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Going Snowmobiling this Winter? Check Out the Trails at Tug Hill

posted by Teresa Farrell at 2018-02-07 06:27:00

New York State is a snowmobiler’s paradise, and while there are popular trail systems throughout the state, one of the most famous and favored regions of them all is Tug Hill.

Situated east of Lake Ontario, north of Oneida Lake, and west of the Adirondacks, the Tug Hill area covers portions of Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida and Oswego counties. It encompasses countless small villages and towns  where riders can stop to warm up and grab a bite to eat at restaurants and bars, or grab a motel room for the night on multi-day trips.

Tug Hill is famous for having some of the heaviest snowfall in the state—on average, more than 200 inches per winter-- and routinely clocks in as one of the snowiest areas in the country, thanks to its proximity to Lake Ontario and the lake effect bands that billow off of it throughout the season.

The area is wooded and wild in places, open and expansive in others, but one thing is for sure: snowmobilers love it. That’s because Tug Hill is home to thousands of miles of snowmobile trails, with dedicated trail groomers and plenty of local snowmobile clubs who make it their personal mission to document trail conditions and spread the word on where the best riding can be done on a given day.

There are too many outfits to list—but if you want to hit the Tug Hill trail system, get started by checking out Valley Snow Travelers, Turin Ridge Riders Club, Barnes Corners Sno-Pals, Redfield Snowmobile Association, Southern Tug Hill Sno-Riders, and Tug Hill Snowmobiling  to get the latest trail reports; and take a look at Northern Chateau’s  system of webcams set up around the area to give a real-time glimpse of trail conditions.

And don’t forget to check out this interactive snowmobile trail map  of NY State to help you get your bearings and plan your trip, along with the NY State Snowmobile Association, which has information on rentals, trails, and all the rest you need to know before you start.

Of course, be sure to stay safe  while you’re out there enjoying all this winter wonderland has to offer. And most of all, have fun!

Photo Credits by Kris Moody
posted at: 2018-02-07 06:27:00, last updated: 2018-04-20 17:37:34

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