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Parks in Cooperstown

Hike, Bike, Explore—Parks in Cooperstown & Otsego County

A quick survey of the public parks in Cooperstown and Otsego County reveals many ways to play. Get ready to scale high points with sturdy boots—then zip downhill on fat tire bikes, dip a paddle in calm waters, spot hawks through binoculars, and camp deep in primitive forest. Otsego County parks hold the key to adventure. Explore all of Otsego County's parks below.

New York State Parks near Cooperstown & Oneonta

Four state parks sit within Otsego County. Just 7.5 miles north of Cooperstown, Glimmerglass State Park offers a sandy beach on Otsego Lake, winter snow tubing, and trails for hikers, mountain bikers, and cross-country skiers. From Oneonta, a 10-minute drive on I-88 leads to Robert V. Riddell State Park, a favorite with hikers and snowshoers, where a tree identification trail weaves through the outdoor picnic area. In central Otsego County, a lake and three ponds at Gilbert Lake State Park provide ample waters for paddlers and fishing enthusiasts, while log cabins and forest trails wait at Betty and Wilbur Davis State Park.

Otsego County Public Lands—State Forests, Preserves & Walking Trails

Explore more using the guides below. Find primitive state forests favored by hunters, trappers, and those prepared to navigate wild places without trails, as well as the Otsego Land Trust, which manages natural areas for hikers, paddlers, and bird watchers. Their Blueway Trail links conservation areas such as Deowongo Island on Canadarago Lake and Brookwood Point, where family-friendly paths open from April through November roam 22 acres of diverse ecosystems.

Outdoor Recreation is Beautiful in Otsego County

Reconnect with nature, pack a picnic, or go for a swim. Cooperstown and Otsego County hold some of Central New York’s most beautiful state parks and forests. Get out and explore all of Otsego County’s parks, listed 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/bear-swamp-state-forest>Bear Swamp State Forest</a>
The 1,750-acre Bear Swamp State Forest features a forest dominated ecosystem with both natural and planted forest species throughout the area. Bear Swamp State Forest's main feature is the 44-acre...
<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/copes-corners-park>Copes Corners Park</a>
The Town of Butternuts wants everyone to be able to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of our park. Come try us out! Located along the Butternut Creek at the southwestern tip of Otsego County....
<a href=/attractions/decatur-state-forest>Decatur State Forest</a>
The 582-acre Decatur State Forest features a forested ecosystem with both natural and planted forest species occupying the property. The area was purchased by the state in the 1930's with the goal of...
<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/fairy-springs-park>Fairy Springs Park</a>
A rustic shaded swimming area on Otsego Lake with lifeguards on duty during the season. Picnic tables and a pavilion.

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