Recreation and Sporting Activities
Four rivers, abundant forests and beautiful rolling hills are the
treasures of Chenango County. 80,000 acres of state lands are criss-crossed
with trails suitable for hiking, horse-back riding, cross-country skiing, and
Bowman Lake State
Park - The Finger Lakes Trail - The Brookfield Trail System - Whaupaunaucau State Forest -
Rogers Environmental Education Center - List of Golf Courses - List of Stables
|Bowman Lake State Park
just outside of Oxford, Bowman Lake State Park has a wilderness apsect you might not
expect to find in Central New York. Within the park's 653 acres sits a 35-acre
natural spring-fed lake. Spend the day, hike around Bowman Lake, and have a picnic
at one of the many picnic facilities. If paddling is your pleasure, rent a paddle
boat at the boathouse, or simply spend an afternoon enjoying the scenery from a chair on
the sand beach. Bring the family for the weekend and camp at one of 198 large camp
sites. Then hike the park's nature trails. Keep your eyes open for a white-tailed
deer, a wild turkey, a red fox and her kits, and maybe even a beaver. Geese, ducks,
warblers, and woodpeckers are among the birds you can spot. Magnificent mosses,
ferns and towering maples line the quiet woodland trails. Bowman Lake State Park is
open all year for fishing, summer and winter camping, swimming, bycycling, hiking,
cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.
||The Finger Lakes Trail
on the Finger Lakes Trail (FLT) in Chenango County gain another perspective on our
beautiful countryside. Traversing the county from the northwest to the southeast
corner, the FLT offers 72 miles of hiking through state land and park land, along fence
rows and through forests. Discover the magnificent gorge in North Pharsalia.
Hike through fertile meadows and hillsides and stands of balsam. Along the trail,
see sparkling waterfalls and points of historical interest, like the stone foundation of
an old stagecoach inn and large, mysterious old stone piles. In the fall, the
trails are lined with amber, red and gold, and views are ablaze with the autumn colors
that are the trademark of Chenango County. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Brookfield Trail System
The Brookfield Trail System offers 130 miles for horseback riding and
snowmobiling, and is shared between Chenango and Madison counties. The trail has an
assembly and camping area that can accommodate up to 150 horses and campers. Stalls,
rest areas, picnic areas and camping facilities are available. Hikers and
corss-country skiers enjoy the Brookfield Trail System as well.
Another great trail system can be found at Whaupaunaucau State Forest in
North Norwich. Hikers and cross-country skiers have access to nearly 1,200 acres of
state land. It's a great location for a day hike, or plan an overnight stay in a
lean-to along the trail.
Rogers Environmental Education Center
There is a lot to do at Rogers Center. Its 600 acres offer a variety of habitats for the walker, bird watcher, photographer, snowshoer, or cross-country skier. Trails traverse woodlands, meadows, wetlands, plantations, and farm fields. The Visitor Center features exhibits focusing on natural resources, a library, staff offices, classroom space, and restrooms. The upper gallery of the Visitor Center offers a view of the marsh, enabling the visitor to see geese and ducks feeding, muskrats swimming, and great blue herons and osprey fishing.
Scheduled Programs and Services:
Rogers Center staff provide a variety of programs for interested visitors. Program areas include natural resources, nature study, ecological concepts, and environmental quality.
School Visits -
School groups come for a variety of programs or on a self-guided basis. Visits should be arranged at least three months in advance.
Youth Groups - Camping sites and programs are available to educational groups. Programs are designed to meet the group's needs, such as merit badge requirements.
Special Interest Groups -
slide shows and other programs are available on a variety of nature and environmental topics.
Teacher Workshops -
Project WILD in lesson plan format, the K-12 Activity Guide provides 122 interdisciplinary lessons cross-referenced by grade, subject, topic, skill and time required; and includes early childhood extensions. Project WILD Aquatic forty-eight more activities emphasize aquatic wildlife and their habitats. Project WET offers ninety-one activities to help students understand water and water issues. Science & Civics offers high school students informative, innovative and interactive science and social science activities. Flying WILD presents forty-three activities designed to excite middle school students about celebrating birds. Below ZERO focuses on winter ecology: wildlife in winter and frozen conditions. Proyecto WILD offers some activities from both Basic and Aquatic WILD in Spanish. Inquire about other topics.
Public Programs - Weekend and evening programs are offered throughout the year for individuals and families. Visit our Scheduled Programs and Services page on our website http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1831.html.
Naturalist Intern Program - Three months of training help people learn the skills of an environmental educator.
Rogers Center in Winter:
Rogers Environmental Interpretation Institute - An intensive four-week course in natural history and environmental education.
Winter Living Celebration - Our annual big event includes many winter activities and attractions for everyone.
Accessible features: Day use, picnic pads, grills, picnic tables, rest rooms, nature walk, and pavilion.
Chenango County is a recreation destination year-round. Every
season has something unique and special to offer. In winter, you can break a trail
across a field of white. In spring, our pristine rivers and streams flow with winter
runoff and the fishing is lively. In summer, the woods and lakes offer solitude
while the towns and villages are bustling with good company. And in autumn, the
scenery will take your breath away as you come of the rise of a hill and see a sweeping
valley of forest land resplendent in the colors of fall, waiting for you to Make tracks to Chenango County.