Step Outside - New York WELCOME TO STEP OUTSIDE! Find the best outdoor fun near you! en-us 30 http://stepoutside.org/ Step Outside - New York 144 144 http://stepoutside.org/ https://cdnstep-americantownscom.netdna-ssl.com/img/stepoutside_logo.gif Mon, 23 Jul 2018 08:42:05 -0500 7 Best Motorsport Retailers in New York Hitting the trails on your ATV or dirt bike is messy, fun, and one of the most exhilarating ways to explore New York State. New to the sport or want to modify your off-roading vehicle? Check out these best seven motorsport and rental locations across New York! 

This upstate New York driving school teaches pupils how to navigate off-pavement conditions across its 68 natural acres in a Jeep or other four-by-four vehicle. Instructors are provided, and rentals and private lessons are available.

This Adirondack adventure tour company lets users drive a Polaris RZR ATV on a tour across its 170-acre wooded landscape. Training, guides, and safety features like roll cages are provided.

Big little vacay adventures >> #DoGoodSummer #ridingdirty

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This full-service four-wheel drive retailer is dedicated to helping its customers amplify and modify their trucks. Promising “Your truck will be wild,” the shop sells lift kits, wheels, tires, and an array of other accessories.

Whatever you need to prep your vehicle for its off-roading adventure, WNY Accessory Shop likely has it in stock. From tires and winches to lift kits and various trailers, they’ll keep you riding comfortably.

If you want a custom truck in Western New York, Jim Dean’s is the shop to turn to. For over 30 years, they’ve earned a reputation for customer satisfaction with everything from repairs to modifications.

One of the best ways to explore Whiteface Mountain is by off-roading. Rent an all-terrain vehicle and join a one or two-hour tour of some of the most beautiful scenery in the Adirondacks.

Appolson’s offers a full range of off-roading vehicles from brands like Polaris, KYMCO, and Yamaha. They also service and repair the vehicles to keep them running smoothly.

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SPOTLIGHT: Things to Do in and Around Letchworth State Park Picture the Genesee River cutting through dramatic cliffs and rolling green hills, throw in some scenic waterfalls, and you’ve got Letchworth State Park. This lush canyon, located on the western edge of the Finger Lakes region, has inspired awe for hundreds of years—it’s even earned the nickname, “Grand Canyon of the East.” A trip to Letchworth affords ample opportunity for hiking, photography, camping, horseback riding, and a lot more. Here are the best things to do in and around the park! 

One of the most magnificent places in the eastern United States, Letchworth State Park is a sight to behold all year-round. With tumbling cliffs, some as high as 600 feet, 66 miles of hiking trails, and opportunity for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing, the activities are endless. 

Follow the popular Gorge Trail, which traces the Genesee throughout seven miles of the park. The hiking trail passes picturesque waterfalls and vistas like Inspiration Point, as well as several picnic areas.

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Pause for a moment to get a bird’s eye view of the Genesee meandering through the gorge, complete with a hilly landscape on either side, a cascading waterfall, and a towering bridge above it all.

Letchworth State Park has over 250 campsites throughout the park with access to bathrooms, showers, firewood, and recreation like a swimming pool and volleyball courts. These sites are open from May to October. For the winter explorers, check out the cabin rentals. Visit the Reserve America website for more information about booking your charming rustic cabin. 

Wealthy businessman William Pryor Letchworth fell in love with the land in the 19th century and bought it to establish an estate. Later in life, he donated a thousand acres of the land to the state for use as a natural preserve. The William Pryor Letchworth Museum contains a detailed history of the park as well as Native American artifacts from the industrialist’s personal collection.

The mouthwatering menu at Hole in the Wall will surely sate your appetite after some time spent working hard outdoors. This restaurant serves everything from home-style chicken and biscuits to an impressive beef on weck. Whatever you feel like, you’ll find something hearty and delicious at Hole in the Wall. 

Now your belly is full and you’re ready to really unwind. Head to Amber Lantern Brewing in Warsaw, New York, for a delicious cold one. The extensive beer list features everything from “A Porter Has No Name,” described as a “velvety and rich,” “chocolate and coffee” porter, to the Saint Bernard, described as a “winter warmer,” “deeply malty and warming” made with orange peel and cinnamon. Delicious! 

