A Snapshot of Fulton County: Southern Adirondacks
“Relax, Play, Wander, Discover”
The splendor of the seasons comes naturally to Fulton County where the southern Adirondack Park meets the Mohawk Valley. Fulton County is home to 44 lakes and 74,832 acres of wild forest, and is blessed with a rich, inviting history and a wealth of culture and the arts.
In an area so varied, beauty is abundant in spring, summer, winter and fall, and the slate of activities is equally complete. So what would you like to do?
Fulton County is rich in history and museums . Take a historic walking tour of Johnstown’s Historic Quadrangle Corner and Walk in the Footsteps of Elizabeth Cady Stanton; visit Johnson Hall State Historic Site, the former home of French and Indian War hero Sir William Johnson; events are planned year-round at the Rice Homestead, a 1790 Colonial homestead. See the Fulton County Museum, Johnstown Historical Society Museum, Caroga Historical Museum, and many others house exhibits of local worth from Fulton County's rich history.
Performing arts and visual arts are vital in Fulton County; community theater and civic bands are a presence in the two major cities. There are a number of art galleries in the county, including the Perrella Gallery at Fulton-Montgomery Community College in Johnstown and the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts in Gloversville. Additionally, the Sacandaga Valley Arts Network, an all-volunteer, not-for-profit, cultural development entity, annually sponsors a series of concerts, lectures, workshops and artist events.
With 74,832 acres of wild forest for hunting, and its location in the southern Adirondack Park, Fulton County has a wealth of resources for hunting. Fulton County lays both in the Southern and Northern zone for hunting in New York State. Whether big game hunting (deer, bear) or small game hunting (pheasant, turkey, waterfowl, or other upland and migratory game birds and small game mammals), using bows, muzzleloaders or rifles, you can find a place for your sport in Fulton County.
Fulton County, with its 44 lakes, has some of the best fishing in any season in New York State.
Of Fulton County’s lakes, the Great Sacandaga Lake, 29 miles long, and six miles wide, is the largest. There are fishing tournaments in every season!
Whether you seek a serene, secluded area lake or a lake full of excitement, our lakes offer many boating opportunities.
Boating on our lakes, ponds and streams can take the form of canoes, kayaks, personal watercraft, sailboats and motorboats – big and small.
We have great country roads for biking, as well as hiking/mountain biking trails in the Adirondack Park. Mountain biking highlights include The Powley-Piseco Road, which is described as one of the best seasonal roads in the Adirondacks and one of the last easily accessible places you can do primitve camping.
Fulton County offers 400 of miles of snowmobile trails groomed and maintained by local snowmobile clubs. Many trails are made available through the generosity of the private landowners. Please be respectful. Snowmobilers also take to many of our frozen lakes, where there are a number of poker and other snowmobile runs throughout the winter months.
How about a day of cross-country or downhill skiing?
Fulton County has its own downhill ski facility, Royal Mountain, which features snowmaking and speedy chair lift lines. There are 13 trails ranging from easy to very difficult and a terrain park. Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center in Northville/Benson, a cross-country ski facility, is one of the best in the country.
Whether you seek an active vacation, or just want to relax – Fulton County offers the ideal location for both.
We’re 40 minutes from Albany, and just a few hours from New York City, Syracuse, Montreal and Boston – located in the foothills of the majestic Adirondack Mountains, truly a four-season vacation destination.