Explore the most popular trails near Cooperstown with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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walking
1 month ago

Good little trail to do just out of Cooperstown, mixture of wide established path and well trodden single trail. We only saw one other group in the hour or so it took us to walk it. You don’t really need to do the figure of 8 as the red line says, you can just treat it as a big loop. The tower is up at the end of the dotted black line on the AllTrails map, so you can do at the beginning or end of the trail. Definitely worth doing if you’re in the area.

Decent trail but not much to see

hiking
1 month ago

Visited the Baseball Hall of Fame and figured I'd get in a hike as a primer as I was planning to hike Mount Washington in NH the next day. Saw the reviews from others about where to start on Chicken Farm Hill Road since others had apparently got on a trail before this started which was on private property. Going up the road, it is marked clearly and there is a small area across from it that you can back in and park two cars but in reality, this area is not traveled much and you could park along the roadway itself. The entrance to the trail though marked at the beginning, points up what looks like is a private driveway. Because there is no other sign than what says is the trailhead just a little ways up, you wonder if you're walking up to somebody's house. Don't worry though, you're not. Though not marked, it appears to be a NY State Police building, maybe a barracks but not sure. I just saw a couple of their marked vehicles in back of it. Trail is just to the top right of their parking lot behind the building. As far as the hike itself, it wasn't difficult. It was a little muddy in spots due to recent rain but easily traverseable. I thought that after looking at the map, I'd be able to get some lake views but not to be. Though you can see a little bit of the lake as you walk, the forest is just too dense and it was just not possible. Eventually, I got to the end and I figured out how the trail got its name. Nice view and all but if you're looking to do some sightseeing along the way, this trail isn't really it. It's fine for just a quick getaway into the woods though.

well marked trail with a decent climb at the beginning.

on Clark Tower Trail

2 months ago

great for younger kids, short trail

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful walk. More a walk than a hike, though some parts are quite steep.There are more trials than the two loops shown.I you go straight up the hill along the edge of the. meadow, there's also a trail that continues past the cutoff to the tower, down around the back side of the first hill to the left (west), and then along heading SW. Trails aren't marked AT ALL, but are wide and easy to follow. Quite well maintained, and mowed paths in the open field as well. Who maintains this place? Clark Foundation?

What a beautiful walk on great wide trails. Likely perfect for Mt. biking as well. Trails aren’t marked well but just stay right then head left and you’ll make a big loop. As for the tower, if you can’t find it you likely shouldn’t be in the woods without a guide

Lovely, mellow amble through cool mixed hardwood forest. Very easy wide paths, but LOTS of diverging paths that didn’t seem to be represented on the All Trails maps, but still easily navigated. In all, a nice break from in-town Cooperstown crowding. Nice farm-to-table cafe (Origins) just up the road from trailhead.

hiking
3 months ago

Wonderful trail, but could state where the tower is on the map. It was a bit hard to find at first, but if you stay straight on the wide black trail you will run right into it. Great experience overall!

hiking
3 months ago

Trail wasn’t very well marked. Great park with lakefront beach, tons of picnic tables and BBQ pits. A few nice playground sets for kids to play on. Overall a great park, just disappointed that the trails weren’t well marked.

Boring, not much to see

Nice trail

A bit misleading you can’t actually get near the tower because of the fence around it. Trail isn’t marked,but still a nice short hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Trail isn’t marked, and if you follow the trail on this map it doesn’t bring you to the tower. But the trails are clear, and very easy to walk.

Easy climb, but not a lot of grand sweeping views except at the beginning and the trail markers could stand to be touched up. But overall, a good warm up hike.

This is a easy but scenic trail that is appropriate for children and dogs. The trail is ideal for XC skiing.

hiking
10 months ago

First of all, unless we missed something, this is by no stretch of the imagination a HARD hike, nor does one have to be a "very experienced adventurer" to enjoy it. There are a few steep hills, but nothing overly strenuous (and many of the hills are avoidable). There are numerous side trails, not all of which are well-marked, so it's easy to lose one's bearings. The trail shown in the map is not comprehensive of the entire trail system. It's important to note that the tower is at the end of the trail marked in black, and only takes a few minutes to get to.

All-in-all, a very pleasant hike, mostly through a forested area with fern underbrush. We spent about two hours hiking and checking out the tower (which is, unfortunately, surrounded by a fence and inaccessible).

mountain biking
Thursday, September 21, 2017

As one of the caretakers for the family that owns the land from county Rt 33 to Chicken farm, they have asked me to post that it is private land and unless you have written permission to please stay off of it. I do not have any info on the land from Chicken Farm on. Thank you

mountain biking
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

As one of the caretakers for the family that owns the land from county Rt 33 to Chicken farm, they have asked me to post that it is private land and unless you have written permission to please stay off of it. I do not have any info on the land from Chicken Farm to star field. Thank you

hiking
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

We attempted to find the trail but it seemed to only be a four-wheeler trail that went off into the woods...did we miss something?

hiking
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

This is an incredibly easy (very flat; well maintained trail) stroll through the woods that ends at an overgrown field. There is a footpath through the field to a pond, and farther down the footpath are views of Otsego Lake.

We took the pup (he loved it), but make sure dogs are on leash, especially at the beginning of the trail, as it is the K9 training facility for the NY State Troopers.

backpacking
Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Decent trail. starts off with a continuous gradual incline and then is easy the rest of the way. Not really any spectacular scenery. Animals are obviously very used to people being around.

backpacking
Monday, July 31, 2017

Great trail! Make sure you enter on Chicken Farm Hill Road. I wouldn't say it's a hard trail by any means. Very leisurely. Trecked on July 31st Sunny and Hot.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

A bit muddy after rain Last night but a beautiful, peaceful trail

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Nice trail.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

enjoyable and the animals are use to humans. even the deer :)

Sunday, July 02, 2017

enjoyable

mountain biking
Friday, June 16, 2017

I'm covered in mud, my shoes are soaked, and my thighs are aching, but it was an awesome ride out and back with the hill down from chicken farm rd being my favorite part. I wish I was 20ft taller so I could've seen the lake from the field at the end of the trail but it was still an awesome view. Saw another group of mtb riders heading up as we came back!

hiking
Monday, June 05, 2017

This is a fantastic gem in Cooperstown. Starting from Chicken Hill Road it is about 2 miles out to the field. A well maintained trail that is not technical and only a couple of moderate elevation changes.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

You need to start the hike from Chicken Farm Hill, not County Rt 33. Look for the Trailhead Sign!

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