Where’s the snow? Tug Hill is always the answer. Lewis County, which covers much of Tug Hill as well as Adirondack foothills across the Black River Valley, receives an average of 200 inches per winter of the white stuff. But record years have seen well more than double that amount. This means is that riding starts earlier and continues later than anywhere else in the East.
Nine grooming clubs maintain over 600 miles of trails in Lewis County. These trails connect scenic opportunities like the rock gorge at Whetstone Gulf State Park and the superb views of the Adirondack Mountains in the distance to trailside services of all types. And for something a little more off the beaten path, try looping up north towards Copenhagen or heading east to Brantingham Lake and other Lewis County areas east of the Black River Valley. Additional trail connections extend out to neighboring regions, allowing serious long-range snow touring.
What’s more, the snowmobile fun doesn’t end when the snow finally does melt. Snowmobile watercross racing at the Flat Rock Inn attracts enthusiasts from all over the northeast during a season that runs from June to September.
Tug Hill and Lewis County is easily accessible via Route 12 from Utica or Route 26 from Rome. For more information, contact the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce at Lewiscountychamber.org or phone them at 315/376-2213.