State parks and preserves provide a beautiful backdrop to the towns and villages that live among the rolling hills and breathtaking vistas here in Central New York.

But, with more that 184,500 acres of state land, these nature havens hardly take a backseat.


Outdoor enthusiasts can take their pick of more than 350 miles of trails and use many as gateways to hundreds, even thousands, of miles more.

Traverse Chenango County via five sections and 78 miles of the Finger Lakes Trail System, a massive network of 1,000 hike-able miles that stretch from the Western New York/Pennsylvania border deep into the Catskill Mountains.

Long-distance hikers love the view from Vroman’s Nose in Mine Kill State Park. The popular loop connects with the 350-mile Long Path Trail, which begins in New Jersey’s Palisades and ends near Albany.

Many of New York’s state lands allow ultra-rustic camping, making Central New York a backpacker’s paradise.

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We recommend roughing it in Madison County, where the Brookfield Railroad and Beaver Creek state forests account for a combined 4,332 acres and 130 miles of trails. An early focus of the state’s reforestation efforts of the 1930s, Chenango County is now home to a robust 63,700-plus acres of state land.


Camp among old-growth timber and wonderful waterways in the 107,230-acre Five Ponds Wilderness, one of the most remote areas of the Adirondack Park. Bring your pack and sense of adventure: Much of Five Ponds (actually 105 ponds and 12 named rivers) is trail-less, though there are 52 enchanting miles of marked pathways.

Whether passing through or pitching a tent, hikers and backpackers will find that no matter the direction, length or terrain, all Central New York trails lead to an outdoor experience like no other.


Hiking Listings (75)
Cross Country Fishing Guide Hiking Lake/Pond Museum Snow Shoes
Formerly the site of the Aqua-Terra Sportsman's Club and Innsbruck USA ski area, this undeveloped Broome County Park located in the Town of Binghamton consists of 466 acres of bountiful wildlife and natural settings. Informal trails can be found on both sides of Maxian Road, including a trail around the shore of Agua Terra Pond on the north side of Maxian Road, while steep trails which follow the former ski slopes are found on the other side of the road. From Binghamton, follow Pennsylvania Avenue south for 4.6 miles to Maxian Road. Turn right on Maxian Road and go 1.1 miles to Aqua-Terra Park.
Arnold Lake State Forest

Arnold Lake Road
Hartwick, NY 13348

(607) 547-4488

Arnold Lake State Forest trails lie on New York State and Otsego County lands surrounding Arnold Lake.  The main trail is a 5.5 mile loop that crosses public high-ways at three places.  Parking is available at each of these points, so hikes of different lengths can be arranged if two vehicles are used.  The trail has several short, steep pitches but can be skied comfortably by cross-country skiers of modest ability.

Arnold Lake offers fishing year-round, and is stocked each year with rainbow trout (8-9" in length) and brown trout (8-10" in length).  Please note there is a daily limit of 3 trout.

Recreational Activities at Arnold Lake State Forest

  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Cross Country Skiing

Fishing Access

A launch is located on the northwest corner of lake at outlet on Arnold Lake Road.

Fish Species

  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Chain Pickerel
Arnold Park has picnic tables, sports fields, and a short Nature / Exercise trail. Take NY Route 26 South off of Route 434 (Vestal Parkway). After one mile you come to Pierce Hill Road and a flashing yellow light. There you will see signs directing you to Arnold Park, owned and managed by the Town of Vestal.
BREIA Cross-Country Ski Trails

11903 Potato Hill Road
Boonville, NY 13309

Canal Trailhead, Route 12, Boonville; Egypt Road Trailhead, Alder Creek; Jackson Hill Trailhead, Jackson Hill Road, Boonville

Excellent views of the Fulton Chain of Lakes along with historic fire tower. Two-mile hike round trip, classified moderate difficulty.
This is a level walk with a view of a hill and woods seen across the creek. From the Four Corners area, take Main Street 0.5 miles, on your right is Barlow Park, a Town of Vestal park with picnic pavilion and playground equipment. Follow the wood fence by the parking lot to the corner of the rear fence. You will find a short decline connecting to a dirt trail. Go right on this trail a short distance to the start of the floodwall. The floodwall ends after a 20-minute walk at the bridge on Front St. by Town Hall.
Basswood Pond State Forest

Jacobs Road
Burlington Flats, NY 13315

(607) 547-4488

Basswood Pond State Forest offers varied outdoor recreational opportunities.  The pond site is handicapped accessible with a paved path to the water's edge.  A pit toilet is available.

