Located in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains, Cooperstown/Otsego County boasts an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities.
Located in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains, Cooperstown/Otsego County boasts an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities. No matter how you prefer to explore, whether it be on foot, bike, or by boat, there are miles of groomed trails and pristine waters to conquer. Challenge yourself to try something new, or simply get outside and enjoy the great outdoors.
Canoe & Kayak Rentals
Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of the many lakes and waterways of Otsego County. Rent a canoe, kayak, or stand up paddle board from Canoe & Kayak Rentals at one of their rental locations in Portlandville or on Brookwood Point in Cooperstown and you will gain access to some of the most beautiful waters in the region: Goodyear Lake, the Susquehannah River, and Otsego Lake.
Betty and Wilbur Davis State Park
Cooperstown/Otsego County also offers access to four state parks, each with their own unique recreational specialites. Betty and Wilbur Davis State Park, with its 229 acres of lush hardwood forests, rolling meadows, and two ponds, is a favorite among birdwatchers. Gilbert Lake State Park offers excellent fishing and, while it is known mostly for its annually stocked Rainbow Trout, is home to some impressive largemouth bass. Robert V. Riddell State Park, located near Oneonta, consists of 1,000 acres of fields and forests perfect for hiking and biking and provides access to Schenvebus Creek, a popular Class A trout stream.
Glimmerglass State Park
One of the best-known outdoor destinations in the region, Glimmerglass State Park is a popular spot for family gatherings and day trips. With a sandy beach on Otsego Lake, miles of hiking trails, excellent fishing, and facilities available for rent, there is no shortage of fun to be had. The park is also home to Hyde Hall, a beautiful, historic country house that is open for tours and hosts a variety of events. Visit the park in the winter for the chance to go snowtubing!
Fishing at Meadow-Vale
Nothing caps off a day outdoors better than an evening spent next to the campfire relaxing, toasting marshmallows, and telling stories. To get the full outdoor experience, grab a campsite or rustic cabin at the Cooperstown KOA in Richfield Springs or Meadow-Vale Campsites near Cooperstown.
Taste the Local Flavors
Cooperstown Farmer’s Market
In addition to providing excellent recreational opportunities, Cooperstown/Otsego County’s rolling hills and fertile meadows makes it a vibrant hub of the locavore movement. For proof, look no further than the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market. With no less than thirty vendors from within a fifty mile radius, the market features an agricultural bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables, meats and poultry, eggs, milk, cheese, honey, local maple syrup, baked goods, and a variety of other food, beverage, and artisan crafts. Open year-round, locals and visitors alike gather at the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market to enjoy the food, entertainment, and atmosphere of this lively community.
To see the local movement in action, go to the source! The Cooperstown Beverage Trail will take you on a 37-mile driving tour of three breweries, three wineries, a distillery and a historic cider mill. Once the top hop-producing region in the country, Cooperstown/Otsego County is experiencing a revitalization of the craft beverage movement – and boy, does it taste good!
Fly Creek Cider Mill
Fly Creek Cider Mill, one of the stops along the trail, offers more than just fresh-pressed and hard ciders. They also have local apple wines, fresh-made baked goods and fudge, New York State cheeses, and a variety of other culinary creations for you to sample and enjoy.
The Farmers’ Museum
The Farmers’ Museum provides a unique opportunity for you to get up close and personal with local agriculture. This living history museum modeled after mid-18th century New York living operates a woring farm complete with gardens and livestock. Visit for the day and you can visit the animals and watch as daily chores are carried out. Demonstrations and classes are also available on a regular basis for those who wish to take some tips and tricks back to their own homestead. While a lot has changed since 1845, some things never do!
Where to Stay
Nature Has Its Luxuries
If you want to experience Cooperstown/Otsego County’s beautiful outdoor scenery, but also enjoy luxury accomodations, look no further than August Lodge. This timber frame country hotel offers full suites and spacious rooms furnished with Adirondack décor. Lounge on your private balcony, swim in the pool, or relax at the spa. Located on 225 private acres, exploring the outdoors has never been this comfortable.
For the family on the go, the Hickory Grove Motor Inn on Otsego Lake offers comfortable waterfront rooms conveniently located near all of Cooperstown’s major attractions. Open April through October, this seasonal favorite is the perfect place to rest after a long day of fun in the sun.
Hopsego– Saturday, August 19 at The Farmers’ Museum
From the vine to the glass, celebrate the history and heritage of hops in Cooperstown/Otsego county.
Celebrating the relationship between artists and landscape, a juried art show, artist demonstrations, food, and live music will take over the expansive front lawn of the Fenimore Art Museum along picturesque Otsego Lake.