgomery County

    1-800-4CANAL4

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    The New York State Canalway Trail System is one of the most extensive trail networks in the country, comprising a network of more than 260 miles of existing multi-use, recreational trails across upstate New York, major segments of which are adjacent to the waterways of the NYS Canal System or the remnants of the Old Erie Canal. Montgomery County hosts part of the Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway – a 60-mile Trail along the Erie Canal and Mohawk River between St. Johnsville and Waterford, which connects with the 36-mile Old Erie Canal State Park Trail in Central New York; the 100-mile Erie Canal Heritage Trail in Western New York; and the eight-mile Glens Falls Feeder Canal Heritage Trail in the foothills of the Adirondacks near Lake George. In addition, there are smaller segments of Canalway Trail. Many sections of the Mohawk-Hudson segment were built on former grades of the 19th-century Erie Canal towpath. The trail is continuous except for a segment between Rotterdam Junction and Amsterdam, a short segment under Interstate Route 87 (Adirondack Northway) in the Town of Colonie, and short segments in Schenectady and Cohoes. The bikeway route is signed along connecting roadways. Trail Uses: Hiking, bicycling, in-line skating and cross-country skiing. Motorized vehicles are not allowed. Trail Surface: Stone dust in Montgomery County and on a one-mile segment in Cohoes. Asphalt elsewhere.
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  • Pangaea’s Puddle Ski School

    392 Mahr Road, Canajoharie

    (518) 673-2959

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    Pangaea Puddle has two 2,000-foot man-made lakes for water-skiing training and events, plus soccer fields, trap shooting and an event pavilion. Both lakes are record-capable with judging towers and slalom and jump video installed. The lake bottoms contain quite a bit of clay, so silt is present and the water provides a soft skiing experience.
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  • Riverlink Park

    (518) 841-4311

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    An elevated walkway with breathtaking views links downtown Amsterdam to a riverside plaza area with open-air stage, children’s playground, visitor’s center, gardens and 300 feet of transient boat docking. Free concerts during July and August. Events at this Location Jul 04, ’15 7:00pm – Jul 04, ’15 9:00pm – Christine Ohlman and Rebel Montez at Riverlink Concerts Jul 04, ’15 7:00pm – Jul 04, ’15 9:00pm – Hot Club of Saratoga at Riverlink Concerts Jul 18, ’15 7:00pm – Jul 18, ’15 9:00pm – Tony’s Polka Band at Riverlink Concerts Jul 25, ’15 7:00pm – Jul 25, ’15 9:00pm – Jocelyn Arndt at Riverlink Concerts Aug 08, ’15 7:00pm – Aug 08, ’15 9:00pm – Roosevelt Dime at Riverlink Concerts Aug 15, ’15 7:00pm – Aug 15, ’15 9:00pm – Matuto at Riverlink Concerts Aug 22, ’15 7:00pm – Aug 22, ’15 9:00pm – Toby Walker at Riverlink Concerts Aug 29, ’15 7:00pm – Aug 29, ’15 9:00pm – The Twangbusters at Riverlink Concerts
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  • Rolling Hills Country Club

    2258 St. Hwy. 5, Fort Johnson

    (518) 829-7817, (518) 829-7423 (Pro Shop)

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    Once a private fraternity, Rolling Hills is open to public play and membership. Aside from the serene views of the Summer’s Mohawk River and picturesque Upstate New York landscape, the course presents golf enthusiasts with a relaxed pace of play, superb course conditions and tee times at your convenience. Olympic-size swimming pool and tennis courts, modern clubhouse, bar, restaurant and banquet facilities and golf cart storage. The 18-hole, par-71, 6,700-yard, 121-slope Antlers Golf Course has a 68.3 rating.
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  • Rural Grove State Forest

    Routes 162 and Logtown Road, Rural Grove

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    Rural Grove State Forest was named after the nearby hamlet of Rural Grove, which had previously been called Leatherville because of the tannin industry. Its 2,000 acres contain a sizeable chunk of the Clarke Lands, which were abandoned by tenant farmers during the anti-rent wars of the 1840s. The state bought the land in the 1930s for timber production, recreational use, watershed production and wildlife habitat. Big game hunting for white-tailed deer is popular in Rural Grove State Forests. The area also supports small game, such as turkey, squirrel and grouse. Trapping is allowed for beaver, muskrat, fox and coyote, according to season. Shibley Road and Carron Road are unplowed roads used by snowmobiles and cross-country skiers.
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  • Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

