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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.  In the Village of Cooperstown visit Council Rock Park, Cooper Park and Lake Front Park.  Then, 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 a 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.

Badger Park
Badger Park: Entrance on Beaver Street near the corner of Chestnut St. Badger Park consists of 2.549 acres of land and is bordered by Chestnut, Walnut, Delaware and Beaver Street properties.  Price...
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...
Council Rock Park
Council Rock is situated at the corner of Lake and River Streets within the Village of Cooperstown. It is a 1.25-acre site on the west bank of the mouth of the Susquehanna River.  Not only does the...
Fairy Spring Park
The park consists of 31.7 acres within the Town of Middlefield and owned by the Village of Cooperstown. The park is bisected by County Route 31. 5.7 acres lie west of Route 31 along the eastern shore...
Gilbertsville Expressive Movement, Inc. – GEM
Starting as a private patronage in 2013 Gilbertsville Expressive Movement, Inc. – GEM has transformed into a spacious sculpture park with fourteen sculptures on display and open to the public. Four...
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...
Lakefront Park
If you're looking for that one-in-a-million 'magic place,' you'd be hard-pressed to find a better location than Lakefront Park in Cooperstown, NY. Only a few minute's walk from downtown Cooperstown,...
Spring Park
Well-known for its signature clock and venerable bandstand, the curious visitor can still taste the famous sulphur water from the fountain in Spring Park in the relaxed country village of Richfield...
Three Mile Point
The Park consists of 1.07 acres and is located three miles from the Village of Cooperstown, in the Town of Otsego.  It is accessed by vehicle from State Route 80 and by boat from Otsego Lake....
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...

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