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New York State Lands

Basswood
Pond

 

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Basswood Pond State Forest occupies 711 acres in Otsego County near Cooperstown, NY in the town of Burlington.  There is a day use area with picnic tables, grills, accessible paved trail, accessible privy and an overlook on a pond located on Conservation Road.

There are about five miles of marked hiking trails located in the state forest.  You could create a nice figure eight loop hike with the trails.  We only briefly hiked on a couple of the trails and they did look to be somewhat maintained and used.  There are two trail maps below.  The topo map is an estimated tracks of the trails.

Basswood Pond State Forest is a great place to visit and create your own adventure. It's one of those remote locations that no one knows about.  Take a drive, visit and you won't be disappointed.  Look below for some pictures and a video of the state forest.

Directions:

From points East: Take NY 80 West out of Cooperstown. In Burlington, make a right onto County Route 16. Approximately 1.5 miles, make a left onto Basswood Road. Make first right on the State Forest Truck Trail (Conservation Road) and proceed to day use area.

 

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Paved trail at the day use area

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Paved trail leads to accessible picnic area on Basswood Pond

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Mowed path next to pond leads to the figure eight trail in the forest

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Forest trail marked with blue DEC plastic markers

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Picnic area overlooks the scenic pond

 

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