1000 Islands and St. Lawrence Seaway International Travel Guide — 2011-2012 Edition
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Drum Country, NY

The front line in making Fort Drum part of the community.

Fort Drum is home to the 10th Mountain Division, one of the nation’s most frequently deployed. Its soldiers, families and civilian support staff total approximately 30,000 people. With so much going on in their back yard, the small-town communities around the fort have erupted with hotels, bed-andbreakfasts, motor speedways, agricultural attractions and parks that can be enjoyed by everyone. That doesn’t even include nearby Watertown, the urban hub of Northern New York and home to national shopping chains, whitewater rafting and family-fun attractions such as the New York State Zoo.

Fort Drum has been used as a military training ground since 1908. The communities that surround it have long been home to sprawling rural farms. While that’s still much the case, communities such as LeRay, Carthage and Great Bend have seen chain and private hotels – as well as B&Bs – emerge. The nearby Indian Lakes are home to scores of waterside cottages that can be rented by the week for a cozy, quiet fishing or boating retreat.

The wide range of accommodations compliments a growing number of attractions that includes an alpaca farm, a petting ranch and winery. The Thousand Islands-Seaway Wine Trail passes through small-town Philadelphia before swinging along the St. Lawrence River. If motorsports is your thing, the communities of Evans Mills and LaFargeville are home to dirt tracks that host weekly competitions.

Communities have seen downtowns revitalized by fort population increases, and now shopping opportunities abound. Likewise, waterfront parks have been built to accommodate the growing population – all to the mutual enjoyment of residents and visitors alike!

Recreational opportunities on Fort Drum training lands (such as hunting and fishing) are also available to civilians – however you must contact the Fort Drum Recreational Permit Office for instructions and permits (for a fee) prior to accessing lands (315-772- HUNT).