Due to COVID-19, many tourist attractions have had to cancel or delay opening. Please call businesses for details.
 

The NY State Parks Explorer mobile app is now live!

NEWS: The NY State Parks Explorer mobile app is now live! Available for both iOS and Android, this free app provides key info about destinations, activities and adventures all in one place. Discover must-see locations and enjoy quick access to directions, hours, trail maps, and helpful know-before-you go details. Download today!

Apple Store: http://ow.ly/pzGL30qV56f
Google Play: http://ow.ly/PrI630qV54O

Large Firework Shows Cancelled for Upcoming 4th of July Holiday Weekend

Unfortunately, due the NY State restrictions on large gatherings, there will be no large public firework shows this year in Fulton County. We will update and share dates of re-scheduled shows when available.
 
This includes: Sport Island Pub (Northville), Lanzi’s on the Lake (Mayfield), Pine Lake Park (Pine Lake, Route 10), Northville Doin’s (Northville) and Sherman’s Amusement Park (Caroga Lake, Route 10).
 
Please understand this is a NY State Regulation and not the local family businesses decision.
 
Fireworks have been a tradition and staple in our area for many years- and while that won’t be on your agenda this year, please continue to enjoy our hiking and biking trails, fishing and boating, history walks, local restaurants, and shops that are open.
 
Please wear a mask when you are in town and respect NY State regulated social distancing guidelines.
 
Thank you for supporting our local businesses, enjoy the 44 lakes we offer, and enjoy our beautiful county safely. Stay healthy and strong!

Farmer’s Market at the Broadalbin Visitor Center, Starting Friday June 26th at 3pm-6pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

BROADALBIN: The Fulton Montgomery Farmers Market Association will be holding a Farmers Market in Broadalbin this summer, starting tomorrow- Friday June 26th.  The market will be every Friday from 3pm-6pm,  until September.  It will be at the Visitor Center in Broadalbin on the roundabout of Route 29 and Route 30.

Opening day will host 5 vendors:  Beyond Your Garden Corp. is a family run operation out of North Broadalbin that grows perennials and shrubs for residential and commercial landscapes. Damin Farm is a second generation dairy, meat and produce farm located in the Mohawk Valley. We offer beef, pork, chicken,5 varieties of sauerkraut, jams, and seasonal vegetables in the summer. Gramma’s Cookies 4 You is a New York State certified home manufacturer of homemade cookies, and confections. Gray’s Garden and Greenhouse is a seasonal business selling annual flowers, perennial flowers, hanging baskets, vegetable plants, and herbs Jammin Juice Bar is a beverage vendor with fresh made lemonade, smoothies, fruit smashers, shaved ice, slushies, fresh brewed cold teas and coffee, and milk shakes. Milburt Farm & Greenhouse is a locally owned grower of bedding plants, flowers, cut flowers, mums, herbs and perennials.

In July, Dan’s Berries Fresh and Hu-Hill Farm Store will be attending.  The market will continue to grow throughout the summer.

It is important to note that vendors will be practicing social distancing guidelines set out by NY State so please keep at least a 6ft distance from our other patrons and respect the space of vendors. Hand sanitizers will be available.

Fulton Montgomery Farmers Market Association and the Fulton County Tourism Department would like to thank Warren Greene and the Board of Supervisors for supporting this new endeavor.

The Sacandaga Series with Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site and the Fulton County Historical Society

The Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site in Fort Hunter and the Fulton County Historical Society are teaming up to present a virtual two program series. On July 8th at 6:30pm, Schoharie Crossing Education Director David Brooks will present “15 Miles on the Sacandaga Canal? – The Canal Craze,” discussing the construction and success of the Erie Canal and the subsequent “canal craze” that sparked the idea of a Great Sacandaga Canal.

On July 15th at 6:30pm, Fulton County Historical Society Executive Director Samantha Hall-Saladino will present “Sacandaga Soiree: Tides and Tourism,” exploring the tourism boom on the Great Sacandaga Lake from the 1940s to the present.

These programs will be presented virtually via Webex. The links to join the presentations can be found online at fultoncountyhistoricalsociety.org and on the Schoharie Crossing and FCHS Facebook pages.

2020 DEC campground update!

DEC Announces 20 Campgrounds and Day Use Areas to Open June 19!

Additional DEC Campground Openings to be Announced Soon for Summer 2020 Season

Campers Encouraged to Follow Guidelines to Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 While Enjoying Beauty of Adirondacks and Catskills

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced that 20 of DEC’s campgrounds in the Adirondack and Catskill parks will open on June 19 for the 2020 season. Three additional campgrounds are slated to open June 26, and additional DEC campgrounds and day use areas will open in the coming weeks as DEC works to safely reopen these facilities to meet guidelines in place to protect staff and visitors from the spread of COVID-19. To maintain social distancing and reduce the density of facilities and protect visitors, DEC is not accepting additional reservations or walk-in camping for the 2020 season at this time. Existing reservations will be honored for the DEC campgrounds listed below.

