History, boating, hunting, fishing, swimming, skiing, camping, snowmobiling? It's all here. Leave work and within minutes you can experience all of nature's beauty at your "fingertips" or "foot tips" as the case may be -- Relax, Play, Wander & Discover
New York's Fulton County Region 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 home of French and Indian War hero Sir William Johnson or visit the Fulton County Museum.
Shortly after the American Revolutionary War, the manufacture of gloves and leather became the primary industry of the area. At one point, Johnstown and Gloversville were known as the Glove and Leather capital of the world.
Many residents of Fulton County can trace their ancestry back to the glove and leather trades. Explore the remaining glovers, tanners and leather dressers still active in the area.
Performing and visual arts assets include community theater and civic bands. Art galleries include the Perrella Gallery at Fulton-Montgomery Community College (FMCC) and the Art Gallery at the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Sacandaga Valley Arts Network (SVAN) is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit, cultural development entity that sponsors concerts, lectures, workshops, artist receptions and curate galleries at a variety of venues throughout the area. Numerous smaller galleries operated by individual artists dot the landscape.
The Glove Performing Arts Center in Gloversville and Colonial Little Theater in Johnstown offer great community theater.
Excellent public libraries are located in the Cities of Gloversville and Johnstown and the Village of Northville.
With 74,832 acres of wild forest in Fulton County and another 1.2 million acres in the rest of the Adirondack State Park, the region has a wealth of hunting resources. Fulton County lays both in the Southern and Northern zone for hunting in New York State. With the purchase of an over the counter license, one can hunt whitetail deer, black bear or small game (pheasant, turkey, waterflowl, or other upland and migratory game birds and small game mammals) using bow, muzzleloader or rifle.
Hunting is permitted on state lands, and we ask our outdoor enthusiasts to be considerate of posted private lands.
With 44 lakes, including one of the largest in New York State, Fulton County offers outstanding fishing opportunities year round. The largest lake, the “Great Sacandaga Lake”, is 29 miles long and six (6) miles wide. There are fishing tournaments in every season. The largest being the annual Walleye Challenge on the Great Sacandaga Lake. Held the last Saturday in January, this ice fishing tournament welcomes 1,750 fishing enthusiasts. The United States’ record for Northern Pike was caught in the Great Sacandaga measuring 52½” long and weighing 46 lbs. 2 oz!
Whether you’re looking for a large or small lake, stream, pond or lake tributary, you can find it all here. Our waters are home to brook trout, rainbow trout and brown trout, smallmouth and largemouth bass, walleye, northern pike, splake, pickerel and many other species.
Whether you seek a serene, secluded area water body or a lake full of excitement, they’re here. Boating can take the form of canoes, kayaks, personal watercraft, sailboats and motorboats. Big or small, you can be at the helm somewhere in local waters. Since Fulton County is known as the Land of 44 Lakes, you'll be sure to find that perfect waterway for you.
Public and private boat launches exist on the Great Sacandaga Lake, Canada Lake, Caroga Lake and Peck’s Lake. There also are a number of private marinas and yacht clubs. Just minutes to the south, boaters have access to the Mohawk River/Erie Canal which is part of the America Great Loop.
Fulton County has great country roads for biking and hiking/mountain-biking trails in the world-renowned 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 old Adirondack dirt roads. About 8 miles of the 17 mile route is within Fulton County. One local biking treasure is the FJ&G Rail Trail. The FJ&G Rail Trail is a paved trail for biking, running and walking.
With 74,832 acres of wild forest, the options for hiking are endless! Fulton County has a number of hiking trailheads within its boundaries, from shorter 1.5 mile hikes, to advanced, multi-day jaunts. Some of the well-known trails within reach are the Northville-Lake Placid Trail (begins in the Village of Northville and stretches for 133 miles); the popular Nine Corner Lake trail and the Willie Marsh trail, where one can explore wetlands that include a viewing platform and three boardwalks that traverse a marsh and open water areas. Fulton County is located in the southern foothills of the 6 million acre Adirondack State Park and the internationally recognized High Peaks Region.
Fulton County offers 400 miles of groomed snowmobile trails that are maintained by local snowmobile clubs as part of the New York State Recreational Trails System. Snowmobilers can also take to the many frozen lakes, where there are a number of poker runs and other snowmobile events throughout the winter months.
After a day of vigorous snowmobiling, treat yourself to the hospitality and warmth of the small towns, villages and hamlets, where you can pause in the heart of a picturesque community and disembark for a hearty meal next to a roaring fire before continuing on your tour.
There are seven unique golf courses in Fulton County, all with superior facilities and affordable prices. Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned player, you can enjoy a round within the beautiful Adirondack Mountains or on the rolling hills of the Mohawk Valley. Whatever your golfing pleasure, you will have a memorable experience.
Eighteen holes too much for the kids? Try out the many miniature golf courses throughout the area. Fun for the whole family!
How about a day of cross-country or downhill skiing? Fulton County has its own downhill ski facility, Royal Mountain, with snowmaking and short chair-lift lines. There are 13 trails ranging from easy to very difficult as well as a terrain park. Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center in Northville/Benson is a world class cross-country ski facility. There are additional cross-country ski opportunities, starting with the miles and miles of groomed snowmobile trails. The Rockwood State Forest is a popular cross-country ski destination.