Have You Heard? Chenango County Has a Secret


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We all need something to look forward to, and there is nothing more motivating than planning your next getaway. In Chenango County, you will find the perfect blend of upstate countryside and exciting adventure to revel in, from well-known destinations to hidden gems. Enjoy classic cars, vibrant arts, and outdoor adventure within the Chenango County borders. Gear up for cross-country skiing, hiking, hunting, snowmobiling, fat biking, and ice fishing in this area we call home.

New York has some of the best hunting and trapping areas in the nation. The NYS Division of Fish and Wildlife manages about 187,000 acres of wildlife.

These areas are located throughout the state, and you can immerse yourself in Chenango County’s rural paradise with 80,000-plus acres that make up the state lands. Chenango County is home to the most public wilderness in New York outside of the Adirondacks.

Sixty percent of the county (which covers roughly 900 square miles) is forested and small game, turkey, trophy white-tailed deer, and even the occasional black bear are found here. Although locals are quite familiar with all the greatest sites to hunt and fish in Chenango, many are hesitant to divulge their best spots, wishing to keep them ‘secret’ for their own special treasures.

One of the newest activities that has burst into the area is mountain biking. Not just for racing, riding the trails provides a great cardio workout for both the younger and older generations. The local mountain biking group has helped transform the area into a regional mountain biking destination that attracts hundreds of bikers and their families. It’s easy to connect with nature and find the terrain that suits your sense of adventure.

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Chenango includes 78 miles of the Finger Lakes Trail System, a network of 1,000 hike-able miles that stretch from the Western NY border deep into the Catskill Mountains. Well-maintained and clearly marked, this destination-worthy trail accommodates hikers and backpackers of all skill levels. Lean-tos are available in various spots along the trails for nighttime rest and relaxation.

Snowmobilers rule this time of the year. Hop on your sled for 150 miles of State Corridor Trail spanning to the north and east parts of the county used exclusively for snowmobiling. Dive back into the powder at Brookfield State Forest, where a highly acclaimed 130-mile horse and snowmobile trail system navigates across 13,000 acres of quiet, serene forests.

Find out what makes Chenago County a destination worthy of your consideration when you start planning your visit. Enjoy unique hidden gems and put a Chenango County twist on your next New York Road trip. No matter what time of year you visit, Chenango will always feel like ‘home.’

Download the visitor’s guide at www.visitchenango.com and plan your visit today.

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Located in Central New York, Chenango County is home to interesting terrain and a wide variety of winter activities. Gear up for cross-country skiing, hiking, hunting, snowmobiling, fat biking, and ice fishing in this area we call home.


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