DEC Campgrounds to Open June 19:

Adirondack Park Campgrounds and Day Use Areas

Catskill Park Campgrounds and Day Use Areas

Campgrounds to Open June 26:

For information about campgrounds operated by the State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation visit NYS Parks camping webpage.

Campground Safety

According to the NYForward guidance (leaves DEC’s website) for the reopening of New York State, campgrounds must take precautions to ensure campers maintain appropriate social distancing and adhere to proper cleaning and disinfecting protocols, including but not limited to maintaining six feet of distance between campers, unless wearing an acceptable face covering, and excluding persons from the same household who are camping together. Visit Reserve America for details.

DEC has temporarily stopped issuing permits for backcountry camping for groups of 10 or more. As of June 11, DEC resumed issuing permits for groups of fewer than 10 people who would like to stay for more than three nights at one location on state lands. DEC is also temporarily restricting lean-to use to members of a single household at a time.

Visiting New York State’s Public Lands during the COVID-19 Response

New York State is encouraging people to engage in responsible recreation during the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis. New York State DEC and State Parks recommendations for getting outside safely incorporate guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York State Department of Health for reducing the spread of infectious diseases.

While enjoying outdoor spaces, please continue to follow the CDC/NYSDOH’s guidelines for preventing the spread of colds, flu, and COVID-19:

  • Stay home if you are sick, or showing or feeling any COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, coughing, and/or troubled breathing;
  • Practice social distancing. Keep at least six (6) feet of distance between you and others even when outdoors;
  • Wear a mask when you cannot maintain social distancing;
  • Avoid close contact, such as shaking hands, hugging, and high-fives;
  • Wash hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol when soap and water are not available; and
  • Avoid unnecessary contact with surfaces that are often touched, such as doorknobs and handrails.

DEC and State Parks also encourage visitors to state parks and state lands, and other parks to:

  • Use common sense when visiting the outdoors. Stay local within your region because some amenities like public restrooms and restaurants may not be open.
  • Visit in small groups limited to family members and members of your own household. Maintain a distance from others while in places where people tend to congregate, such as parking lots, trailheads, and scenic overlooks.
  • Know before you go. Plan ahead and make a list of alternate destinations. Beaches and trailheads will be busy. Many state beaches and parks will quickly reach capacity limits on nice weather days. Check parks.ny.gov, and 511.org for park capacity closure alerts.
  • Choose a time to visit when beaches, trails, and parks are likely to be less crowded, such as a weekday or earlier in the day.
  • Park responsibly in designated areas only.
  • Avoid games and activities that require close contact, such as basketball, football, or soccer.
  • Do not share equipment, such as bicycles, helmets, binoculars, balls, or Frisbees.
  • If parking lots are full, please do not park along roadsides or other undesignated areas. To protect your safety and that of others, please choose a different area to visit, or return another time or day when parking is available.
  • Practice ‘Leave No Trace.’ Respect parks and state lands and take out whatever you bring in, including disposable gloves, wipes, masks, and toilet paper.
  • Stay home if you’re sick or if part of a vulnerable population.
  • Be patient. Accept that this summer, you may have to adjust how you enjoy the outdoors to help keep yourself and others healthy and safe, even if it means changing your plans to visit a public space.
  • New Yorkers over 70 years old or with a compromised immune system should not visit public spaces, including those outdoors. These New Yorkers should remain indoors or spend time in the backyard or other personal outdoor space, pre-screen visitors by taking their temperature, and require visitors to wear masks.
  • Visitors to the Adirondack and Catskill Parks are reminded to always follow the Hiker Responsibility Code and avoid busy trailheads. Find trails less traveled and visit when trails may not be as busy during daylight hours. DEC also encourages New Yorkers to be safe and sustainable when recreating outdoors. Learn more about how you can protect natural spaces when exploring outdoors by following the seven principles of Leave No Trace (leaves DEC website). Additional information is available on the DEC website.

DEC Hiring Campground Staff

DEC is seeking seasonal campground staff with all levels of experience and skill sets, including supervisors, security, maintenance, and cleaning staff, and booth workers. If interested, please send an email to campinfo@dec.ny.gov.

https://www.dec.ny.gov/press/press.html

Tourism Department updating local Attractions listings

We are looking to update local Tourist Attractions in the county and need your help.

If you are a local attraction, please Click Here to complete the Tourism Facility Profile Sheet and

email to: tourism@fultonmontgomeryny.org.