Destination guide

Johnstown – living it up in upstate New York

Over the river and into the woods – to Johnstown, NY we go. A few miles north of the Mohawk River, Johnstown is known for its rich colonial history, charming downtown, and a bounty of preserved open space in the many nearby state and regional parks. While the town is largely residential, visitors flock to the area for its many rivers and creeks, and water activities are popular in the warmer months. With a Johnstown vacation rental, you'll be close to downtown Johnstown, as well as local landmarks like the Johnson Hall State Historic Site.

Things to do

The sweet side of history in Johnstown

Thanks to its rich colonial past and wealth of preserved sites from the 18th and 19th centuries, Johnstown is a popular destination for history buffs. A visit to the Johnson Hall State Historic Site will put you up close and personal with local history exhibits in a stately, Georgian-style home, adjacent to the sprawling Sir William Johnson Park. Or you can satisfy your sweet tooth at the Mud Road Sugar House. The massive maple syrup producer features a gift shop, and tours are available during the winter months.


What "wood" you rather do in Johnstown?

Not sure what to do during your trip to Johnstown? Get out of town! No, really – the nearby Peck Lake offers lots of opportunities for fishing and boating, and you'll find a bounty of campsites and hiking trails within the 858-acre Rockwood State Forest. Winter visitors will have plenty to do as well, and you can enjoy skiing and snowboarding at Royal Mountain Ski Area. Back in town, you can stroll past Main Street's quaint shops – once a major player in the leather industry, Johnstown is still a solid spot to snag a killer pair of gloves.


No rain, no gain in Johnstown

Like much of New York state, Johnstown has a warm-summer humid continental climate, which means warm summers and cold winters, with a fair amount of precipitation all year round. Summers are on the mild side, with average highs peaking at 80ºF in August, though rainfall is fairly common throughout the season. Winters are snowy and cold, with average lows in the teens between December and February. A major summer destination, you'll find the best rates during the chilly winter months – a Johnstown vacation rental with a hot tub or a fireplace would be a great way to enjoy a snowy winter upstate.

Natural features

Many rivers to cross in Johnstown

Between the Hudson Valley and the Finger Lakes region, Johnstown sits just south of the sprawling Adirondack State Park. Here, you'll find more than 6 million acres of preserved wilderness, as well as ample hiking, camping, and birdwatching opportunities. The forest is home to a number of wildlife species, and you can spot moose, beavers, and hawks, as well as the occasional black bear. A number of creeks crisscross the Johnstown area, many of which drain into the Mohawk River or Peck Lake. A Johnstown vacation rental will put you on the banks of a major fishing spot just a short drive from your door.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Johnstown

The nearest airport is in Schenectady, NY (SCH-Schenectady County), located 25.2 mi (40.6 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into Albany, NY (ALB-Albany Intl.), which is 33.7 mi (54.2 km) away.

Where to stay around Johnstown?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 52 vacation rentals near Johnstown. From 29 Houses to 2 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Johnstown for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Johnstown?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Johnstown. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Fort Johnstown: 101 vacation rentals
  • Johnson Hall State Historic Site: 107 vacation rentals
  • Johnstown Historical Society: 105 vacation rentals
  • Howe Caverns: 36 vacation rentals
  • Schoharie Crossing: 75 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Johnstown listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Johnstown?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 29 Houses in Johnstown. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Johnstown include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 2 rentals available
  • Cabins: 19 rentals available
  • Cottages: 19 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Johnstown?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 3 vacation rentals with pool available in Johnstown. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.