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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.

For a detailed list of activity locations, visit otsegooutdoors.org to get familiar with what Otsego County has to offer out in the wild.

Also available, a MAP  with all the county's public forest properties. 

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.

Betty & Wilbur Davis State Park
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...
Glimmerglass State Park
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...
Lordsland Preserve
Private, 80-acre parcel owned by The Nature Conservancy with two trails, each about three-quarters of a mile long. The west trail, with red trail-markers, offers xc skiing, provides open views of the...
Arnold Lake State Forest
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...
Basswood Pond State Forest
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...
Bear Swamp State Forest
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...
Brookwood Point
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...
Calhoun Creek State Forest
Calhoun Creek State Forest offers 730 acres for recreational use. Use caution, as hunting and trapping is permitted during certain times of the year.
Cherry Valley State Forest
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...
Decatur State Forest
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...
Deowongo Island
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...
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...

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