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9 Best Bait and Tackle Shops in New York Whether you cast your line on the Hudson River, Montauk Point, or out at sea, having the right gear can mean the difference between success and failure. New York anglers are graced with some of the best bait and tackle shops around. Trust the experts at these esteemed shops across that state.

Run by seasoned fisherman Paulie, this Montauk fishing establishment provides professional and recreational fishers with the full spectrum of supplies. Expect to find everything from custom rods to seasonal fresh and frozen bait.

Fishers around Sheepshead Bay rely on the expertise and full selection of Stella Maris Bait & Tackle to aid them out on the water. They stock everything from rods, rigs, and reels to live, seasonal bait.

Located near the New York coast of Lake Champlain, this bait and tackle shop is run by the friendly and knowledgeable Norm, who stocks everything you need for a successful fishing trip on the lake.

Founded in 1952, Thousand Island Bait Store carries the lures you need to catch panfish, bass, northern pike, walleye, and muskie in the St. Lawrence River. 

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If you want to go fishing in the Hamptons, East End Bait & Tackle is a shop to check out. Selling clothing and equipment like rods, reels, and tackle from high-quality brands, this bait and tackle shop has you covered.

With a motto like “We’re not the biggest, just the best,” you can expect a lot from this fishing shop in the Catskills region. The shop stocks everything you need for fly fishing out on the river, including attire, fishing rods, and bait.

Catskills Flies - Roscoe, NY #flyfishing #shoplocal

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Hudson River fishing enthusiasts should make River Basin Sports their first stop from March through November. Selling rods, reels, lures, and accessories and doling out expert information about fishing on the Hudson, this shop has earned a great reputation in the area.

Rochester’s premier fishing supply, this shop will “hook you up” with all manner of equipment—from fishing rods and lines to lures, baits, and electronics.

This Sag Harbor bait and tackle shop is extremely well-stocked, with the largest supply of salt water flies on Long Island’s East End. The store sells rods, reels, lures, and more, and its experienced employees perform repairs when you need them.

Which one do you thing will work best in saltwater reeds

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10 Best Outdoor Festivals in New York Looking for a day outdoors to celebrate wildlife, mountain biking, and other outdoor recreation? You’ve come to the right place. New York’s mild summer and fall weather make it one of the best places to enjoy a day outside, and there’s always something worth celebrating. From festivals and fundraisers to boat shows and races, you’ll want to get off the couch and into the sunshine at these 10 best outdoor festivals in New York!

This epic 10-day event in the busiest city in the country is the best way to reconnect with nature without leaving the concrete jungle. Outdoor enthusiasts can unite to share their passion for the great outdoors and transform the city into a harmonious blend of natural and urban surroundings. Part of the event includes an optional campout that features 24 hours of yoga, slacklining, tent living, hammocks, outdoor games, trail running classes, and workshops teaching outdoor skills like starting a fire. It’s the best combination of city and outdoor living you’ll find in the state. The event is sponsored by some of the best names in outdoor lifestyles, including ClifColumbiaSalomonFilson, and Sierra Nevada. Event organizers include Sailors NYC, New York City Wild, Best Made CompanyRooftop RedsRed Hook Boaters, and Gotham Bicycle Tours, among others.

Home to over one million acres of the Adirondack State Park, Hamilton County’s annual Birding Festival is THE time and place to discover the amazing birds of the Adirondacks. The festival includes lodging for three nights at the Sagamore birdwatching excursions, a dinner cruise on the W.W. Durant, barbecue night, live music, and much more. 

Celebrating 28 years and counting, the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival is isn’t your typical boat race. Dragon boat racing is an ancient Chinese event dating back over 2,000 years. Included on the festival itinerary are the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York, Echo Music jam band, dance troupe, Shaolin masters, storytelling by Jonathan Kruk, an arts and crafts tent, and more. This two-day adventure takes place in Flushing Meadows Park and is open free to the public. 

This thrilling bike adventure spans three days and plenty of activities for adults and kids alike. You and your group can camp on-site and enjoy live music, local brews and food, group bike rides, and bike demos. There’s also a kids-only mountain bike race so they can get in on the action. The huge network of trails here takes you to some of the best views of the Adirondacks and forest, including a three-mile downhill run that will leave you breathless.