Recreational Activities at Basswood Pond State Forest

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

Fishing on Basswood Pond

Basswood Pond is managed for both warm and cold water species, with trout fishing the most popular.  It is stocked annually with approximately 350 brown trout (8-15" in length) and 100 rainbow trout (8-10" in length).  A fishing dock is located on the southwest corner of the pond.  Ice fishing and the use of baitfish is prohibited. 

Fish Species

  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Goldfish
  • Golden Shiner
  • Bluntnose Minnow
  • Fathead Minnow
  • Brown Bullhead

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 River Trail

Chenango River Promenade
Wall St
Binghamton, NY 13901

Trails in BinghamtonThis 1.5-mile paved trail runs between two of the city’s most beautiful spaces. Enjoy the natural beauty of the Susquehanna and Chenango rivers by foot or bike, then take a break in Confluence or Cheri Lindsey parks. Find similar trails in and near Otsiningo and Port Dickinson parks for a nature while visiting the city.
This nature preserve encompasses 182 acres of land which includes a 20 acre wetland. From NY Route 434 near the University, take Murray Hill Road to the South. Turn right onto Washington Street, make a left onto Lehigh Avenue and continue to dead end. Alternatively, on-campus parking is free on weekends (use Lot M).
Black River Outdoor Education Program

11904 Potato Hill Road
Boonville, NY 13309

The Black River Outdoor Education Program is opening its campus on Potato Hill Farm this summer  to groups for self-guided foot tours from  en dof July through end of August..

The trails are all located on the campus, with seven trails averaging one mile each across 170 acres of land. In addition to hiking, visitors can enjoy the working farm that includes Black Welsh Mountain sheep, Highland and Limousin cattle, Alpine Dairy goats, Percheron horses, alpacas, donkeys, guinea hens, and peacocks.

Shelter with picnic tables is available along with restrooms and a detailed map.

The tours are open to all groups of two or more. No pets are allowed. All groups must have at least one adult 18 years of age or older. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance by calling 315-484-3415.

Picnic areas, playground, hiking boating, fishing, and swimming.
Brookfield Riding & Driving Association

1968 Fairgrounds Road
Brookfield, NY 13314

The Brookfield Riding and Driving Association is a non-profit equine association striving to represent the interests of horse owners, breeders, trainers and enthusiasts in our community. Our vision is to promote the equine businesses in our area, the show grounds at the Madison County Fairgrounds and the 130 mile, beautiful, Brookfield Trail System. We offer shows and programs that follow the rules and regulations set forth by each disciplineÕs governing body (ie: USEY and USDF).

Brookfield State Forest

Hubbardsville/Brookfield, NY


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

Moscow Rd.
Brookfield, NY 13314

This multi-use trail system provides year-round recreation opportunities on 13,000 acres of state forest with 130 miles of horseback, hiking, cross country skiing and snowmobile trails. The assembly area on Moscow Road has facilities for 150 horses, a pavilion, picnic area, camping facilities and more.

Brookwood Point

6000 State Highway 80
West Lake Road
Cooperstown, NY 13326

Brookwood Point has been an established estate on the shores Otsego Lake since the early 1820's and is home to a 100 year old Italianate Renaissance garden.

Over the past 100 years, Brookwood has fostered many pitter-pattering petite feet and young minds. From the seven Townsend children in the early 1900's to the slews of SUNY interns and Clark Sports Center Adventure Camp kids of this past summer, Brookwood is a place to roam and explore nature in all her glory.

The property is unique in that it hosts a diversified ecosystem: meadows and fields, seasoned and young woods, wetlands, shorefront, lake, creek and historic cultivated gardens. Each component of the 22 acre property creates a different habitat, making Brookwood a melting pot of wildlife!

Brookwood is an outdoor classroom, brimming with opportunities for experiences in nature. Grab someone young, old or in between, bring along a picnic and enjoy all Brookwood Point has to offer.

FLT spans NY State. 72 miles runs through Chenango County. Activities such as cross-country skiing, hiking and showshoeing are all available.
Calhoun Creek State Forest

South Line Rd
Morris, NY 13808

(607) 574-4488

Calhoun Creek State Forest offers 730 acres for recreational use.  Use caution, as hunting and trapping is permitted during certain times of the year.

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.

