Escape to Letchworth State Park, Allegany State Park, the Chautauqua Region and More
Why do people love snowmobiling in New York? For starters, there’s abundant snow, over 10,000 miles of trails, and breathtaking scenery to explore! From the Catskill Mountains to the shores of Great Lake Erie, you’ll find wide-open adventures, cool events and warm welcomes.
Groomed and marked snowmobile trails wind around frozen lakes and waterfalls in the Finger Lakes, along the Grand Canyon of the East in Greater Niagara, into the pristine wilderness of the Adirondacks, and over waves of rolling hills in Chautauqua-Allegheny.
Discover snowmobile trails and cozy accommodations at more than 40 New York State Parks. Allegany State Park has some of the finest trails in the Northeast—over 90 miles of groomed trails—along with 150 winterized cabins and cottages. Letchworth State Park offers spectacular snowmobile trails as well as comfy cabins and a lodge at the park’s campground, which connects to the New York State snowmobile trail system. Some resorts offer snowmobiling options for their guests.
Many routes connect towns and villages where rider-friendly restaurants and inns cater to snowmobilers. Old Forge, with over 500 miles of groomed Adirondack snowmobile trails and events like the annual Snodeo, is called the Snowmobile Capital of the East.
In the Thousand Islands-Seaway and Finger Lakes regions, the vast 2,000-square-mile Tug Hill Plateau boasts an average of 200-300 inches of lake-effect snow every year. Winona State Forest, about an hour north of Syracuse, has endless miles of forested trails ideal for snowmobiling.
Plan your adventure before heading out. Check out the New York State Snowmobile Association for information on snowmobile clubs, events, rider-friendly inns, trail maps and helpful tips. New York State offers a Snowmobile Safety Course for snowmobilers age 10 and older. Successful completion of the course results in the award of a NYS Snowmobile Safety Certificate.
It’s fun to travel with a pack. For a quick and easy start, try a snowmobile tour with one of many outfitters such as Escape Rentals & Tours, Snow Tours Inc or White Lake Snow Tours. On a New York snowmobile trail, you’ll see everything from a bold fresh perspective. Dress up warm and start your engines!
• Allegany State Park
• Escape Rentals and Tours
• Letchworth State Park
• New York State Parks
• New York State Snowmobile Association
• NYS Snowmobile Trail System
• Snow Tours Inc
• Snowmobile Safety Courses
• Snowmobiling Links
• Tug Hill Plateau
• Where to Stay
• White Lake Snow Tours
• Winona State Forest
For an entire season of adventure, discover the thrill of snowmobiling in New York. Whichever trails you follow, you’ll see everything from a bold fresh perspective. Start your engines!
A few safety tips to keep in mind:
- Don’t drink and drive
- Make sure you’ve completed a recognize snowmobile safety training course
- Always wear appropriate attire and a helmet
- Make sure to check your brakes, fuel and belt drive before going out
- Avoid frozen or seemingly frozen waterways
- Don’t speed, and bring along a survival kit.
- Respect people’s property by always getting permission before snowmobiling on private land
- Obey trespassing signs and stay on designated trails
- Check with local officials before using public land
- Share the trails and drive carefully when non-snomobilers are out
- Don’t litter