Amidst the Winter Whirlwind, Find Your Pace in Nature's Lap to Soothe the Mind and Energize the Body

As the last slice of pie is savored and the final gift unwrapped, a sense of post-holiday haze might linger. It’s the perfect time to swap the shopping bags for hiking boots and the festive frenzy for serene trails. Otsego County, with its lush landscapes and tranquil trails, invites you to step into a world where nature’s calm is the ultimate antidote to holiday excess.

Trekking Through Tranquility: Otsego County's Scenic Escapes

Gilbert Lake State Park: A Winter Wonderland Walk

With over 12 miles of trails, Gilbert Lake State Park is a treasure trove of winter beauty. The Lake Trail, a gentle loop around the frozen Gilbert Lake, offers picturesque views, perfect for a leisurely stroll to contemplate New Year’s resolutions or the possibility of a snowball skirmish. Read more about this hike...

Cooperstown’s Fairy-Tale Trails

Cooperstown, more than just baseball, has trails that look as though they’ve been lifted from the pages of a storybook. The Sleeping Lion Trail at Glimmerglass State Park is not just a hike; it’s a narrative unfolding with each step, as you navigate through wooded wonder, with the occasional deer as your companion in the quiet after the holiday clamor. Find that Sleeping Lion here...

Table Rock: The Peak of Peace

For those seeking a mix of academic charm and natural beauty, Table Rock at Hartwick College offers a unique hiking experience. This relatively easy trail leads to a stunning overlook, providing a breathtaking view of the Oneonta area. It's not just a hike; it's a journey through the picturesque campus, ending at a summit that offers a moment of awe-inspiring tranquility. Here, you can reflect on the year gone by and the one to come, all while giving your metabolism a boost after those rich holiday meals. Traverse to Table Rock...

Goodyear Lake: A Birdwatcher's Retreat

If your idea of unwinding includes feathery friends, Goodyear Lake’s environs are a hub for birdwatching enthusiasts. The stillness here is only broken by the occasional chirp and flutter, as migratory birds make a pitstop, and local avians waltz through the air. Get to Goodyear...

The Susquehanna: A Riverside Repose

The Susquehanna River isn’t just a waterway; it’s a corridor of calm. Walk alongside its banks on the Susquehanna Greenway, where the gentle currents whisper ancient tales. It’s ideal for a reflective, soul-soothing walk or for finding that inner poet who’s been drowned out by holiday tunes.

Fins the Susquehanna Greenway Mill Race Trail, New Island Trail, and Silas Lane Trail.

Wilber Park: Escape in the Heart of It All

Nestled in Oneonta, Wilber Park offers the perfect respite with its mix of open spaces and forested areas. It’s a local favorite (mine especially) for a quick escape, with trails that invite a moment of solace or a family outing to work off those extra helpings of holiday ham. Wander Wilber Park...

Exeter State Forest: Off the Beaten Path

For those who prefer their post-holiday detox away from the beaten path, Exeter State Forest’s trails offer solitude in spades. It’s a rugged return to nature, where the only agenda is the path you choose and the only deadline is sunset. Explore Exeter State Forest


As the holiday season winds down, Otsego County's trails stand ready to provide a peaceful resolution to the year’s end. They remind us that sometimes, the best way to move forward is to take a walk through the stillness of nature, where every step is a step back to our own center. So lace up, step out, and let the quiet majesty of these outings reset your spirit for the year ahead.