Where the Heck Do I Go to the Bathroom? And other Great Snowmobiling Questions

The Adirondacks' Most Frequently Asked Questions About Snowmobiling

The moment there is just the right amount of snow, a familiar sound rings out: the throaty purr of a snowmobile engine. For loyal riders, the arrival of snow is a gift, opening up the world of woods and frozen waters to exciting adventures and backcountry beauty. But what about people like me who have only been on a snowmobile once or twice, who don’t know where to go or how to get started? No worries, we’ve put together some important questions and answers that will help you get a fun-filled, snowy start to your snowmobile adventures.

Snowmobilers cross a frozen lake on a sunny winter day.

Can you snowmobile in the Adirondacks?

Absolutely! The Adirondacks is one of the prettiest places in the East to snowmobile. There are hundreds of miles of trails that travel through the Park, particularly right here in Hamilton County. Here, small towns are linked by gorgeous groomed trails that travel through a wide array of terrain and wilderness areas. You can spend a single day riding here or a whole week!

Where can I get a map of the snowmobile trails in the Adirondacks?

There’s an app for that! The Adirondacks, USA Snowmobile App features an interactive map that highlights trails, helps you plan where to go, and features needed stops, such as where to get gas. You can get the app for Apple or Android.

You can also get a map mailed to you by visiting our website. We’ll send you a map for free!

Are there any rules and/or regulations I should be aware of?

Definitely. We want you to have fun, and be safe! The state Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation has put together a Snowmobiler’s Guide, which clearly outlines info you need to know about topics including trail rules, registration, and more.  

Two snowmobiles pass each other on a trail.

Where can I find the current Adirondack snowmobile trail conditions?

This varies by town and by corridor. To get the latest, most up-to-date information, you’ll want to contact local information centers in Indian Lake, Long Lake, Speculator, and Inlet. You'll find a list on our handy Snowmobile Resources page!

What do I wear while snowmobiling?

First off, you’ll need a helmet. It’s not only safe, it’s the law. You also want to wear appropriate warm layers, such as long-sleeve, moisture-wicking shirts and long underwear. Snowpants or bib overall snow pants will keep you warm and dry all day long, amid cold temperatures, wind, and possible snow. A jacket or parka is a must, but make sure you can move easily in it! Never snowmobile without gloves, extra-warm socks (skip the cotton!), and a fleece hat or balaclava under your helmet. It's cold outside and you'll be outside all day, so be sure to dress like it!

Two snowmobilers ride on a snowmobile on a sunny day.

What is the snowmobile capital of New York?

That's a great question! Without a doubt, the Adirondacks are considered to be the best place to ride in the entire state. We recommend visiting towns such as Inlet, Long Lake, and Indian Lake to get out on the snow. Old Forge, located just a few miles from Inlet, is another popular spot that we highly recommend. We love Old Forge for its great shopping, unique history, and excellent access to the trails. It's also a great spot to start your ride into the wonderful forests of Hamilton County.

Where the heck do I go to the bathroom?

That's really what you wanted to know, isn't it? Well, it's okay to do your business in the woods, but with some caveats! Head off the trail a bit, not only for privacy but also to be sure that you are at least 200 feet from a water source, such as a stream or river. Pack out all toilet paper or trash, and if you need to poop, please pack it out. Covering it up with snow isn't the answer.

Ride with us!

This winter, make all those snowmobile dreams come true with a visit to the Adirondack Experience and Hamilton County. Plan your trip with the snowmobile resources we've shared above, explore excellent places to stay close to all the fun, and don't forget to think about warming up at the end of a great day on the trails!

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