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For vacation time, consider local attractions

June 15, 2014
By MARK KILMER , The Leader Herald

Over the weekend of June 7 and 8, I attended the National Trails Days events in Northville, and what a great experience that was. The events commemorated the 90th anniversary of the Northville-Placid Trail and celebrated the trail's new starting location in Northville's Waterfront Park.

There were also 80 vendors of Adirondack-themed art and products, and thousands of visitors from seemingly everywhere; it was a great success on all fronts.

I also took notice of the beauty of Waterfront Park, as well as took the time to walk up and down Main Street and visit its quaint shops. Now, this article is not meant to be about Northville, but more about the confession that follows.

Despite the fact that I grew up in Johnstown and lived less than a mile from the Johnson Hall State Historic Site, and have always had a passion for history, it wasn't until I was in my late 30s that I visited that site. A gem right around the corner, and I failed to notice it until I was well into my adulthood. However, I'm probably not unique when it comes to failing to recognize the many treasures that exist in our own backyard, and the great experience in Northville again reminded me of that fact.

We too often fail to take note of historical wonders and natural splendors that exist in our own region, many of which we may have never experienced.

The Fulton Montgomery Region is unique as to its diversity of great places at which to learn and have fun. In the northern stretches of the region lie the Adirondack Mountains with 44 lakes and its many nature/hiking trails (60 percent of Fulton County sits within the park's boundaries), and in our southern section the Erie Canal and the Mohawk Valley offer rich historical heritage. Our region truly offers something for everyone. Kane Mountain Fire Tower, Schoharie Crossing, Crystal Grove Diamond Mine, Arkell Museum, Hummingbird Hills Winery, Wildlife Sports and Educational Museum, Great Sacandaga Lake, Fort Klock Historic Restoration, and yesJohnson Hall State Historic Site are all on a short list of the many great places to visit in our region.

My point is that with so many wonderful places to go and things to do, and summer vacation time upon us, why not consider taking some time to explore the Fulton Montgomery Region and experience the treasures you may have missed. Everything is within an hour drive from anywhere in our region. Take a day trip and save gas while you explore your own local communities and their treasures.

Whether you thrive on history, wilderness adventure, or if you may be just in the mood for some casual antiquing, apple or berry picking, you can find it right here in our region. Who knows what you might discover.

For more information about tourism in Fulton County, please visit, like the "Visit Fulton County NY" Facebook page, or follow on Twitter @SeeFultonCounty.

You can stop by the Fulton County Visitors Center in Vail Mills seven days a week during the summer months from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and pick up maps, brochures and great information about Fulton County and other regions in New York State. Also visit the Chamber's Gloversville office or Amsterdam location (Riverfront Center) for maps and brochures from throughout the region. For tourism information on Montgomery County visit, or on Facebook "Visit Montgomery County NY."

Mark Kilmer is the president of the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce.



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