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When you search for an RV in Herkimer County, you’ll need somewhere to go and somewhere to stay; the Herkimer Diamond KOA campground is a destination in itself. This KOA has been recognized with the President’s Award, the Founder’s Award, and Kamp Green certification. The renowned Herkimer Diamond Mines are actually a part of the resort. Guests can mine for diamonds, shop at the region’s largest jewelry store, and pan for fossils and other gems. The resort also offers two restaurants, an astronomy lodge, an activity center, an organic garden, a swimming pool, bike rentals, and plenty of planned activities. Other campground amenities include restrooms and showers, laundry facilities, Wi-Fi, and firewood and propane for sale.
RV sites can accommodate big rigs up to 100 feet. Sites provide picnic tables and fire rings and are available with back-in or pull-through access. Full hookups or water and electric hookups are offered, and some sites feature patios, patio furniture, grills, and/or gardens. Herkimer Diamond KOA is also pet-friendly, and there is a Kamp K9 dog park on-site.
Spend some time at the Steuben Hill State Forest near Frankfort when you're RV camping at Herkimer Diamond KOA to experience serene, open green space. This state forest was originally established for reforestation, watershed protection, timber production, wildlife management, and recreation. These recreational opportunities include hiking, hunting and trapping, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, and wildlife observation. Hikers can trace skid trails from timber harvesting operations and long-ago farm lanes. Maps and guidebooks are available so that you can learn about the forest and prepare for your visit.
Another way to experience the beauty of the great outdoors while you're camping with an RV near here is with a ride on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad in Utica. The Adirondack Railway Preservation Society has a mission to preserve and restore rail service in the area as well as offer historical and environmental educational opportunities. Scenic guided rail tours include haunted history, beer and wine, Princess Super Hero, pumpkins, and holiday themes. Meals are included on many tours, and some include live music and entertainment. First-class tickets feature table seating, table service, and upgraded amenities. See and learn about the area in a unique way while helping to preserve a lost way of life and of travel.
Visit Howe Caverns while you're renting an RV near Herkimer to tour the caves and caverns, enjoy the adventure park, climb the rock wall or ropes course, or mine for gems. Cave tours take you deep underground, where you will see rock features that took millennia to create. Tours include lantern tours, family flashlight tours, and photo tours. The high adventure park features zip lines, a ropes course, a rock wall, and an inflatable water ball. The gem mining sluice allows participants to discover gems, arrowheads, fossils, shark teeth, and more. There are a café and sweet shop in the park, and the gift shop offers merchandise, souvenirs, rocks and minerals, and other rock-related items and gifts. Special events are held throughout the year, including the annual Naked in a Cave celebration.
Stop by the Gems Along the Mohawk, the Official Mohawk Valley Visitor Center, to learn more about the area. This may be the only official visitor center that hosts tour boats. When you visit with your Herkimer motorhome rental, you’ll be able to arrange for a unique, historically accurate cruise tour. Cruises include daily sightseeing tours, a living history tour, and adult party cruises. Snacks and drinks are available on board the vessels, and there is a grille at the location.
The antique center in Little Falls is housed in a building that was originally built as a paper mill in 1855 and has served several purposes over the centuries. It is now a fabulous, eclectic shopping venue that you’ll get a chance to experience when you visit during your RV rental vacation. There are dozens of dealers operating in this collective. Inventory changes daily but always includes antiques, collectibles, vintage items, memorabilia, jewelry, housewares, books, crafts, and more. Enjoy the chance to see the restored building filled with natural light as well as the enormous selection of special things for sale.
You’ll have plenty of on-site dining options when you're RV camping at this KOA, including a snack bar/canteen and a wood-fired pizzeria and chophouse. If you choose to venture out of the campground area, you can treat yourself to diners, delis, dinners, and more, including familiar family-friendly fast-casual chains. You’ll probably need to fill up your tank as well as your belly, and there are many options to find either gasoline or diesel fuel at area service stations, convenience stores, and truck stops. If you’d like to learn more about the region's businesses and attractions, make sure to check out the Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce.