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Toward the end of the 19th century until the mid-20th century, up to 90% of gloves sold in the United States were made in only one place: Gloversville, New York. An hour's drive away from Albany, Gloversville was first settled by New England Puritans in the late 18th century. The abundance of clear water and hemlock bark (used in leather tanning) eventually lured skilled workers from Europe's glove-making centers, reshaping the physical layout of the town and its cultural heritage to reflect the German, Polish, and Italian roots of its new residents.
For nature lovers, Gloversville's appeal lies in its location in Fulton County which prides itself as "the land of 44 lakes." In turn, Fulton County is located where the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains meet the Mohawk Valley. This is an area blessed with thousands of acres of wild forest and hundreds of miles of hiking, skiing, and snowmobiling trails. It’s a vast ground to cover so search for an RV in Fulton County today and get rolling right away.
Of the county's 44 lakes, the Great Sacandaga Lake, half an hour's drive away by Gloversville motorhome rental, is the largest. Measuring 29 miles long and six miles wide, the lake is the winter venue of the Annual Walleye Challenge. It's also an ideal location to launch a boat or take a dip for a swim. Access the lake from any of the town's public beaches.
Give your legs a vigorous workout as you pedal the Speculator Loop spanning 21 miles. The Outer Loop stretches close to 14 miles and is ideal for easy and intermediate riders. The Inner or Kunjamuk Cave Loop is a little more than seven miles, with challenging sections in some places. The entire loop takes you through a working tree farm planted with hardwoods and conifers.
Head just over an hour's drive north in the Gloversville campervan rental and reach Adirondack State Park's "six million acres forever wild." The number of lakes here is in the thousands, the waterways are vast and primal, and the Adirondack High Peaks number in the dozens. Birders flock here to see chickadees, grey jays, and thrush and join Audubon-sponsored birding festivals. With your RV rental near Gloversville, you can see more sights in a shorter time following scenic byways that crisscross the park. Some of the rides are legendary, from the 454-mile Seaway Trail to the more modest 24-mile Mohawk Towpath Byway. The list of outdoor recreation here is like the park itself – vast and seemingly endless.
The Caroga Lake State Campground in Gloversville offers amenities that include restrooms, showers, and access to a dump station. Boating, fishing, and hiking are some of the popular pursuits in and around the campground. If all you need is a place to park for the night, you can always find out if the local Walmart accepts overnight campers in their parking lot. If they do, make sure the store manager approves of your parking plans.
Outside of town, park your RV rental from Gloversville in Broadalbin and Johnstown where some of the nearest campgrounds can be found. Most have water and electric sites, restrooms, and showers while a few have full hookup sites and access to dump stations. The farther you go, the likelier you will find sites connected to water, power, and sewer, especially as you approach Schenectady.
A walk around downtown Gloversville reminds you of the city's wealthy past. Gaze up at three and four-story Victorian structures that speak of the boom times. Or seek out former glove factories to gain insight into the industry that once made the city and nearby Johnstown "the glove-making capital of the world." Europeans who settled this corner of the southern Adirondacks brought their musical tastes with them, and theaters and opera houses are a testament to their preferences in entertainment. The Kasson Opera House is one of those remaining structures that still stand today.
See the tools of the tanning trade at the Fulton County Museum where a range of other artifacts is on display. There's a representation of an actual glove shop, a collection of firearms and other military artifacts (uniforms and swords) from the 1700s, and baseball memorabilia of the "Glovers." You will also see an Iroquois longhouse and other tools the Native Americans used like arrowheads.
Rent a motorhome in Gloversville in June and take part in the city’s Southern Adirondack Wine and Food Festival. Taste New York's finest wines and brews, sample artisan food, and meet some local artists. Portions of the Main Street are closed off, making the event a real intimate community affair.
Plenty of places in Gloversville offer Italian and Asian cuisine, with a healthy dose of fast food fare in the mix. A dozen grocery and convenience stores also expand your dining choices while a handful of gas stations allow you the freedom to go where your wanderlust dictates.
Let Gloversville be the start of your adventures in the Adirondacks. Find the best RV rental in Gloversville today and just go!