The mission of CPF is to protect the historic, agricultural and natural resources in and around Cazenovia for the benefit of the community. CPF sponsors many community events, such as the popular walk among the spirits cemetery tour. Check the website for our schedule or info on visiting our 12+ miles of trails for hiking, biking and skiing.

This property totals over 9,400 acres in southeast Madison County and makes up the core area of the Brookfield Trail System, a highly acclaimed horse and snowmobile trail system. Watch for turkey, ruffed grouse and migratory songbirds.

Chenango Valley State Park

153 State Park Road
Route 369
Chenango Forks, NY 13746

(607) 648-5251

Whether you need to find the perfect picnic spot, a cool lake for swimming or trails to hike this is the park for you. Chenango Valley State Park is 12 miles outside of Binghamton via I-88, Exit 3 to NY Route 369 North. Hiking trails are also used for cross-country skiing during the winter. Best place to park -- use the beach lot! Camping: Open: Mid-May to Mid-October 52 electric only, 130 tent sites, 24 cabins Pets Okay Swimming Boating Fishing Waste Station
Cherry Valley State Forest

Kiniskern Road
Cherry Valley, NY 13320

(607) 547-4488

Cherry Valley State Forest offers 1,566 acres of recreational land in the towns of Cherry Valley and Roseboom.  

Recreational Activities at Cherry Valley State Forest

  • Hiking
Chittenango Falls State Park

5241 Gorge Rd.
Cazenovia, NY 13035

This 194-acre park has picnic areas, fishing, and hiking trails. The main feature of the park is a 167 foot waterfall formed 10,000 years ago. A trail winds from the top of the falls down to the bottom.

Chugnut River Walk

Riverview Dr
McKinley Ave. NY Rte 26 Bridge
Endicott, NY 13760

This paved path starts under the McKinley Ave Bridge beside the Susquehanna River and follows the flood wall west for 0.7 miles before rising to the levee at Bridge Street. The West entrance is off of River Terrace Road and the East entrance is in the Village of Endicott Park accessed via Riverview Drive.
Delta Lake State Park

8797 State Route 46
Rome, NY 13440

Deowongo Island

Canadarago Lake
Richfield Springs, NY 13439

Deowongo Island is the only island in Canadarago Lake, located in north central Otsego County. Well known by locals and visitors, Deowongo Island is an iconic treasure in the region that has a unique cultural and ecological history. Native Americans, traders, fishermen, botanists and tourists frequented the Island and Canadarago Lake that were along a popular travel route from the Mohawk Valley. Starting in June 2013, the public will be welcome to visit the island to engage in nature observation and low-impact recreational activities such as walking, hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing in our Conservation Areas.

The Erie Canal Cycling Trail in Oneida County starts in the western part near Sylvan Beach - east thru Rome and continues to Utica. The trail then pick up Bike Route 5 to continue East.  Local Maps for the trail can be found at or go to www.hocts.org and use Bicylcle and Pedestian maps Sections M-1, J-1, J-2. K-1 and O-1.

Interactive map at Parks and Trails link


Fetterley Forest Conservation Area is a 106-acre working forest with over 1 mile of trails. Recently entrusted to Otsego Land Trust and the community, OLT will continue the conservation legacy of the Fetterleys by using the property as a working forest preserve as they did. Fetterley Forest is a great place for friends and family to explore Panther Mountain, the scenic ridgeline overlooking Canadarago Lake.

The Finger Lakes Trail is a footpath for hikers which stretches 560 miles from the PA/NY border in Allegheny State Park to the Long Path in the Catskill Forest Preserve, crossing beautiful and remote areas of the Southern Tier of NYS. Information for obtaining detailed maps is on the website. The Finger Lakes Trail is connected to Madison County via the Link Trail.


Spans NY State. Five trail sections (77.9) miles run through Chenango County. Activity such as bird watching, cross country skiing, hiking and snowshoeing are available.
Gaius Cook Memorial Park

189 Parks Road
Chenango Forks, NY 13746

Day use for fishing, boating, picnicking, play area for children, hiking, bird-watching
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.

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

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

Goodyear Swamp Sanctuary

State Highway 80
Springfield Center, NY 13468

(607) 547-4488

Goodyear Swamp Sanctuary, a wetland at the northwest end of Otsego Lake, is managed by the SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station for research and education.  It provides protection to rare plants and animals and helps maintain water quality in Otsego Lake.