Celebrating its 56th year, this four-day canoe race is the one of the most highly anticipated spring events in New York. They offer a race for every skill level, from five miles up to 70 miles, as well as 5K for those who’d rather not leave dry land. There’s always a selection of kiddie rides, live music, vendors, and better-than-fair food to make you want to attend every day of the event.

This four-day dirt bike fest is sure to get your motor revvin’! Dedicated to all things dirty and daring, this event is packed with adventure rides through Adirondack Park, bike demos, obstacles, contests, and the on-site Adventure Bike School. Whether you’re interested in learning the ways of the dirt bike or have been riding for years, this event will keep you on the edge of your seat and in high gear from start to finish line. Vendors this year include AJP MotorcyclesMotoVermontADV MotoSuzukiBeta MotorcyclesZowa Optics, and Scramblers and Schemers, among other top names.

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There’s no better time to explore Wildwood State Park than when fall comes knocking. This family-friendly fall festival features craft vendors, a petting zoo, pony rides, inflatables, and other games to delight kids and their parents. Just $10 per car grants you access to all the fun, plus you can enjoy all the other great features of Wildwood State Park, including camping, hiking trails, picnic areas, and playgrounds.

Hosted by the Wildlife Educators Coalition, this animal-loving festival in Letchworth State Park will feature over 100 animals on display, from birds to wild cats to reptiles and more. Highlighting both local wildlife and exotic animals, guests can enjoy live animal shows, kid-friendly activities, a petting zoo, food trucks and more. If you’ve ever wanted to get up close to animals, this is your perfect chance—and it’s free!

This competitive paddling event is just as thrilling for bystanders as it is for the athletes. Enjoy one last boat outing before cold weather sets at this day-long regatta, with registration starting at the Adirondack Hotel. Competitors will push off from Long Lake Town Beach and venturing to the south end of the lake before coming back for a grand finish.

Sweetbriar Nature Center’s annual wildlife and craft fair has a little something for everyone: games, animal shows, craft vendors, live music, and face painting kick off the event. But the real crowning jewel of the festival will be the grand opening of their enclosed Butterfly Garden, where you’ll be guaranteed to see more butterflies during this festival than any other day. At just $10 per carload, you can’t get a better value for entertainment.

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5 Best Fishing Holes in New York Blessed with two Great Lakes, miles of Atlantic Ocean coastline, and rivers teeming with prized fish, New York State is a fisherman’s paradise. Here are 10 excellent spots to cast a line in New York.

Spanning the border between Vermont, Quebec, and the Adirondacks, this long, narrow upstate New York lake is both beautiful and bountiful. It’s a popular place to hook salmon, northern pike, trout, and more.

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Clear Creek has over 5.5 miles of public fishing available and the creek is known for its bountiful fish populations. Expect to hook brown and rainbow trout here. The largest brown trout sampled here was 18.3 inches and the largest rainbow trout was 11.3 inches.   

Lake Ontario is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the entire world. It is around 200 miles-long and stretches all the way from the Niagara River to the St. Lawrence River. Expect to find plenty of chinook, trout, bass, coho salmon, and walleye, among other great fish. This is truly a trophy fishing spot in New York State. 

Divided into two sections by the Cannonsville Reservoir, the West Branch of the Delaware River is an optimal destination for snagging bass, rainbow trout, and brown trout. Upstream, the river is stocked with over 14,000 brown trout. Smallmouth bass and rainbow trout are just two types of fish that can be found in the warm waters of the Delaware.

With 106 miles of shoreline and 435 feet of depth, Cayuga Lake is the second largest of the Finger Lakes region. Expect to find a variation of fish here, including both warm and cold water species. Anglers can hook anything from lake trout and Atlantic salmon to channel catfish and lake sturgeon. 

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5 Best Dirt Motorcycle Trails in New York Experience the great outdoors on a dirt bike track or trail in New York. Whether you’re a beginner looking for riding tips, a seasoned woods enthusiast, or an avid racer, New York State has plenty of motocross and dirt biking facilities to choose from. Ranging from private tracks in the Hudson Valley to sports centers with regularly-scheduled races, here are the five best dirt biking trails in the state. 

This private motocross club is devoted to the sport, frequently hosting races on its 75-acre property. There’s a three-mile motocross track, a peewee track, and a woods course.

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Walden has been providing dirt bikers a racing space for over 50 years. The Hudson Valley dirt bike facility hosts motocross races on two tracks at the same time, which many other facilities do not do.

