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Hiking in Otsego County
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Perched atop a hill in Southern Otsego County, Betty & Wilbur Davis State Park provides spectacular views to the south and west. Nearly two thirds of the park is blanketed by a forest of hardwoods intermixed with smaller areas of conifer plantation. The remainder of this 200 acre property is occupied by gently rolling meadowlands and two ponds.
The park is named for the generous New York couple who donated the land to the state. The park offers a variety of recreational opportunities and has expansive views and tranquil surroundings. You will enjoy exploring and fall in love with this park.
On-site facilities include a picnic area and the sunset pavilion picnic shelter. The park also features a 2.8 mile looping hiking trail called Andy's Trail and a woodland stream. Another park activity includes catch and release fishing in the parks two ponds. Winter activities include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobile trails that connect to the state corridor trail system.
The six cabins that are located on the property are available for renting. They are very nice cabins. This park is still under development, but is definitely worth the visit. There are no fees to enter this state park, which makes it an even better reason to visit. A new parking area, rest rooms, pavilion and playground was just finished when we visited the park in mid August 2009. The rest rooms are equipped with "flush" toilets and running water. The new parking area isn't on the park map below. It is located north of the ponds.
Located in Westford, the park is just a short drive from Cooperstown, home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Betty & Wilbur Davis State Park is sure to be a fantastic destination for any family outing. Look for some pictures and a video of the park below. There is also a map of the park. For more information about hiking Andy's Trail --> click here.
- From New York City and Albany: Take NYS Thruway to Exit 25A (I-88) to Exit 18 (Schenevus); NY 7 W to Co. Rt. 34 N; Co. Rt. 36A W to park entrance – Davis Rd.
- From the West (Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse): Take NYS Thruway (I-90) E to Exit 30 Herkimer-Mohawk; NY 28 S to Richfield Springs US 20 E to NY 166 (Cherry Valley); Co. Rt. 35 S (Middlefield); Co. Rt. 36A E to park entrance – Davis Rd.
- From Binghamton: Take I-88 E to exit 18 W to Exit 18 (Schenevus); NY 7 W to Co. Rt. 34 N; Co. Rt. 36A W to park entrance – Davis Rd.
Bench along Andy's Trail
Renatl cabin at Betty & Wilbur Davis State Park
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