Weekend Activity Ideas

Weekend Activity Ideas
Outdoor enthusiasts that are looking for some great weekend activities need to take a look at the upstate region of New York State. Whether it be fishing for steelhead with a professional guide or hiking on a mountain trail, there are plenty of great opportunities to spend some quality time outdoors in upstate New York during the course of a weekend.

Steelhead Fishing

Steelhead trout are native to the Pacific Northwest but have found a home in the Great Lakes region as well. The Salmon River in Pulaski, New York, offers anglers world-class steelhead fishing opportunities from October through May. Located 34 miles from Syracuse's Hancock International Airport, anglers can be off their flight and on the water in under an hour.
Even if you have never fished for steelhead before, there are plenty of professional guides that have all the gear you need to enjoy a day on this incredible watershed. Bring a camera and warm clothes and let the guides do the rest as you drift down the rapid-filled Salmon River. The acrobatic jumps and runs that steelhead make when on your line will have you coming back for more.
Contact Captain Chris Mulpagano of Get the Net Guide Service at 315-387-2623 or Captain Troy Creasy at 315-298-2410 to book your trip.

Hiking in the Adirondack Mountains

The Adirondack hiking trail is broken into six management areas that are all part of the Adirondack Forest Preserve.
The Northern Adirondack area has eight units in this district that offer a variety of rough trails as well as a canoe area. The Northeastern Adirondacks area has five units that allow hikers to gain access to a variety trails, including the Lake Champlain Islands. The High Peaks area is located in Essex County with seven units that provide more mountain trails than any of the other management areas in the Adirondacks. The Central and Southern areas offer eleven units with state forest and primitive access sites. The Eastern area has nine different access locations, giving hikers of all skill levels a choice of scenic trails. Last, the Southeastern area is the smallest of the Adirondack trail areas but offers access to the Lake George Wild Forest.

Cross Country Skiing

Offering the largest snowfall east of the Rocky Mountains, the Tug Hill Plateau is located on the eastern shoreline of Lake Ontario provides cross country skiers with plenty of fresh snow each winter.
The Centennial Recreational Trail is part of the Independence River Wild Forest Unit located near the town of Greig, New York. The Centennial Scoot is a 3.25-mile trail leading out from the Steam Mill trail head and intersects the old historic Glenfield and Western Railroad line. The shorter Bear Ridge trail is 1.6 miles in length but offers scenic views of spruce- and fir-lined ridges.
The Barnes Corners Ski Trail is an expansive series of trails that are ideal for a wide range of skill levels. With a total of ten trails that range in length from less than 1 mile to 2.5 miles, the Barnes Corners Ski Trails offer something for everybody.

Article Written By Brian M. Kelly

Brian M. Kelly has been freelance writing since 2003. His work has been published in respected outdoor magazines such as Outdoor Life, Great Lakes Angler and Salmon Trout Steelheader. He holds an associate's degree in automated machine design from Macomb College.

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