Proudly hosting motocross races, Broome Tioga Sports Center welcomes New York dirt bike riders to spectate, practice riding, or participate in the races themselves. There are three racing tracks, including a national track and a grass track for bigger races.

With a large main racing track, kids’ tracks, wooded trails, and beginner lessons, Area 51 is a destination for riders of all kinds in Western New York. Admission is $25 for visitors and $5 for members.

Ten miles of wooded trails make up this lush dirt biking and ATV-riding park. There are also campsites, RV parking areas, boat rentals, a swimming pool, and tennis and basketball courts.

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5 Best Birdwatching Hikes in New York Watching rare and beautiful birds in the wild can be a truly awe-inspiring experience. New York is a birdwatcher’s paradise, with wilderness and nature preserves beckoning birds across the state. Here are five great birding hikes to discover in New York. 

With a location so close to JFK Airport, you might not expect it, but this 9,000-acre refuge is one of the top birdwatching destinations in the East. More than 300 species of birds have been seen there, and walking permits for trails around the center’s two large ponds are free.

Black-bellied Plover #blackbelliedplover #shorebirds #jamaicabaywildliferefuge

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Dozens of duck species, geese, and other types of waterfowl occupy this wildlife refuge on the northern tip of Lake Cayuga. The wetlands are also home to six active bald eagle nests.

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Over five miles of nature trails allow birding enthusiasts to view species like eastern bluebird, red-winged blackbird, and yellow warbler up close, and in close proximity you’ll find camping and hiking opportunities in Allegany State Park.

Name that bird #audubon #bird #trees🌳

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From March to May, Derby Hill becomes home to a spectacular number of hawks, eagles, and vultures, as well as scores of birdwatching enthusiasts. The birds migrate over Lake Ontario in spring, and Derby Hill is the point where they often turn east.

In the winter months, thousands of gulls feed on fish in Niagara Falls. Birdwatchers on each side of the majestic falls might spy Iceland gull, back-legged kittiwake, and more, earning it the nickname “Gull Capital of the World.”

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SPOTLIGHT: S&S Taxidermy Archery Pro Shop http://stepoutside.org/article/spotlight-ss-taxidermy-archery-pro-shop http://stepoutside.org/article/spotlight-ss-taxidermy-archery-pro-shop Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0600 A beginner’s guide: Ice fishing Vin T. Sparano, as excerpted from Complete Outdoors Encyclopedia: Camping, Fishing, Hunting, Boating, Wilderness Survival, First Aid

 

 

Ice fishing differs greatly from open-water fishing, and it is a demanding sport. It requires an understanding of and an ability to cope with winter weather, knowledge of the cold-weather habits of the fish, and the use of an unusual assortment of gear, most of it unique to ice fishing.

There are two basic ice-fishing methods: tip-up fishing and jigging. In general, tip-ups are usually used on larger fish—pike, pickerel, walleyes, trout, and such—that prefer bait and require the angler to play the waiting game. Jigging is usually preferred for smaller fish that tend to school up—bluegills, perch, crappies, and the like. But these are merely generalizations, not hard-and-fast rules. For example, jigging (sometimes called chugging) is often quite productive on big lake trout and salmon in the Great Lakes. 

Also called tilts, these come in various styles, but they all perform two basic functions: they hold a baited line leading from a revolving-type reel spool, and they signal the bite of a fish. The most common type of tip-up consists of three strips of wood, each about 18 inches long. Two are cross pieces that form an X as they span the hole. The third piece is an upright; at its bottom end is attached a simple line-holding spool, while the upper end holds the signaling device. The signal is usually a piece of very flexible spring steel with a red (some anglers prefer black) flag on the end. After the hook is baited and lowered to the desired depth, the steel arm is “cocked”—bent over and down and hooked onto a “trigger.” When a fish strikes, an arm on the revolving spool releases the steel arm and it flies erect.

In this type of tip-up, the reel is positioned underwater. In other variations, the reel is positioned above the ice. Each type has its advantages. The above-the-ice reel can be more sensitively adjusted for light-biting fish, but the line tends to freeze on the reel once it gets wet. The underwater reel largely eliminates the problem of freezing, but the fisherman must remove the tip-up from the hole before he can grab the line.

