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.