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Hiking in Cooperstown

Hiking Cooperstown & Otsego County

Otsego County hiking trails traverse river valleys, meander along shorelines, traverse hardwood forests, and climb glacier-carved ridges for panoramic views. Start with a classic Cooperstown hike: the Sleeping Lion trail, a 2.5-mile loop within Glimmerglass State Park taking hikers through hemlock trees, and around 1,827-foot Mount Wellington with peek-a-boo views of Otsego Lake. Peruse the listings below for more trails to primitive forests, meadows where hawks glide above, rolling hills—and even paved footpaths with lakeside overlooks. Know that many Cooperstown and Otsego County hiking trails are shared by hikers and mountain bikers, and always pack food, water, layers, and sunscreen.

Look below to find a variety of hiking locations in Cooperstown and Otsego County.

Enjoy Nature on the Trails

Lace up your sneakers or boots and head to the hiking trailheads located across Cooperstown and Otsego County. Take in the beauty from summits all year-round. For a list of our favorite locations to trek, please see below.

<a href=/attractions/arnold-lake-state-forest>Arnold Lake State Forest</a>
Arnold Lake State Forest trails lie on New York State and Otsego County lands surrounding Arnold Lake.  The main trail is a 5.5 mile loop that crosses public high-ways at three places.  Parking is...
<a href=/attractions/basswood-pond-state-forest>Basswood Pond State Forest</a>
Basswood Pond State Forest offers varied outdoor recreational opportunities.  The pond site is handicapped accessible with a paved path to the water's edge.  A pit toilet is available. Recreational...
<a href=/attractions/betty-wilbur-davis-state-park>Betty & Wilbur Davis State Park</a>
Perched atop a hill in Southern Otsego County, Betty and Wilbur Davis State Park provides spectacular views to the south and west. Nearly two thirds of the park is blanketed by a forest of hardwoods...
<a href=/attractions/brookwood-point>Brookwood Point</a>
Brookwood Point has been an established estate on the shores Otsego Lake since the early 1820's and is home to a 100 year old Italianate Renaissance garden. Over the past 100 years, Brookwood has...
<a href=/attractions/calhoun-creek-state-forest>Calhoun Creek State Forest</a>
Calhoun Creek State Forest offers 730 acres for recreational use.  Use caution, as hunting and trapping is permitted during certain times of the year.
<a href=/attractions/cherry-valley-state-forest>Cherry Valley State Forest</a>
The 1,460-acre Cherry Valley State Forest features a forested ecosystem with natural and planted forest species covering the property. The area was purchased by the state in the 1930s with the goal...
<a href=/attractions/deowongo-island>Deowongo Island</a>
Deowongo Island is the only island in Canadarago Lake, located in north central Otsego County. Well known by locals and visitors, Deowongo Island is an iconic treasure in the region that has a unique...
<a href=/attractions/exeter-state-forest>Exeter State Forest</a>
The 1,957-acre Exeter State Forest is located half way between Schenectady and Syracuse, and about 30 miles south of Utica by car. It is a 14 mile drive from Cooperstown, NY and a 34 mile drive from...
<a href=/attractions/fetterley-forest-conservation-area>Fetterley Forest Conservation Area</a>
Siblings, Judy and Dan Fetterley, donated the 106-acre Fetterley Forest, which had been in the family since 1867. The Fetterleys made the donation in memory of their parents, Ray and Mary Fetterley,...
<a href=/attractions/five-points-county-forest-3>Five Points (County Forest #3)</a>
Five Points (County Forest #3) is 380 acres of land available for recreational use located in the towns of Westford and Roseboom.
<a href=/attractions/gilbert-lake-state-park>Gilbert Lake State Park</a>
Gilbert Lake State Park offers year-round recreational opportunities.  Please note an entrance fee may apply. Recreational Activities at Gilbert Lake State Park Hiking Swimming Fishing Boating...
<a href=/attractions/glimmerglass-state-park>Glimmerglass State Park</a>
Glimmerglass State Park overlooks beautiful Otsego Lake, nicknamed "Glimmerglass" by James Fenimore Cooper in his Leatherstocking Tales.  Open year-round, each season brings a multitude of outdoor...

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