Fall in upstate New York is a spectacular season, notable for its incredible foliage. For Cooperstown locals and visitors alike, a drive along Lake Otsego is a colorful show, full of the red and gold hues that make autumn so appealing. Getting outside to enjoy the natural beauty is a favorite pastime for many Cooperstownians, and here are a few can't-miss autumn hikes for your next adventure.
Glimmerglass State Park offers several trails, ranging from easy to a more challenging uphill climb. The Sleeping Lion Trail wraps around Mount Wellington, with views of the north end of Lake Otsego. While this 2 mile trail includes a steep uphill climb, being able to take in the "Glimmerglass" of James Fenimore Cooper's novels is a scenic reward. Also on the grounds of Glimmerglass State Park is the oldest covered bridge in the United States. The Covered Bridge Trail is an easy one mile, out and back hike that starts and finishes at this site of architectural history, built in 1823.
James Fenimore Cooper drew much inspiration from the natural beauty of Cooperstown for his novels. Over the years, Cooper owned several properties in the area, including Chalet Farm, which once stood on the land now known as Star Field. A hike to Star Field offers a glimpse into Cooper's world, with a view overlooking Lake Otsego. At just over 3.5 miles, this moderate out and back hike along the east side of the lake will help you reach your daily step count!
Somedays, you're up for the challenge of a trail hike. And then there are days when a relaxing stroll is in order. The 22 acre grounds at Brookwood Point gives visitors a chance to explore many facets of nature, including a 100 year old garden, wetlands, and woods, as well as excellent opportunities for birding. Open to the public April through November, there is still time left in the season to take in an easy walk, and enjoy more lake views, this time for the western shore.
There is a wealth of natural beauty to explore in Cooperstown, and hiking our many trails is the perfect way to experience it firsthand. Whether you're staying at The Otesaga this fall or dreaming of next year's autumn adventures, your itinerary will be full of incredible views.