Dear Loyal Customers,
The sun is shining in Old Forge and it is the perfect weather for getting out to enjoy nature. The summer months have brought visitors to the area looking to experience all that the Adirondack Mountains have to offer. For a black bear, hiking through the woods is what I am all about! Although I don't require any fancy equipment I understand that you soft footed types require protection from the elements. My advice to you is stop into Old Forge Hardware for hiking socks and rain gear or click here for backpacks, shirts, and hats. These are essential when facing the unpredictable nature of... well, the unpredictable nature of nature!
Many people visiting the store ask for recommendations on where to hike. With so many options it can be difficult to know which hike is right for you. Below you will find a great guide from the Adirondack Regional Tourism Council. Although this PDF takes a minute to download it is a great resource. It provides trail information like time and distance as well as difficulty ratings so that you can find the hike that fits you best:
The complex nature of some of the trail networks found in the Adirondacks requires that you obtain a good map and guidebook before setting out on most of these hikes. You will find an extensive selection of hiking maps and guides in our bookstore as well as through our online store. We recommend the National Geographic Maps as they are printed on 100% plastic material which is waterproof and tear-resistant. For more information on each product click on the picture:
To explore the plants, animals, and tracks along these hikes the following selections are the next best thing to having a guided tour:
For those hikers that are going for the big one... I mean the big 46:
While enjoying the Adirondack scenery on your next hike be smart, be prepared, and soak in the peaceful nature that is in our nature!
Until next time, remember to "paws"... and take a hike!
Henry the Hardware Store Bear