Recreational Activities at Goodyear Swamp Sanctuary

  • Hiking


From Cooperstown, drive 8 miles north on State Highway 80 to The Glimmerglass Festival.  Park in the Festival parking lot on the west side of the highway and cross the highway to the south entrance of the Festival grounds.  Please do not park along this driveway.  Access from the lake is also available, via a forty-foot dock.


A system of trails and boardwalks provides a moderate walk of over .25 miles in which to observe more than 200 species of large vascular plants, thousands of invertebrate organisms, as well as waterfowl, fur-bearing mammals, amphibi

Greenwood Park

153 Greenwood Road
(off Route 26)
Lisle, NY 13797

GreenwoodThe 420-acre Greenwood Park sets a perfect scene for day on the cross-country ski trails. Pick up a pair of snowshoes or skis for just $5 per hour and enjoy 5.5 miles of well-groomed trails. Go ahead and bring a sled for some tobogganing. Amenities at Broome County’s first and oldest park include a warming room. Beach Boating - Rental Campsites – Rental Canoeing - Rental Cross Country - Rental Fishing Guide Hiking Horseshoes Ice Fishing Lake/Pond Picnic Sledding Snack Bar Snow Shoes Swimming Tobogganing Volleyball
Hawkins Pond Nature Area

224 Scouten Hill Road
5 miles off NY Route 17
Windsor, NY 13865

Broome County’s Hawkins Pond Nature Area offers approximately 4 miles of hiking and cross-country ski trails, with additional trails found in the State Forest on the other side of McAlister Road. Take NY Rte 17 to Windsor Exit (NY Route 79). Turn right on NY Route 79 and go approximately 3.5 miles to Edson Road. Turn right onto Edson Rd. and go 2 miles to Scouten Hill Road. Turn left onto Scouten Hill Road. and go approximately. 2 miles to the park.
Herkimer & Oneida County Bike Atlas

321 Main Street
Utica, NY 13502

(315) 798-5710

Download pdf available at www.hocts.org. Revised atlas in the planning stage.Currently find:

Boonville Black River Feeder Canal Trail

Deansboro Chenango Canal Towpath Trail

Bridgewater Utica Chenango Susquehanna Valley Trail


DRAFT of New mapsDraft 2010


Hick State Forest

Perry Hill Road
Roseboom, NY 13450

(607) 547-4488

The 1,293 acres of R. Milton Hick Memorial State Forest include all stages of the cycle of forest management: mature mixed hardwoods, softwood plantations, young growth, and recent logging.

Recreational Activities at Hick State Forest

  • Hiking
  • Cross Country Skiing


From Pleasant Brook on State Highway 165, turn south on La Fleure Road.  At .3 miles, take a left fork onto Perry Hill Road and continue up a steep hill to the trailhead parking area on the right, at 1.8 miles from State HIghway 165.

In winter, an alternative route with gentler grades is often preferrable.  From County Highway 34, 3 miles north of Westford of 3.5 miles south of State Highway 165, turn north on Josclyn Road, which becomes Perry Hill Road, and continue 1 mile to the trailhead parking lot.  Most of La Fleure Road, which also bisects Hick State Forest, is not maintained in winter.


The Susq

Hunts Pond

New Berlin, NY


250 acres, campsites, pavilion, picnic area. Activities: boating, fishing, hiking and X-country skiing
IBM Glen

Robinson Hill Road
Johnson City, NY 13790

The IBM Glen property, once part of the former IBM Country Club, is now owned and managed by the Waterman Conservation Center of Apalachin, NY. The Glen comprises over 200 acres in the Town of Union with several miles of marked trails using 3-inch diameter plastic blue, red and yellow markers placed on trees 5 to 7 feet above the ground. From NY Rte 17 West or East take Exit 70 North, turn left at light. Continue on Harry L. Drive West which becomes Watson Blvd. Turn right onto Country Club Road, and near the top of the hill turn right onto Robinson Hill Road. Look for the entrance to the Glen on the right hand side of the road.
Canoes, 18 acres, located on Pharsalia Wildlife Management area. Fish: Northern pike, largemouth bass & panfish.
This 311-acre Town of Vestal park is located on State Line Road off of NY Rte 26. Hiking, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing can all be found on its several miles of marked hilly trails, some of which crisscross scenic creeks and streams.
L. L. Bean

304 Towne Center Drive
Fayetteville, NY 13066

L. L. Bean is a company dedicated to outdoor recreation and education. We offer an Outdoor Discovery School in Cazenovia where we host adventures in kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, fly-casting and snowshoeing. We provide group outings to local recreational sites such as the Nelson Swamp Unique Area and Stony Pond is which we explore the local trails and parks. To see the different activities we are involved in and to join us, go to www.llbean.com/fayetteville

A hiking trail linking natural, cultural, and historic resources in Central New York, provides a connection between the Finger Lakes Trail and the Old Erie Canal Park in Canastota, only a few segments are still under construction. Attractions include Muller Hill State Forest, The Tioughnioga Wildlife Management Area, the Nelson Swamp Unique Area, the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park. The trail includes connections with the local Cazenovia Preservation Foundation Trail System and a major segment south of Canastota.