Baits for tip-up fishing are usually live. In general, it pays to match the size of the bait to the size of the fish you’re after. Baits range from tiny maggots (often called mousies) and grubs for panfish, to worms and small minnows for walleyes, and up to 6-inch baitfish for pike. 

As done by ice fishermen, jigging is simply a method of imparting an up-and-down movement to a lure or bait. Jigging can be—and is—done with any sort of line-holding rod or stick. 

Some jigging rods—more appropriately called sticks—are simply pieces of wood 18 inches or so long, with U-shaped notches in each end. The line—10-pound-test monofilament is very popular—is wound lengthwise onto the stick around the U-shaped notches and is paid out as needed. There are other types of jigging sticks of varying designs, and many ice anglers use standard spinning or spincast rods or the butt half of a fly rod. 

Rods made specially for ice jigging are simple affairs consisting of a fiberglass tip section that is 2 or 3 feet long seated in a short butt. The butt may have a simple revolving-spool reel or merely a pair of heavy-wire projections around which the line is wound. The tip section may have two to four guides, including the tip guide. The shortness of such a rod lets the user fish up close to the hole and have better control over the lure or bait at the end of his line. 

There are many and varied jigging lures and baits, but flashiness is built into most of them. Others produce best when “sweetened” with bait. Two popular jigging lures are: an ungainly looking critter with a heavy body shaped and painted to resemble a baitfish, a hook at each end and a treble hook in the middle of its underside, and a line-tie ring in the middle of its upper surface; and a long, slim, three- or four-sided, silvery model with a treble hook at one end and a line-tie ring at the other. 

Jigging methods vary with the fisherman and with the fish being sought. However, a productive way to fish many jigging lures, especially flashier types, is to twitch the lure slightly and then jerk it suddenly upward with a quick upward movement of the arm. The proper interval between jerks is learned with experience. 

Popular jigging baits include a single perch eye (either impaled on a small hook or used to sweeten a tiny hair or rubber-bodied ice fly), worms, grubs, maggots, insect larvae, minnows, and cut bait (pieces of skin or flesh that are cut from the tail or body of such fish as smelt and perch). 

Jiggers tend to move around more than tip-up fishermen, boring holes in different areas until they find a productive spot. 

Like most other forms of fishing, ice angling requires some auxiliary equipment. Most ice anglers prefer to keep such gear to a minimum, for they have to haul it with them wherever they go on the ice. 

If you’re going to fish through holes in the ice, you need something to make those holes. The ice auger is a popular tool for this job. Augers come in different designs. One has a long handle with a U-shaped bend at the top, and a rounded cutting blade at the bottom. The handle is turned much like that of a manual drill, and the blade cuts a round hole through the ice. Another type looks like a giant ice drill with sharp, widely spaced threads. It is used in the same way. Gasoline-powered ice drills are also available. 

Then there’s the ice spud or chisel. This is a heavy metal handle with a large, chisel-type blade at the bottom. The spud’s weight helps the angler punch down through the ice, but the user must shape the hole once he has broken through. 

An indispensable item of accessory gear is the ice skimmer, a ladle-type device that is used to keep the hole clear of ice chips and chunks and to skim ice. A heavy sinker will serve the same purpose. 

Many ice anglers like to use an attached spring clip. It is attached to the fishing line and used to determine the water depth—an important factor because in winter most game fish are found on or near the bottom. 

Winter is the time of year when ice fishermen venture out onto frozen waters. Most will have fun, but a few will get into trouble because they don’t know how to make sure that the ice is safe. The first rule is never take chances. There are two periods when accidents are likely to happen: early in the season when slush ice doesn’t freeze uniformly and late in the season when ice melts at an uneven rate. It takes prolonged periods of freezing to make ice safe. Here are some rules to remember: 

Be cautious of heavy snowfalls while ice is forming. Snow acts as an insulator. The result is a layer of slush and snow on top of treacherous ice. 

Clear, solid river ice is 15 percent weaker than clear lake ice. 

River ice is thinner midstream than near the banks. 

River mouths are dangerous because currents create pockets of unsafe ice. 

When walking with friends, stay 10 yards apart. 

Lakes that have a lot of springs will have weak spots of ice. 

 

 

 

 

About the author:

Vin T. Sparano is the author of Complete Outdoors Encyclopedia as well as three other guides for Rizzoli

He has been an outdoor editor and writer for more than fifty years. He is editor emeritus of Outdoor Life, and has written and edited more than fifteen books about the outdoors. In 2013, he was inducted into the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame.

