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Nicks Lake Campground is a recent addition to the state's recreational properties, having been opened to the public in 1966; it was named after Nick Stoner, a local legend. The campground is adjacent to a shallow lake that permits non-motorized boats, making it an ideal spot for swimming, canoeing, and kayaking. At dawn or dusk, you can use your rowboat or canoe to troll for brown trout or bass while listening to the loons discretely hidden away near the lake's shoreline. From your Old Forge camper rental, you can enjoy magnificent sunsets along with the loons.
If you should happen to need gas for the rental motorhome or need to stock up on supplies, Nicks Lake Campground is a short distance from the town of Old Forge. You can spend some time here if you wish to browse through the stores on Main Street, or stop for lunch or dinner in one of the town's many restaurants. Old Forge is home to a waterpark that should be enticing for both children and adults, and the campground is not far from McCauley Mountain, where you can take a chairlift to the summit to enjoy the spectacular views.
Independence River Wild Forest is a forest preserve that is open to the public year-round; it's characterized by lakes and rivers, wetlands, and rolling hills. The preserve has several access roads that you can use to enter by motor vehicle and perhaps even take a self-guided auto tour of the landscape in the comforts of your camper rental. In the winter, some of the roads are plowed, but some are left untouched for use by snowmobilers; you can also enjoy hiking, horseback riding, paddling, and boating while you visit. The preserve has a historic fire tower that was built from wood in 1912 (it was replaced by a metal structure in 1919), with panoramic views that extend for miles and miles.
Moose River Plains is a distinct and varied nature preserve that lies between a range of mountains to the north and east, and low lying hills to the west and south. The landscape consists of hills, river valleys, and several small mountains; the slightly larger Little Moose and Manbury Mountains are exceptions to this and also lay within the plains' boundaries. There are dozens and dozens of lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams that either border the preserve or lay within it. It's a good choice for hiking as it has a huge number of well-marked trails for you to choose from, plus primitive camping spots.
Pigeon Lake Wilderness is a nature preserve and outdoor recreational area that is situated between four large lakes (Big Moose and Raquette lakes, Stillwater Reservoir, and the Fulton Chain of Lakes) and has many smaller lakes and ponds within its territory. It's a good choice for paddling, fishing, and hiking in the summer, and snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the winter. Wildlife observers will find the preserve to be a small slice of heaven with numerous bird and mammal species on hand (moose, coyotes, and peregrine falcons are just some of the preserve residents).
Nicks Lake Campground is a family-friendly RV campground with many amenities and facilities that are ADA accessible (such as the restrooms and children's playground). Older children and adults can make use of the basketball and volleyball courts, the horseshoe pitch, and several miles of paved road that are ideal for jogging and bicycle riding. The campground has more than 100 campsites, a private beach staffed by lifeguards, and a picnic area.
Singing Waters RV Park is another place to park your motorhome rental near Old Forge. The campground is open year-round, and campsites can be rented by the day or seasonally. Some of the campsites are located along the riverbank adjacent to the campground and have either partial or full hookups.
While renting an RV in Herkimer County, you'll be near some charming cities. Boonville is a small town that was first settled in 1795 and contains a village with the same name. The town has an urban park where you can take a leisurely stroll and a state park which has a waterfall; it also has a private golf club which is open to the public and a museum that documents the history of the area and the locks and canals that are part of the Erie Canal system. It has a reasonable selection of restaurants, some of which are commercial chains, and there is an Italian restaurant along with several diners and pub venues serving more familiar American fare.
Indian Lake is a good choice if you feel like doing some shopping, with a studio gallery that offers antique furniture, new and old books, local art, and a variety of other items, some of which are unique. It has several rafting tour companies if you still feel a need for an adrenaline rush (or not) and a small but sufficient restaurant scene with Mexican cuisine and several pub restaurants.