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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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
5 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
8 months ago

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
8 months ago

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
8 months ago

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
9 months ago

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
9 months ago

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
9 months ago

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.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful scenery...quite an adventure!

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

Nice trail.

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

enjoyable

mountain biking
11 months ago

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
11 months ago

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.

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

hiking
Monday, April 03, 2017

Good trail

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Beautiful

Thursday, February 23, 2017

It was a beautiful hike. Had such a nice time. Super wet with snow on this gorgeous February day!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

why does the sign say "no entry written permission only " ?? should you list this trail if its not open to the public?? Disappointed, drove all the way out here and not able to walk!

hiking
Monday, January 23, 2017

we went out to hike this and there are 2 significant drawbacks. One, the driving directions to get thee are wrong. We ended p in down town coopers town and had to ask for directions. The second problem we ran into was that the only marked trail was about a mile. There are other trails that I plan on going back to see if we can fine the 6.7 miles, but our experience this weekend was disappointing. The tower was beautiful though.

hiking
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Nice easy hike that meanders through the forest. Saw a few deer.

hiking
Tuesday, September 06, 2016

kind of a boring hike but pretty and we came across two deer

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Easy trail, plenty of wildlife.

Monday, April 25, 2016

We do this trail once a year while we're visiting Glimmerglass Lake. It is a well maintained and easy to follow trail with parking just off from the trailhead. If you continue down past the entrance to the trail there is a nice stone bench overlooking the lake and it's a good spot to catch a quick pre-hike snack. The trail starts off steep and runs through the woods, there isn't a lot of scenery but there is a small amount of wild life (squirrels, chipmunks, and birds) that you will encounter. As you crest the hill and start heading back down in elevation it starts to get a little muddy, but that's nothing to worry about most times of the year. The trail ends over past the "tin top" and the Hyde Hall visitor center nearby. You will need to walk down the "roadway" owned by Hyde Hall to get back to the parking lot at the trail head so now is a great time to stop and visit the Hall as well! If you time it good, you can finish up the hike right before a tour starts.

hiking
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

A little muddy

hiking
Monday, June 15, 2015

Pretty hike through woods. Loads of birds and curious chipmunks. A little steep and muddy in places.

hiking
Saturday, November 22, 2014

The trail was well marked with a good mix of hill and level areas. It had just snowed the night before so the terrain was a bit slippery at some points. If you are looking for a trail to see the lake the whole time then this probably is not the right one. It starts out and finishes besides the lake allowing for views buy majority of the hike is through the forest. Saw plenty of deer and was very tranquil. Dog friendly. The Hyde House would be a welcome treat at the end to explore in the summer.

hiking
Monday, August 04, 2014

Easy trail, not much too it. Nice for an afternoon walk. No views of the lake which is disappointing.

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