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10 Best Archery Outfitters in New York If you’re a seasoned sportsman, skilled hunter, or you’re just looking to pick up a new hobby, equipping yourself with the proper gear is necessary for a successful archery outing. And in New York State, the professional staff and top-of-the-line products at your local archery outfitters will have you ready to go in no time. Here are the best.  

With bows, arrows, calls, and clothing from top manufacturers for sale, this pro shop aims to serve archery enthusiasts at any stage. The shop’s staff can Leagues and classes are also available.

This small chain of archery shops in the Hudson Valley strives to make the sport accessible to all. Flying Arrow Sports sells archery gear for both target practice and hunting, plus starter kits. Ranges, leagues, lessons, and financing are all available. Find locations in Carmel, East Greenbush, and Wappingers Falls. 

Archery day #targetpractice #bowandarrows #shooting #archery #funday #newyorkstate

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If you’re looking for archery and hunting bows in Westchester, turn to Extreme Archery. The shop is an authorized dealer of the brands Hoyt, Bear, Elite, and more. Technicians on staff will fine-tune and install all gear and accessories at no charge, and a 20-yard indoor range is available for practice and lessons.

This full-service Brooklyn pro shop has certified technicians for Bowtech, PSE, Elite, and other brands, who can tune-up or modify your equipment to ensure the best experience possible. It’s located within a 7,500-square-foot facility in Gowanus with 43 practice lanes.

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This robust archery facility features a pro shop with compound bows, recurve bows, arrows, and accessories for sale. Queens Archery also runs a youth program, target league, and tournament.

First time 😁🎯

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For over 35 years, this Long Island archery shop has served the needs of both seasoned and novice archers. The shop has a full line of bows and crossbows from brands like Hoyt, Martin, and Mission, plus an indoor shooting range, leagues, and lessons.

This one-stop-shop in the Adirondacks sells premium brands of archery equipment and accessories, including compounds, recurves, arm guards, finger tabs, safety harnesses, and more. The shop also has a 20-yard range to practice in. 

The pro shop at Neil’s Archery & Crossbow has been called “the most detailed pro shop in the [Binghamton] area.” It’s staffed by experienced archers and stocked with all manner of equipment and accessories. Neil’s Archery & Crossbow has a 40-yard indoor target range and runs several leagues to step up your skills.

Since 1969, this archery store has been serving the residents of Western New York.  The “state-of-the-art Archery Pro Shop” features brands like Mathews, Elite, Mission, and Bowtech, and the store contains a 40-yard indoor range as well as an interactive video range.

Still got it 🎯 #hoyt #hoytbuffalo #archery #bowandarrow #recurvebow

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Boasting a huge selection of archery and hunting gear, this shop also contains a target range for practicing the sport, as well as lessons. Bows, crossbow, and accessories are sold for men, women, and children.

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10 Best Ski and Snowboard Stores in New York If you’re planning on hitting the slopes this winter season, outfitting yourself with the right gear is crucial. Whether you’re just putting on skis for the first time or your long-loved gear needs updating, the local, expertly-staffed ski and snowboard shops of New York State are here to help. Check out our favorites. 

Family-run since 1945, what began as a small sport shop has since expanded into multiple locations and become the area’s authority on ski and snowboard equipment. The shops sell equipment and apparel from the top brands in winter sports, including Armada, Volkl, and Rossignol

Since 1962, this year-round ski and snowboard shop has been a magnet for winter-sports enthusiasts.  The staff can make recommendations, perform repairs and tune-ups, and provide rental equipment for your time on the slopes.

Consistently voted one of the best ski and snowboard shops in the area, this shop stocks top brands like Volkl, Rossignol, and Salomon, and boasts a staff with some serious winter spot expertise.

Since 1975, this outdoor gear store in the heart of the Adirondacks has been trying and testing its own equipment to ensure the utmost quality standards. As a result, whether you’re seeking ski or snowboard gear, the staff has expertise and can help you make the right decision.

Skis, boots, poles, bindings, snowboards, snowshoes, and all the apparel that goes with it—whatever your winter sport of choice, Alpine Sport Shop has it in stock. The staff has expertise and can help you find what you want.

