Herkimer, New York

Top Spots in and near Herkimer

  • Caroga Lake, New York

    Kane Mountain Fire Tower

    4.2
    2.1 mi / 518 ft gain
    The Kane Mountain fire tower is one of the more frequented Adirondack towers due to the ease of the trail and its proximity to so many Caroga Lake camping areas. The short hike is family friendly and available year round, part of the trail doubles as a cross country skiing trail in fact. Driving...
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  • Hubbardsville, New York

    Paddle The Nine-Mile Swamp

    5.0
    The best place to launch into the Nine-Mile Swamp is along side of Wickwire Road (off from State Route 12) not far beyond the RR Crossing. There is room here for about half a dozen cars. This is a great paddle for the whole family.From the Wickwire Road launch, you will be paddling upstream as yo...
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  • Gloversville, New York

    Drive the Adirondack Trail Scenic Byway

    3.0
    This scenic byway starts in Fonda, NY and travels along Route 30 to Malone, NY.  The area described and pictured here is a 65 mile stretch from Mayfield to Indian Lake. Starting in Mayfield you will head north driving past the Great Sacandaga Lake. Continuing through the town of Hope  you will dr...
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  • Chittenango, New York

    Chittenango Falls

    4.7
    0.53 mi / 102 ft gain
    Chittenango is a great place to hang out and take pictures for a couple of hours. It is a very short hike and the trail takes you from the top of the falls on one side, down to the bottom, across the river, and then up to the top on the other side. The whole trail only takes about 45 min and is a...
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  • Speculator, New York

    Paddle the Sacandaga and Kunjamuk Rivers to Elm Lake

    The Sacandaga River is accessed via a hand launch at the Speculator Ball Field Parking Area in the town of Speculator, NY. Follow the Sacandaga River 1.5 miles until you reach Kunjamuk Bay. The Kunjamuk River begins further up the bay to the left.  Approximately 4 miles up river is Elm Lake. Padd...
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  • Lake Pleasant, New York

    Hike Pillsbury Mountain Fire Tower

    5.0
    Pillsbury Mountain is a fairly short but satisfying hike, ending with beautiful views of surrounding mountain ranges and lakes, and home to a defunct ranger station and fire tower. To get to the parking area within the Perkins Clearing wilderness area, head north on Route 30 out of Speculator and...
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  • Old Forge, New York

    Hike around Nick's Lake

    6.2 mi / 475 ft gain
    The hike around Nick's Lake is a gentle, beautiful hike near the resort town of Old Forge, New York. Park for free at the Bisby Road Trailhead, or cut two miles off the route and pay to park at Nick's Lake Campground ($10 per car). If you start from Bisby Road, sign in at the trail register then ...
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  • Lake Pleasant, New York

    Backpack to Cedar Lakes Lean-to #2 in the West Canada Lakes Wilderness

    5.3 mi / 705 ft gain
    Know before you go! It’s a bumpy road in and a bumpy road out so be sure your vehicle is ready to handle a long, winding dirt and rocky road back to the trail head. The road is approximately 7 miles to the trailhead starting on Jessup River Road off of State Route 30 in Speculator, NY. Follow Jes...
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  • Old Forge, New York

    Kayak Camp Section 1 of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail

    The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is a 740-mile paddling trail with the western terminus located in Old Forge, New York and the eastern terminus in Fort Kent, Maine. Section One is 43 miles from Old Forge to Long Lake. Camp at primitive sites or one of the several campgrounds along the way. This s...
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  • Wells, New York

    Hike to Auger Falls

    4.0
    Augers Falls is a not so well kept secret in the Wells/Speculator area of the Adirondacks. It's usually not very crowded but the people that go to take it in come from far and wide. It's an easy family friendly hike (and that includes furry family, just keep them on leash) that offers some fantas...
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  • Old Forge, New York

    Fat Bike the TOBIE Pedestrian and Bike Pathway

    Fatbikes, bikes with oversized tires and wider rims, designed to ride on snow, sand, through mud and over roots, have become more mainstream in the last couple of years. Thankfully, Mountainman Outdoor Supply Store in Old Forge has jumped on the bandwagon and now offers half-day and full-day rent...
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  • Schenectady, New York

    Hike Plotter Kill Preserve

    4.3
    5.5 mi / 820 ft gain
    There are a few entries into the preserve' however, this hike has you entering off of Mariaville Road. There is a kiosk here and you will enter on the Red trail. Shortly after you can go out and back on the Blue trail to view the Upper and Lower Falls from lookouts above. Once back to the Red t...
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  • Old Forge, New York

    Bald Mountain (Rondaxe Fire Tower)

    1.85 mi / 285 ft gain
    Bald Mountain (Rondaxe Fire Tower) is an out-and-back trail that provides a good opportunity to view wildlife located near Old Forge, New York.
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Camping and Lodging in Herkimer

Herkimer Diamond KOA Resort
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Herkimer Diamond KOA Resort

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Franklin, New York

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25 Must-Do Adventures in New York

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10 Beautiful Private Campsites in New York

10 Beautiful Private Campsites in New York

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25 New York Adventures with Stunning Fall Foliage

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New York's Top 10 Camping Adventures

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15 Must-Do Hikes near New York City

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How to Summit the Two Tallest Mountains in New York in a Weekend

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