    PO BOX 140 129 Schoharie Street Fort Hunter

    Janice Fontanella

    (518) 829-7516

    janice.fontanella@parks.ny.gov

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    Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site is the only location where visitors can witness three of the major phases of the Erie Canal construction. The site contains a portion of the original Clinton's Ditch" canal as well as several features from the enlarged canal such as locks and the remains of the Schoharie Creek Aqueduct. Schoharie Crossing is also adjacent to the Erie Canal of today. Much of the site is along the Schoharie Creek and Mohawk River and features not only nature trails and history but also great recreational opportunities. Come picnic or paddle from the boat launch, or enjoy a stroll on the miles of towpath trails. Bring your bike and peddle east or west on the Canalway Bike Path that connects to the site. Stop into the Visitor Center for more information and a trail map. Hours: Grounds Dawn until Dusk All Year – Visitor Center May 1st – October 31st
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  • Schoharie River Center

    2025 Burtonsville Road, Burtonsville, NY

    (518) 875-6230

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    The Schoharie River Center is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educational and cultural programming about the Schoharie Creek and the communities which make up the Schoharie River Valley. Formed in 1999, it is a membership organization which sponsors and operates Environmental Study Team (EST) programs in Burtonsville, Schenectady and Conesville, NY. Located in Burtonsville, NY, The Schoharie River Center is also active in a variety of community, historical and cultural programs and activities.
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  • Sharp Shooters Billiards and Sports Pub

    35 East Main St, Amsterdam

    (518) 627-4634

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    Offering a great entertainment value, Sharp Shooters has something for everyone, from a friendly game of pool or darts to meeting friends out for some food, drinks & to watch the game. Open Daily: 4pm – midnight Sundays: Noon – Midnight
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  • Shuttleworth Park

    65 Crescent Avenue, Amsterdam, NY

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    The park offers a playground, charcoal pits, public restrooms, tennis courts, pickle ball court, pavilions, playground, volleyball court and a beautiful mile-long walking path along the Chuctununda Creek, which includes a footbridge. It also has two softball fields, courtesy of the Amsterdam Girls Softball League and is also the home of the Amsterdam Mohawks Collegiate Baseball Team. Originally opened on Memorial Day in 1914 as Crescent Park, it became Jolly Land and then Mohawk Mills Park when it was acquired by the Mohawk Carpet Mills in the late 1930’s. Mohawk Mills Park was donated to the City in 1964 and officially renamed Herbert L. Shuttleworth II Park on December 9, 1977. Events at this Location Jun 18, ’15 6:30pm – Amsterdam Mohawks Jun 25, ’15 6:30pm – Amsterdam Mohawks
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  • St. Johnsville Campsite and Municipal Marina

    South Bridge St, St Johnsville

    (518) 568-7406 (seasonal), (518) 568-2221 (year-round)

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    Tie up for the evening and enjoy a stay in this quaint Canal village located. Boat launch with fuel, water, gas, and diesel. Pump out facilities available. Campgrounds are adjacent to Marina with a bed and breakfast nearby. May-Nov, 7am-9:30pm.
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  • Thomas H. Burbine Memorial Forest & Nature Trail

    Corbin Hill Road, Sprakers

    (518) 853-3814

    A forever-wild territory, maintained by Montgomery County. Outdoor activities including hunting, hiking, camping, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and fishing. Close to Charleston State Forest
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  • Twister Valley Sports Complex

    7721 State Highway 5S, Fort Plain

    (518) 441-7299

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    Motorcross complex. MSC Motocross Open: April 14-October 20 Nightcross on Friday nights, gates open at 7am, racing starts after 6 pm practice Open practice every Tuesday: 4:30-8:30pm
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  • Wiles Park

    Clyde Street, Fort Plain, NY

    (518) 993-4271

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    Public park with horseshoes, playground, picnic areas and ball fields.
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  • Wintergreen Park and Gorge

    Wintergreen Park Road, Canajoharie

    518-673-5508

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    Nature at its finest. Wintergreen Park features the dramatic 45-foot Canajoharie Falls and several smaller cascades in the public section of Canajoharie Gorge, as well as scenic nature trails and picnic areas. Open Memorial Day-Labor Day, 9am-9:30pm.
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  • Yatesville Falls State Forest

    County Route 106, Sprakers

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    Yates Falls was the site of a gristmill owned by the Vrooman family. General George Washington and his entourage reportedly spent the night at Vrooman’s house in Yatesville (site of present day Randall). Several Mohawk Indian villages are known to have been located near this State Forest. They generally date back to the 1600’s. Yatesville Falls is part of a 2,000 tract in a working circle with Rural Grove State Forest purchased by the state in the 1930s for timber production, recreational use, watershed production and wildlife habitat. Forest Access Road is unplowed and used by snowmobiles and cross-country skiers. From Route 162, take Logtown Road to Anderson Road (County Route 106) 30-foot Yatesville Falls, also known as Buttermilk Falls, can be seen near the western end of Forest Access Road, which intersects County Route 106.
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