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. 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 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.