Social distancing is definitely something new to all of us in today's society, and is absolutely necessary to slow and eventually stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Top Spots to get out in Cooperstown & Otsego County
During this time of quarantine - and solitude for many, remember the natural beauty of our world and look to the simpler pleasures in life. Otsego County has plenty to offer those looking for some fresh air. Please practice 6-foot social distancing even outdoors.
Gilbertsville Expressive Movement - A spacious sculpture park with fourteen sculptures on display and open to the public on the 14-acre campus of the former Gilbertsville Central School in the middle of National Register Historic Site village of Gilbertsville.
Oneonta Bike Trails – 27 miles of bike trails scattered throughout the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, accessible at various locations in and around the city of Oneonta, NY.
Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society: a great source of information and some programs may be shifting to the digital world to keep people close to nature.
A note from New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation:
Due to COVID-19 - ALL New York State Park Playground Equipment and Playgrounds are CLOSED until further notice, but New York State Parks, trails, and grounds of historic sites are open, and all entrance fees have been waived. All public programs and events have been cancelled and indoor facilities, such as nature centers, visitor centers, and historic houses will be closed, at least through April 30th. Please visit https://parks.ny.gov/covid19/ or www.nysparks.com for more detailed and accurate information.
Glimmerglass State Park - All hiking trails are open, maps are available in the brochure kiosk in front of the office. There are swings up and the basketball court is open for single-person practice.
Gilbert Lake State Park - Offering year-round recreational opportunities such as freshwater fishing, over 12 miles of hiking trails, a 1-mile paved biking loop nestled in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains
Robert V. Riddell State Park - Over 1,000 acres of agricultural fields, deciduous and coniferous forests. Schenevus Creek, a popular Class A trout stream that leads to the Susquehanna River, crosses the northern parcel of the park.
Betty and Wilbur Davis State Park – Nearly two thirds of the park is blanketed by a forest of hardwoods intermixed with smaller areas of conifer plantation. The remainder of this 229-acre property is occupied by gently rolling meadowlands and two ponds. It is a favorite among birdwatchers and other nature lovers. There’s an extensive network of hiking trails, a playground, 2 catch and release ponds and gorgeous views.