Vacation Planning

The Central Adirondacks including Old Forge, Inlet, Indian Lake, and North Creek, offer mountain biking opportunities for all skill levels.

The following descriptions come from Pedals and Petals, a great mountain biking shop in Inlet NY. They are a nationally rated as one of America's best bike shops and offer sales, service and rentals. A great place to get advice on area trails as well as help in learning what bike is best for you.

Fern Park Trails (Inlet NY) These trails are for adventurous bikers. Double and single-track trails loop up,
down and around Fern Mountain with lots of elevation change.

The Old Forge Mountain bike trail system are mostly easy trails, flat and some small rolling hills with a few Steep Climbs. There is easy access directly from Old Forge or Eagle Bay. You can also get on the train in Thendara and they will take you to Carter Station in the middle of the trail system. There are a few single-track trails that shoot off the main trail system. These trails are a great family fun trail system.

Here is a link to Pedals and Petals trail descriptions for more information. Mountain Bike Trails





Coyote Moon Vineyards in Clayton NY, is a nationally acclaimed winery and one of the most entertaining destinations in the Thousand Islands region. Their Wine & Craft Beer Lounge, located in downtown Clayton, with a deck on the St Lawrence, is  a great place to enjoy the beauty of the river with family and friends. On weekends, Coyote Moon has live entertainment at the lounge as well as wine tasting boat tours.

The Coyote Moon Lounge has a great menu featuring paninis and lighter fare. Coyote Moon Vineyards is "passionate about creating the ultimate food and wine experience."  Their menu showcases the Thousand Islands region’s agricultural offerings with each item handcrafted in small batches with their very own wines in the recipe. 

Coyote Moon Vineyards and Winery, is located 3 miles east of Route 12 in Clayton, NY, and their lounge is downtown in the Village of Clayton at 524 Riverside Drive.

Combine a whitewater raft trip, a visit to the Coyote Moon Vineyard and Lounge, a boat tour, and an extended stay in the Thousand islands, for a great Northern New York vacation! Clayton and the Thousand Islands have a range of accommodations including resorts, hotels, motels, cottages, and campgrounds. The Thousand Islands and Coyote Moon Vineyards are only twenty miles from Adirondack River Outfitters' whitewater rafting trip on the Black River in Watertown.

Coyote Moon was founded and is run by the Randazzo family who are"committed to creating great tasting award-winning wines in a uniquely fun filled environment." Visit Coyote Moon Vineyards and Winery and experience for yourself their overwhelming hospitality and wine making obsession."

The Thousand Islands region of the St. Lawrence River, only 29 miles from ARO's Black River Rafting outpost in Watertown, NY, is an outstanding destination to explore by kayak and canoe.

  • ·         Over 1,800 islands, most with natural wooded shorelines
  • ·         Outstanding fishing
  • ·         Emerald green waters so clear you can see the bottom to depths of over fifty feet
  • ·         Historic sunken ships, many visible from the surface

Bring your own boat, or rent one in the region, spend a half day or a week exploring and camping. River Bay Adventure Inn has a variety of kayaks for short and long term rental and is planning to add some guided trips this summer. They are located in Chippewa Bay and will transport boats to your chosen starting point.

Parks Canada and New York State have areas for camping and picnicking throughout the islands, many accessible only by water

The Thousand Islands provide some of North America’s most interesting fresh water paddling.

A great overview of the Thousand Islands less than 30 minutes from ARO's Black River operation in Watertown NY!

Combine a whitewater raft trip with an extended vacation in the area. Kayaking, boat tours, world class fishing, wine tours, scuba diving on one of the many sunken ships, or just relaxing at a resort, cottage or campsite the Thousand Islands Region has something for everyone.



The calm, emerald green waters of the mighty St. Lawrence River provide a peaceful contrast to our whitewater rafting trip on the Black River. Alexandria Bay, located only 29 miles from, our rafting outpost in Watertown, is the home to Uncle Sam Boat tours. Uncle Sam's tours are a great way to experience the scenic beauty and architectural history for which the 1000 islands are famous.

On many tours you can be dropped off on Heart Island for a self guided tour of Boldt Castle, or view the "castle" as you cruise by. Uncle Sam Boat Tours offers a variety of tours including Twilight, Lunch, Dinner, and Wine&Brew tours. Accommodations in the area range from campgrounds, riverside cottages, to hotels, motels and all inclusive resorts.



Whether you are rafting the whitewater of the Black River, near the 1000 Islands, or the Hudson River in the Adirondacks, it is easy to extend your adventure. The 1000 Islands is a paddling paradise with beautiful water, secluded islands to explore, outstanding fishing, and great places to camp.  The Adirondacks are the East’s largest wilderness area with 100s of peaks to climb, countless lakes and rivers to paddle, hikes that lead to back country water falls, and literally millions of acres to explore and inspire.

Over the next three weeks the ARO Blog is going to describe a series of vacation itineraries, which will of course include a whitewater raft trip or two. With thirty four years of leadership in outdoor recreation, we are familiar with what Northern New York has to offer, and who can best provide the experience you dream of.

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