Biking

Quiet country roads, rugged trails and paved paths wait to greet cyclists on any sunny morning, warm afternoon or purple-skied evening in Central New York.

Perhaps you’re craving a cruise along the canal or just need a comfortable shoulder to ride on. Mountain bikers can put the pedal to their mettle, making epic climbs that earn breathtaking views.

With a 36-mile segment of the Erie Canalway Trail, 85-mile stretch of historic U.S. Route 20 and endless off-road options in more than 100 state parks and lands, Central New York is the picturesque place for cyclists to do it all.

The Ridges of Madison County make up a true cyclotourism destination. The 10 routes included the bucolic tour accommodate all experience levels and offer more than 223 miles to explore.

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The 13-mile TOBIE Trail takes riders through rustic towns and villages at the captivating foothills of the Adirondack Mountains while Cooperstown and Otsego County offer several loops ideal for long rides.

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If you work up a thirst, make up a pedal friendly beverage trail trip. Central New York is home to Brew Central, America’s Craft Brew Destination brimming with dozens of beer, hard cider, spirit and wine makers.

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How about a delicious cycle fueled by the agri-tourism recommendations of CNYFresh? Once the agricultural cradle of New York state, Central New York honors its heritage with trails to U-picks, regional produce, locavore restaurants and other taste-based destinations.

Come along for the ride of your life in Central New York, where cyclists capture a unique perspective of the stunning outdoor beauty, classic Americana and tasty attractions that make the region a destination.

 

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Betty and Wilbur Davis State Park offers visitors spectacular views from atop a hill in the southern part of Otsego County.  The 229-acre property is mostly a forest of hardwoods, but also has two ponds.  A must-visit for birdwatchers!

Six cabins are also available on the property.  Please call for details.

Recreational Activities at Betty & Wilbur Davis State Park

  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Fishing
  • Picnicking 
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Snowmobiling
Binghamton Brick Yard

Binghamton, NY

Picnic areas, playground, hiking boating, fishing, and swimming.
Brookfield State Forest

Hubbardsville/Brookfield, NY

(607)674-4017

130 miles of trails spread over 13,000 acres for: X-country skiing, hiking, horseback riding, and snowmobiling.
Canal Place

401 South Ann Street
Little Falls, NY 13365

Canal Place is the historic district along the Erie Canal and Mohawk River. Lock 17 is the highest lock in NYS. Rock climbing, biking, hiking are attractions. Tour boat at Benton's Landing. Restaurants, galleries, shops and antiquing.

Canalways to Country Byways gives you three great options to explore the open spaces and unique places around the Erie Canalway Trail. From rolling hills and glacier carved valleys to flat farm land and Oneida Lake these routes will take you through, over and around some of the most breathtaking views in Central New York.

Chenango Valley State Park Trails

153 State Park Road
Route 369
Chenango Forks, NY 13746

12 miles outside of Binghamton via Interstate 88, Exit 3 to N.Y. 369 North.
Area sometimes referred to as the French Tract.

Gilbert Lake State Park offers year-round recreational opportunities.  Please note an entrance fee may apply.

Recreational Activities at Gilbert Lake State Park

  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Picnicking
  • Biking
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Snowshoeing

Fishing on Gilbert Lake

Known mostly for its trout, Gilbert Lake has provided some of the most impressive largemouth bass over the past several years.  It is stocked annually with approximately 700 rainbow trout (8-15" in length).  Ice fishing is prohibited, and has a daily limit of 3 trout.

Fish Species

  • Rainbow Trout
  • Golden Shiner
  • Creek Chub
  • White Sucker
  • Brown Bullhead
  • Pumpkinseed
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Yellow Perch

Hiking Access

From State Highway 205, turn at the flashing red light to th

Lake and 3 ponds in wooded terrain. 12+ miles of trails for hiking, skiing, snowmobiling & snowshoeing. Camping, playgrounds, frisbee-disc golf course, swimming, boating & fishing. The NYS Civilian Conservation Corps Museum is located within the Park.

