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In Chenango County, like the rest of Central New York, we all look forward to the change of each season, and after the long, cold winter, spring is an unparalleled favorite. The warmer weather allows us to venture into the great outdoors and enjoy the sunshine and a myriad of activities. Revel in a family adventure, explore the trail systems, and travel the picturesque roads to take in our beautiful landscape. Visit our historic spots, and take respite in quiet little pubs and restaurants.
What makes us different? The outstanding beauty of our trails, the area lakes and streams, our small-town rural charm, the numerous parks, and most of all—the chance for relaxation no matter what option you choose. Throw a fishing rod in one of our 235 miles of trout streams, 115 miles of warm water rivers, and many ponds and lakes. Or jump into the canoes and kayaks and float down the waterways of Chenango and beyond.
Another of our great outdoor assets is Bowman Lake State Park. Many visitors have described it as a camper’s paradise. Today, with 11,000 acres of State Department of Environmental Conservation forest land bordering the park, Bowman Lake retains a unique and special wilderness aspect for all to enjoy. Considered by most as a family-fun vacation spot, campers come from all over New York State and beyond to spend time in the woodland atmosphere and the remote 660 acres of the large, shaded campsites.
Want more of our outdoors? Another outdoor destination is The Greenway River Trails, which started out as the “City of Norwich Greenbelt Park Project.” Envisioned as a public, multi-use, run-walk-bike trail system along the Chenango River within the city limits, we see it as a public destination with an overlook to sit, relax, watch the river, observe wildlife, and just enjoy the outdoors.
From the Greenway River Trails, the Greenway Conservancy group has moved to another location to expand a new outdoor arena that is in the making. What was previously coined as the “Stone Quarry” has now become a cherished recreational destination for hiking, biking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, exploration and storytelling by generations of Norwich
children and families.
Chenango County is in Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 7 and the Berry Hill Fire Tower is located near McDonough State Forest. The tower is open to the public year-round from sunrise to sunset and at an elevation of 1,960 feet, the fire tower is one of the highest points in Chenango County. We encourage you to pack a lunch and hike to the fire tower where the views are spectacular no matter what season you visit.
Prefer indoor activities? They also abound here. We have the Northeast Classic Car Museum, The Chenango County Historical Museum, art galleries, and our very own wineries and breweries that serve a myriad of craft brews and specialty wines.
Regardless of the season, Chenango County has something to offer. Those of us who live here every day take for granted the beauty and attractions all around us.
We want everyone to know how privileged we are here in Chenango County and will welcome you warmly.
For ‘Everything Chenango’, go to our website – visitchenango.com, or call 607-334-1400 to get your free visitors guide.
Nestled among the hills of South-Central New York, Chenango County is waiting to host you for your next family vacation or romantic getaway. From famous festivals to kid-friendly activities, there is something for everyone right here in the center of it all.