With a knowledgeable staff and a diverse selection of cross-country and downhill skis and snowboards, this Lake Placid shop will meet your winter sporting needs. They also have a “recyclery” upstairs, with secondhand gear for discounted prices.

Named after a Norse sea god and run by local New Yorkers who surf, skate, and snowboard, this gorgeous, light-filled store sells only the type of high-quality gear that the owners would use themselves.

With an enormous selection of ski and snowboard gear, this flagship SoHo store has everything you need to hit the slopes. In addition to high-quality equipment and gear, the staff at the store is extremely knowledgeable and willing to help.

Since 1961, this Westchester ski gear shop has been providing snow sports enthusiasts with top-quality gear, equipment, and services like tuning and repairs.

In the winter, this shop transforms into a full-service ski and snowboard shop. With locations in Greenvale, Levittown, Farmingdale, Lake Grove, and Ronkonkoma, this store stocks everything from clothing and helmets to skis and board from brands like Rossignol, K2, and Burton.

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10 Best Ski Destinations for Families in New York Once the snow starts falling, it’s time to hit the ski trails—and teach your young ones how to ski that fresh powder. Whether you’re into downhill skiing, cross-country, or snowboarding, there’s a place in New York for you. Here are 10 excellent ski areas for families that can be found across New York State.

Affordable and accessible by Metro-North train, this small, family-owned ski area is a great option for city-dwelling families who don’t want to drive to their snow-sport destination.

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This state-owned mountain has a laid-back vibe, affordable prices, and some exhilarating Catskills trails. Its 55 trails include plenty of options for beginners just finding their way on skis.

This Hudson Valley resort is open for outdoor fun year-round, and in winter, ski instruction is available. Take your little ones to this winter wonderland to try out the sport for the first time. If they don’t like it, there’s plenty of other options like ice skating and snow tubing to enjoy!

This family resort in New York’s accessible Catskills Mountains has 48 trails and includes a beginner area. The resort also offers snow tubing, ice skating, snow shoeing, and an adventure park for the more daring family members.

Located in the Finger Lakes region, this 32-trail mountain resort is geared toward family fun. If anyone tires of the snow, there’s a spa for adults and an indoor water park for the kids.

Just two hours north of New York City, this three-peak ski resort is among the most popular winter-sport destinations in the state. In addition, Hunter Mountain also has slope-side accommodations and 1,000-foot-long snow tubing lanes.

With 38 trails, free admission for kids under age seven, and a base elevation of 2,200 feet, this ski resort is perfect for kids and families. If you’re staying the night, add some excitement to the trip by staying at the Roxbury Motel.

For families looking for a ski destination near Buffalo, Holiday Valley is a great option. The kid-friendly trails, ski-in/out lodging, and snow-making technology make this resort a top choice in the region.

Offering free lessons three times a day, this Warwick ski area is extremely friendly for families. They even offer a special ski school for toddlers, called Pete’s Pals. If you live in the area, consider signing your child up for one of their racing teams, too!

Located in the buzzing ski town of Lake Placid, families who visit this premier ski mountain can enjoy a range of enjoyable activities off the slope. Everything from bobsledding, luging, and dog sledding can be experienced near this Adirondack resort.

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Start Your Trek: 7 Best Hiking Retailers in New York One of life’s greatest pleasures is spending time in the woods. Whether you’re a leisurely weekend hiker, a heavy-duty backpacker, or something in between, it’s essential to be prepared for a hike with the right gear. Here are 10 great places to buy hiking gear in New York State.

This Adirondacks-region outdoor gear retailer sells anything you need to conquer the High Peaks of the Adirondacks. The store is amply stocked with hiking and backpacking gear, including headlamps, trekking poles, and snowshoes. 

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Thruway Sporting Goods, located in the historic Thruway Shopping Center, has been serving its community high-quality gear for decades. This Walden, New York, store has everything from Columbia backpacks and Black Diamond trekking poles to Garmin compasses and Adventure Medical Kits

Popular with Western New Yorkers who love the outdoors, Gear for Adventure has become the go-to local outdoor gear and apparel retailer for the region. Expect to find everything from apparel to equipment for your next trek. 

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Tents & Trails will prepare you for just about anything. The New York store offers all the hiking essentials like boots, backpacks, and the proper apparel, but it also offers things like first aid kits, hydration packs, and other survival gear, because when you’re an intense hiker, you just never know what kind of situation you could run into. 