Glimmerglass State Park overlooks beautiful Otsego Lake, nicknamed "Glimmerglass" by James Fenimore Cooper in his Leatherstocking Tales.  Open year-round, each season brings a multitude of outdoor recreational activities for visitors to the park.  During your visit, take time to tour Hyde Hall, a beautiful 50 room country house.  Please note an entrance fee may apply.

Rental facilities available includes picnic pavilion, two new conference rooms (up to 150 people). 

Recreational Activities at Glimmerglass State Park

  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Picnicking
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Snowshoeing

Tubing, snowmobiling, ice skating, and ice fishing are also available in the winter.

Fishing on Otsego Lake

Otsego Lake is 7.8 miles long and offers 20.3 miles of shoreline

Canoes, 18 acres, located on Pharsalia Wildlife Management area. Fish: Northern pike, largemouth bass & panfish.
Year-round recreation center with views over the Fulton Chain of Lakes to the Adirondack High Peaks. Summer Scenic Chairlift Ride; Best views of Fall foliage; Winter apline and cross country skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing trails. Summer and Fall hiking and mountain biking. Playground, picnic areas, chalet and restaurant, music festivals.
Otsego Bicycles

74 Water Street
Oneonta, NY 13820

The most established bicycle shop in the Greater Oneonta area, Otsego Bicycles is an excellent resource for cyclists of all abilities. The friendly, knowledgeable staff offers scheduled road rides, tour guides for trail riding and much more. As long-time Oneontans, the owner and staff gladly share unusual insights to Oneonta/Otsego County that make visits very memorable. Fully-equipped for expert repairs and maintenance. Specialized bicycles for sale.

10 tours from easy to hard that traverse the landscape of Madison County. Try just one of them, or make it a vacation and try them all.

Robert V. Riddell State Park

State Highway 28
Oneonta, NY 13820

Robert V. Riddell State Park is located off Exit 17 of I-88 near the City of Oneonta. The park consists of over 1,000 acres of agricultural fields, deciduous and coniferous forests. Schenevus Creek, a popular Class A trout stream that leads to the Susquehannah River, crosses the northern parcel of the park.

Recreational Activities at Robert V. Riddell State Park

  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Fishing
  • Picnicking 
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Snowshoeing
State Game Lands No. 70

Windsor, NY 13865

Just below the State border between Windsor and Deposit.
Town of Lenox Skate and Bike Park

230 South Peterboro Street
Canastota, NY 13032

This park welcomes the community and travelers, a "wheel" friendly recreational playground. You can bring your skateboard, BMX bike or scooter to enjoy at our park. With the functional flow of the obstacles, you'll be sure to test your expertise. For more information go to our website lenoxny.com or facebook lenox skate park.

Valley View Walking Trails

298 Sheep-Pen Road
Unadilla, NY 13849

(607) 563-3459
ggcod@citlink.net

Nature trails for hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or mountain biking. Scenic trails with lookout points. Closed during hunting season. Snowshoe rentals available.

Located near downtown Oneonta, the upper level of this park can be accessed via Center Street and has a large picnic pavilion, basketball court, modern playground structure and the beautiful Applebaugh Gardens. The lower level is accessed via Spruce Street and includes a small picnic pavilion, Briggs Swimming Pool, the George Waddington Tennis Courts, handball courts, and two multi-use practice fields. Intermingled throughout Wilber Park's 56 acres are a host of quiet walking and biking trails.

Woodland Cycles

24 S. Main Street
Milford, NY 13807

Woodland Cycles is a full service bicycle shop offering Cannondale hybrid bikes for rent with 1/2 day, full-day, and weekly rates. Helmets and locks are included in the rental price. Call or email the shop to book your rentals for future visits to the area (607) 643-3848 - woodlandcycles@gmail.com. Explore Otsego county the right way, the bike way!