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.

Mt. Hope features; 65 acres of land for fishing, hiking, mountain biking, cross country skiing, and camping. Mt. Hope was home to OneidaÕs first swimming hole back in the 1940Õs and 1950Õs.

NY Recreation Web Map

P O Box 525
Herkimer, NY 13350

Print hiking maps & biking maps with nearby amenities. Trail descriptions and elevation profiles are provided for many of the trails in the accompanying .pdf documents. Find lodging and dining establishments, shopping and much more within your day's destination or vacation home away from home. Numerous search options are provided. You can link through to our participating businesses' websites within the map.

Nathaniel Cole Park

1674 Colesville Road
Harpursville, NY 13787

This Broome County park located in Harpursville on Colesville Road features a 53-acre lake as well as self-guided nature trails, including a 1.5 mile loop around the scenic lake. From Binghamton, take NY Rte 17 East / I-81 South to Exit 3 (Industrial Park Exit). At bottom of ramp, turn left at the light onto Colesville Road. Follow Colesville Road 6 miles. Entrance will be on your right.
Nelson Swamp Unique Area

Stone Quarry Rd.
Cazenovia, NY 13035

The Nelson Swamp Unique Area is located in the west central section of Madison County within the Townships of Nelson, Cazenovia and Fenner. Nelson Swamp is an exhibit of unique and uncommon environmental values within the rapidly changing landscape of Central New York. The 0.7-mile Nelson Swamp Interpretive Trail provides opportunities for people with disabilities to access a northern white cedar swamp and learn about its natural and cultural history.

Nichols Pond County Park

Nichols Pond Rd.
Canastota, NY 13032

Set on the historic site of an Oneida Indian Village and recognized as the site of the 1615 Champlain-Oneida Battleground. There are 45 acres with nature trails for hiking and winter activities, an observation deck overlooking a wetland habitat, interpretive signs, pavilions and a picnic site with grills. The park is a great location to observe the Fenner Wind Power Project.

Old Erie Canal State Park

Lakeport Rd.
Chittenango, NY 13037

(315) 687-7821

The towpath runs the entire length of the county and provides opportunities for fishing, hiking, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, horseback riding, and canoeing. The forested land adjacent to the canal is a mixture of hardwoods and conifers and is home to many species of wildlife.

Otsego Land Trust

101 Main Street, Pioneer Alley
P.O. Box 173
Cooperstown, NY 13326

Otsego Land Trust preserves the distinctive rural character of the Otsego Region in Central New York by maintaining the natural and cultural legacy handed down through generations. OLT protects healthy lands and clean waters by working with private landowners to legally conserve their lands into perpetuity and by acquiring lands to open to the public. OLT maintains several Conservation Areas, where the public is welcome to engage in quiet, unobtrusive nature observation and low-impact recreational activities such as walking, hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.

Scenically located along the Chenango River, this Broome County park provides a paved bicycle and pedestrian path and is located off of Bevier Street. Otsiningo got its name from the Indians who once lived there, it was the site of an Indian village in the 18th century. The north entrance of Otsiningo Park is located behind the Northgate Plaza. It has a level loop trail that connects to the park, located to the south. From Binghamton take I-81 North to Exit 5 (Front Street). Turn left at the traffic signal onto Front Street (US Route 11 South). Turn left at the first traffic signal onto Bevier Street. Otsiningo Park is immediately on the left.
Oxbow Falls County Park

6919 Oxbow Rd.
Canastota, NY 13032

This county park is set on 125 acres of woodland, streams, and rugged terrain with a beautiful 100 foot waterfall. Located on the northern edge of the Helderberg Escarpment, it offers panoramic views stretching across Oneida Lake to Lake Ontario. Enjoy the ball field, hiking trails and New York State's only 18 hole disc golf course.

