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 available at each of these points, so hikes of different lengths can be arranged if two vehicles are used. The trail has several short, steep pitches but can be skied comfortably by cross-country skiers of modest ability.
Arnold Lake offers fishing year-round, and is stocked each year with rainbow trout (8-9" in length) and brown trout (8-10" in length). Â Please note there is a daily limit of 3 trout.
A launch is located on the northwest corner of lake at outlet on Arnold Lake Road.
From State Highway 205m south of Mount Vision, follow County HIghway 46 northeasterly 3.1 miles to Joe Cornell Road. From Milford, take County Highway 44 to 46 and travel west 4.4 miles. The trailhead parking lot is on the south side of 46, off Joe Cornell Road.
The trails, maintained by the Susquehanna Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club, are marked with yellow cross-country ski markers. They consist in part of forest access roads or logging roads and in part of narrow footpaths. There are several open fields that have been logged and are returning to tree cover. They will provide some nice views.
We strongly advise that you check business websites or call ahead for the most up-to-date information on possible limited hours and whether reservations are necessary or not.
This rural 2,203 person town is home to the Cooperstown Bat Company and the scenic Hartwick Highlands Campground.