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Hike Your Way Through Schoharie County

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From beautiful sceneries along quaint hiking trails to breathtaking vistas, there’s so much to explore! Located in the foothills of the Catskill Mountain range our region offers unique land formations and ancient relics like no other. Open year-round, watch the changes throughout all four seasons as you join us for biking, dog walking, fishing, boating, snow shoeing and much more! 

 

358 Miles of Exploring, Long Path Hiking Trail (Schoharie Valley): A foot trail from the George Washington Bridge in NYC to the Mohawk River on its way to the Adirondacks. 

Trails Open Year-Round
Free Parking: Approximately 30 different parking areas ranging from 2 to 50 cars
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Other things to do:

  • Bicycling 
  • Backpacking

 

Garden of Trees and Shrubs, Landis Arboretum (Esperance): Over 10 Miles of trails featuring an old growth forest! Group-friendly.

Open Year-Round 

Handicap accessible buildings, driveways, parking areas

Free Parking: 20 to 30 cars in main parking lot and other smaller parking lots around the different trail heads 

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Other things to do:

  • Trail walking 
  • Picnicking
  • Snow Shoeing (seasonal): Bring your own Equipment (BYOE)
  • Cross Country Skiing (seasonal): BYOE
  • Wildlife Observation 

 

Museum in the Woods, Iroquois Museum (Howes Cave): 45-acre Nature Park consisting of fields and woods, with a feeder stream winding its way down to Cobleskill Creek.

Trails Open Year-Round

Free Parking: Museum Parking lot fits 20-30 cars

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Other things to do: 

  • Indoor Museum (seasonal)
  • Trail walks
  • Birding
  • Wildlife Observation

 

Hiking Alongside Cascading Falls, Mine Kill State Park (North Blenheim): Eight miles of trails in New York State Park with a long list of amenities and additional activities. Eighty foot tall Mine Kill Falls, with observation deck that does not require a hike. Pavilions for 45-100 people available for rent.

Park Open Year-Round, dawn to dusk
Free Parking:

  • Mine Kill Falls (approx 20 cars)
  • Park Office (approx 10 cars)
  • Pool Parking Area - first row only (approx 30 cars)

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Other things to do:

  • Swimming (seasonal) – Olympic size pool, diving pool, wading pool
  • Swim lessons Free
  • Playgrounds
  • Mountain biking
  • Athletic fields
  • Motorboating, Kayaking, Water Skiing (seasonal)
  • Outdoor games
  • Snow Shoeing (seasonal): park lends out snowshoes from 8am to 4pm
  • Cross Country Skiing (seasonal): BYOE
  • Snowmobiling
  • Ice Skating
  • Disc Golf: BYOE or rent from the Park Office for $1/disc
  • Picnicking 
  • Fishing
  • Bow Hunting with permit (Fall)

 

Above the Forest View, Vroman’s Nose Hiking Trail (Middleburgh): One of the most scenic and Instagrammable summits in the County. Just a 1.5-mile loop trail with incredible views at the end of a 485 foot climb. 

Open Year-Round
Free Parking: Main Parking lot 15-30 cars

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Other things to do:

  • Dog Walking
  • Picnicking 
  • Camping 
  • Under the Nose Restaurant (Seasonal)

 

Triple Play of History, Science and Nature, Blenheim-Gilboa Power Project NYSPA Visitor Center and Lansing Manor (North Blenheim): Shared outdoor recreation area with Mine Kill State Park. 

Trails Open Year-Round
Free Parking: Main Parking lot 15-30 cars

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Other things to do:

  • Museum tours
  • Trail walks
  • Boating (seasonal)
  • Fishing 
  • Guided interactive activities

 

Vacation in a Tent, Max V. Shaul State Park (Fultonham): Small wooded campground popular for reunions and events in the shady picnic grounds and pavilion available for rent.

Open Year-Round
Free Parking: Parking lot 10-15 cars

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Other things to do:

  • Camping (Open Memorial Day to Columbus Day)- 30 wooded tent and trailer sites
  • Fishing: Schoharie Creek
  • Kayaking: Schoharie Creek
  • Picnicking 
  • Playgrounds (seasonal)
  • Ice Skating (Call Ahead): Park lends skates at the main office
  • Snow Shoeing (seasonal): Park lends snowshoes at the main office
  • Dog-Walking

 

Eagles in the Trees, Schoharie County Eagle Trail (Schoharie): A multi-site bird watching route designed to educate & entertain visitors. Local expert has mapped safe viewing sites to observe resident bald eagles.

Open Year-Round
Free Parking: Multiple sites

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Other things to do: 

  • Trail walks
  • Bird watching

 

Out-n-Back, Cobleskill Creek Trail (Cobleskill): A 2.1 mile nature trail, good for all skill levels.

 

Open Year-Round

Parking lot off Warnerville Cutoff Road

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Other things to do:

  • Nature Observation

 

Eat, Sleep, Hike!, Leonard Hill State Forest (Towns of Broome, Conesville, and Gilboa): Hike the 1.6 mile truck trail though the 1,617 acre forest to an old fire tower (do not climb) at the 2,605 feet summit overlooking the Blenheim-Gilboa Reservoir and Utsayantha Mountain in the distance.

Open Year-Round

There are no designated parking areas, but roadside parking is available in the State forest

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Other things to do:

  • Primitive camping

 

All in One, Burnt-Rossman Hills State Forest (Towns of Blenheim, Fulton, Jefferson, Summit): Multi-use, 10.568 multi-use NYS Forest. Approximately 7.1 miles of the Long Path Hiking Trail passes through. Watersports welcome on Looking Glass Pond, a warm water fishery. Accessible picnic area and fishing piers available. 

Open Year-Round

Free Parking: Parking lot 10-15 cars

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Other things to do:

  • Primitive Camping (Need permit from Ranger if more than three nights or more than 10 people)
  • Paddling
  • Mountain biking
  • Fishing on Looking Glass Pond as well as on Betty Brook, Cole Hollow, Panther Creek, and West Kill
  • Snowmobiling
  • Picnicking – accessible
  • Hunting & Trapping

 

Summit of Schoharie County, Huntersfield Mountain (Conesville): On the Catskill Highest Hundred list, hike mostly along a well-maintained woods road among the pines.

Open Year-Round

Free Parking: Multiple parking areas 

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Other things to do:

  • Camping
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Biking
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing

 

Wildlife Bliss, Franklinton Vlaie Wildlife Management Area (Broome): Explore 195 acres of open water, wetland and upland habitat, of which 85 acres is the Vlaie Pond which are the headwaters of the Catskill Creek.

Open Year-Round

Free Parking: Three Parking lots located north, south and center of lake

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Other things to do:

  • Fishing
  • Wildlife Observation
  • Boating

 

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