Welcome to the Adirondacks Tug Hill Region! Lewis County offers the best of both worlds: an area where residents enjoy a healthy and safe lifestyle; businesses flourish; and outdoor recreational opportunities abound! Located in the Northern Zone of New York State, Lewis County offers an exciting variety of “low pressure” conditions ranging from rural to total wilderness. You can enjoy the convenience of a motel, the warmth of a bed & breakfast, the freshness of roadside camping, or backpacking into remote areas.
Recreation is in no short supply in Lewis County. With four-season activities, a large variety of trails, and breathtaking scenery, the region attracts thousands of visitors every year. Within the county, the terrain varies from the Adirondack Forest Preserve to the Black River Valley to the Tug Hill Plateau. Located between Lake Ontario and the Adirondacks, Tug Hill sees the most snowfall in the eastern portion of the nation, providing endless adventure for the winter enthusiast.
Tug Hill is a very remote and rural area that is heavily forested, but also offers farmland along the Black River Valley. There is an abundance of wildlife in the region and numerous waterways for hunting and fishing.
There is an abundance of reforestation areas that are used for recreational activities such as hiking, mountain biking, and ATVing, to name a few.
Composed of four Upstate New York counties – Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, and Oswego – there are several attractions found in and around the small villages and communities:
Here you will find handmade furniture, crafts, pure maple syrup, roadside produce stands and many retail shops for that perfect vacation memento.
The Adirondack Foothills in the eastern section of the county represent a descent from the mountain country of the central area of the Adirondacks. Elevations vary and much of the area is forested. Adirondack Park consists of approximately 6 million acres of constitutionally protected state land. On the western edge of the Adirondack Park are two public forest areas that are managed by the State Department of Environmental Conservation; Independence River Wild Forest and the Independence River and Otter Creek State Forest. Combined, they have about 65 miles of wonderful horse riding trails called The Otter Creek Horse Trails.