The Parker F. Scripture Botanical Gardens and Nature Trail were dedicated to honor a local nurseryman and former County Legislator, Parker F. Scripture. The Nature Trail, Gardens and the Extension Offices encompass approximately 15 acres of land owned by Oneida County.

Come and view the Extension Gardens (seasonal), Butterfly House (seasonal), Beehives, and Woodland Nature Trail throughout the year. The gardens are designed and maintained by Master Gardener Volunteers. The gardens feature Perennial plants including an extensive Daylily Garden, All-America Selections Annual Display Garden, Vegetable Garden, Planters, Cottage Garden, Herb Garden, and Water Garden.We are developing a Pet Therapy area as well as a Children's educational area. Public Gardening Classes and youth field trip opportunities are available please contact the Extension office at 736-3394 for more information on classes and fees.The grounds are opened dawn to dusk, free of charge seven days a week.

Pharsalia WMA - the oldest WMA in New York State - has some of the largest blocks of forest in the region and supports a diversity of birds and other species which prefer such habitat. It is one of the few areas of the state outside the Adirondacks or Catskills that has breeding Swainson's thrush. In addition, Pharsalia WMA contains multiple impoundments providing habitats ranging from open water to wet meadow, and grassland areas ranging from small forest openings to ten-plus acres.
Philip A. Rayhill Memorial Recreational Ttail

Town of New Hartford to Whitestown, NY

(315) 724-0654

The trail begins, at the east end, at a trailhead parking lot located on New Hartford Street..Head West from there and the trail crosses Route 5A/Commercial Drive, then Middle Settlement Road, Clarks Mills Road and Halsey Road.

Pixley Falls State Park

State Route 46
Boonville, NY 13309

This community park is found on the eastern shore of the Chenango River where the I-88 bridge crosses over the river. A level three quarter mile walking trail along the perimeter of the park has been built, complete with exercise stations. The park is located in upper Port Dickinson, just north of the Municipal Hall, with one entrance/exit on Chenango Street.
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
Operated by Friends of Rogers, they offer demonstrations and programming related to the outdoors. Hiking and other outdoor activities are aslo offered.

Welcome to Stoney Pond State Forest. The 1,469 acres offers visitors an opportunity to view a range of different flora and fauna. The State Forest is a blend hard and soft woods. The 13 mile-long Nordic Ski Trail is an important part of multiple use management of the forest. The trails wind through both natural forests and plantations and around Stoney Pond. Most trails are designed for skiers with a beginner or intermediate skill level.

Tracy Creek State Forest covers 512 acres in the town of Vestal in Broome County and the town of Owego in Tioga County, along the NY/Pa border. Although no formal trails exist on the forest, access through the woods is good due to extensive trails created by firewood cutters and these areas are used for hiking, skiing, horseback riding and mountain biking. From Vestal, go south from Ross Corners along Tracy Creek Road for about three miles, Tracy Creek Road then turns into Collins Road which runs through the forest before entering Pennsylvania.
Download 15 maps of hiking trails in and around Madison County.
Trenton Greenbelt Trails

Wood Rd
Barneveld, NY 13304

Valley View Walking Trails

298 Sheep-Pen Road
Unadilla, NY 13849

(607) 563-3459

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

Verona Beach State Park

6541 Lake Shore Road South
Verona Beach, NY 13162

This paved hiking and biking trail is 2.1 miles long and runs from North Main Street in Vestal to African Road, parallel to and on the north side of the Vestal Parkway (NY Route 434). Parking is behind the Shoppes at Vestal, 2317 Vestal Parkway East. ** Plans are underway to extend the trail West **
Whaupaunaucau State Forest

North Norwich, NY


1,187 acres of trails that are available for X-country skiing and hiking. Fishing is also available on Jeffrey's Pond, a 10-acre impoundment
The trail is 2.0 miles long and goes from Broome County’s Dorchester Park around the southern shore of the Whitney Point Lake to Keibel Road in Whitney Point. The Whitney Point Lake was built by the Army Corps of Engineers on the Otselic River to create a flood control lake 1200 acres in size and 4.5 miles long. Take I-81 North 15 miles from Binghamton to Exit 8, Whitney Point. Follow NY Route 26 North through the town intersection and east across the river. At the top of the hill turn left at the dam access road.

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.

This Town of Chenango park consists of 182 acres and approximately 3.5 miles of hiking trails. A very scenic waterfall can be found along the Nature Trail overlooking Dorman Creek. Take Fuller Road off of US 11 (Upper Front Street), turn left after the underpass on Dorman Road, and follow signs.