Outdoor Attractions

State Parks

Gilbert Lake State Park
18 CCC Rd
 Laurens, NY 13796

Telephone: 607-432-2114

Lake and three ponds in wooded terrain; 12 miles of trails. Playgrounds, frisbee-disc golf course, swimming, boating & fishing. The Civilian Conservation Corps Museum is located within the park.

Betty & Wilbur Davis State Park
173 Davis Road
, Westford, NY 13488

Telephone: 607-547-8662

Betty & Wilbur Davis State Park provides spectacular views to the south and west features extensive hiking trails and catch and release fishing.

Glimmerglass State Park
1527 County Hwy 31

Cooperstown, NY 13326

Telephone: 607-547-8662
 Toll Free: 800-456-CAMP

Seen from the south, Mount Wellington, on the eastern shore of Otsego Lake, is said to resemble a sleeping lion. The loop trail that climbs it from Glimmerglass State Park is about 2.5 miles long, marked with orange paint blazes. This trail offers a lovely forested walk through magestic white pines, hemlocks and hardwoods.

Robert V. Riddell State Park
St Hwy 28 & Cty Hwy 7

Exit 17 off I-88, 
Oneonta, NY 13820

Telephone: 315-492-1756

The park consists of agricultural fields, deciduous and coniferous forests. Schenevus Creek, a popular trout stream, crosses the northern parcel of the park.

Water fun

Glimmerglass Queen
10 Fair Street, 
Cooperstown, NY 13326

Telephone: 607-547-9511

These narrated boat tours of Otsego Lake offer a relaxing glimpse of the history and beauty of James Fenimore Cooper's fabled Leatherstocking Tales.

Classic Cruiser Charters
261 Brighton Road, 
Worcester, NY 12197

Telephone: 518-424-3939

Charter boat rentals with Captain/crew on the Champlain and Erie canals.

CP's Charter Service
574 County Highway 29, 
Richfield Springs, NY 13439

CP's Guide Service offers 90-minute historical Otsego Lake sightseeing boat tours, as well as full- and half-day fishing excursions.

Fairy Spring Park
Cty Hwy 31
Cooperstown, NY 13326

Telephone: 607-547-2411

A rustic shaded swimming area on Otsego Lake with lifeguards on duty. Picnic tables and a pavilion.

Sam Smith's Boat Yard
State Hwy 80
, Cooperstown, NY 13326

Telephone: 607-547-2543
Boat rentals of all types, nautical equipment, popular lakefront grill - come by land or lake.

Time Out Boat Rentals
6714 State Highway 80, 
Cooperstown, NY 13326

Telephone: 607-287-7737

Captain your own pontoon boat on Otsego, Canadarago or Goodyear lakes. Boats are delivered with personalized. You can rent boats by the hour, half day, full day or week. Guided tours are also available on Otsego Lake.

Horse trails

Brass Ring Farm

4015 State Hwy 28
, Milford, NY 13807

Telephone: 607-286-9333

The Brass Ring Farm offers pony rides and horseback trail rides.

Morning Dew Stables

436 Lougheed Rd
., Milford, NY 13820

Telephone: 607-441-4050

This stable offers trail rides, lessons, and boarding as well as a unique therapeutic riding and driving lessons program. Call for appointment.

Tri-Valley Trail Rides

County Highway 10

Laurens, NY 13796

Tri-Valley Trail Rides offer guided horseback rides on well-behaved horses. These rides offer nice views on shaded trails by appointment. Also offers pony rides for the little ones!

Waltzing Horse Farm

130 Musk Rd., 
New Berlin, NY 13411

Telephone: 607-847-9406

The Waltzing Horse Farm offers private dressage lessons and boarding facilities. Breeders of Lippizzaners and Friesians, we are dedicated to promoting and preserving the classical breeding and riding standards and will be offering tours of the farm and viewings of our unique horse breeds, including a film.

Ichabob's Conveyance

507 St Hwy 166, 
Cooperstown, NY 13326

Telephone: 607-286-7578

Ichabob's Conveyance is available for summer wagon rides. Minimum of 4 people per ride. At the farm located right outside of Milford.

Other trails, gardens and preserves

Valley View Walking Trails

298 Sheep-Pen Rd
., Unadilla, NY 13849

Telephone: 607-563-3459

Nature trails for hiking or mountain biking. Scenic trails with lookout points.

Brookwood Garden

6000 State Route 80
, Cooperstown, NY 13326

Telephone: 607-547-2170

Brookwood Garden offers tours of spectacular horticulture of the past and present, visiting a variety of private gardens not otherwise open to the public, including some of the early work of Ellen Biddle Shipman, one of the foremost garden designers of America's Golden Age.

Goodyear Swamp Sanctuary

State Route 80
, Springfield Center, NY 13468

Telephone: 607-547-4488

This wetland at the northwest end of Otsego Lake is a system of trails and boardwalks that provides a moderate walk of over a quarter-mile in which to observe more than 200 species of plants, thousands of invertebrate organisms, as well as water-fowl, fur-bearing mammals, amphibians, and reptiles. A tour booklet is available at the entrance.

Joseph L. Popp Jr. Butterfly Conservatory

5802 State Highway 7
, Oneonta, NY 13820

Telephone: 607-435-1147

Live tropical butterfly exhibit and botanical garden. See and walk among hundreds of live, free-flying butterflies from around the world in our huge indoor conservatory herbarium -- home also to hundreds of exotic plants.

Lordsland Preserve

Doc Ahlers Road
, Roseboom, NY 13450

Telephone: 607-547-4488

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 open views of the beaver ponds and the surrounding wetland and rewarding birding and hiking. The east trail marked with blue trailmarkers, is steeper.

Susquehanna River Park Trail

Oneonta Susquehanna Greenway
, Silas Lane

Oneonta, NY 13820

Telephone: 607-547-4488

The Susquehanna River Park Trail, located in the City of Oneonta, is the first section of the Oneonta Susquehanna Greenway to be completed. A full circuit of the loop trail offers two miles of easy, flat. Interpretive markers are keyed to a leaflet obtainable at the trailhead.