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Old Goat Gear Exchange’s mission is to “not only educate you about the gear you’ll be using, but the places you’ll be using it.” Old Goat’s selection of products includes used, new, and sample items. You’ll find brands like Marmot and Outdoor Research and hiking equipment like hydration packs and breathable clothing. 

With five locations in upstate New York, Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company has become a local favorite. Find all the hiking boots, backpacks, maps, and outdoor clothing you’ll need for your next adventure at Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company. Their selection and service are unparalleled. 

Nothing beats this classic Ithaca shop. This family-owned business has been around for over 60 years, providing the public with Smartwool socks, North Face jackets and above all, a personal customer service you won’t find just anywhere. 

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Camping Done Right: 7 Best Outdoor Stores in New York Camping is among New Yorkers’ most cherished pastimes. And with the abundance of pristine forests, lakes, and mountains across the state, it’s no wonder why this outdoor activity is so popular. The key to any successful camping trip, however, is the right gear. Here are the seven best outdoor retailers with camping equipment in New York State! 

This top-rated outdoor store tucked away in a picturesque Adirondack community has everything you could ever need for a camping trip. Blue Line Sports carries tents, sleeping bags, lanterns, stoves, and more, from big brands like Coleman, Granite Gear, Sea to Summit, and more.   

The name says it all. Gear for Adventure is prepared to outfit you for any kind of outdoor experience. At this awesome Hamburg store, you’ll find trekking poles for those tough hikes, water treatment gear in case you find yourself without fresh water, binoculars for birdwatching opportunities, and much more! 

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Since 1908, this New York City sporting goods store has been the authority on sports gear of all kinds, and camping equipment is no exception. The store has a wide variety of equipment to offer, from the basics like tents and sleeping bags to commodities like cookware and furniture.

To deck yourself out in camping gear at a reasonable price, check out “Herb” Phillipson’s of Rome, New York. You’ll find Adventure Medical Kits in case of emergency, Backpacker’s Pantry snacks to fuel up fast, and a variety of tents to keep you all snuggled up at night. 

Although the financial district of Manhattan may seem like a unique choice for a camping store, Tent & Trails means business—they promise to “outfit you for the Catskills to Katmandu.” They sell everything you need for a serious camping trip, from hiking boots and tents, to cookware and navigation gear.

Located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, this green barn houses an enormous variety of recreational gear. Their camping selection includes tents, sleeping bags, lighting, cookware, and just about any other category you might be searching for.

Mayhood’s in Norwich, New York, is your go-to spot for all things camping. Here you’ll find shelters, portable heaters, emergency supplies, bug spray, and much more! Shop from brands like Zippo for lighters, Stansport for sleeping bags and pads, and Eureka! for tents. 

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5 Awesome Trail Running Spots in New York Running outside is a meditative experience for many, and New York is a wonderland for those who want to escape into nature during their workouts. Get a healthy dose of farms, lakes, hills, and wilderness on these popular trail running routes around the state.

A segment of the Appalachian Trail runs through Fahnestock State Park, making this woodsy, self-guided running trail a great place to lace up your running shoes.

Witness charming scenes of farm buildings and ponds along these dirt paths, which are ideal for trail runners in the Poughkeepsie area. There is the easy Farm Road trail, which is roughly 1.5 miles. The more moderate trails include Collin’s Trail, North Trail, Swain Trail, Wright Trail, and Davies Trail—all of which barely exceed one mile. For more of a challenge try the Drumlin Trail, Helen Johnson Woodworth Memorial Trail, or Quercus Trail. 

Check out one of the roughly 46 miles of designated hiking trails at Minnewaska State Park. The trails stretch out around Lake Minnewaska. As you work out, you’ll also take in several gorgeous vistas. Running has never been so beautiful! 

You’ll escape into nature when you run up Scarface Mountain, a densely-wooded trail in the Adirondacks. The roughly four-mile running path becomes steep and rocky as you ascend the mountain. This can take several hours to hike, so come prepared! 

This portion of the Abbott Loop is a wonderful Ithaca-area trek. Abbott Loop East is 3.5 miles and moderately difficult. Along the way, you’ll soak in beautiful sights of the surrounding wilderness and cross a footbridge over a stream. This hike is considered to be a good running location. 

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