Walk Distance: This is a 2.07 mile walk in Cooperstown, NY. The walk has a total ascent of 72.18 ft and the path is on city sidewalks with minimal street traffic except for a short distance along Main St.
Seasons: Sidewalks are maintained during the winter, making this walk a pleasant stroll year-round.
Entrance Fee: None
Night Trail: This entire walk is adequately illuminated by street lights.
Safety: This area is very safe and has very little crime. Cooperstown is a major tourist destination with adequate parking and a park-and-ride trolley service during busy summer months. Additional information regarding Cooperstown can be found at http://www.thisiscooperstown.com/
Difficulty of Walk: 1 out of 5. Most of this walk is well maintained and on level or gently sloping ground. Total elevation gain/loss is less than 73 ft. A nice feature of the walk is that it is very easy to modify the route to visit different residential neighborhoods and to change the overall length of the route.
Photos: All photos are copyright Andy Zygmunt
AHA Walking Path Link (And Printing Link!): http://www.startwalkingnow.org/path52173
MapMyRun Link: http://www.mapmywalk.com/routes/view/70732820
This walk begins at the corner of Main St. and Nelson Ave. Parking can almost always be found along Main St. away from the city center. Another parking alternative is to use the park-and-ride lot found along Route 80 before entering the village. Walk north on Nelson Ave and turn right on to Lake St. These are quiet streets lined with beautiful older homes, some built in the 1800′s. Continue to walk east on Lake Ave. , and take a right on River St. This part of the walk has views of Otsego Lake and the Susquehanna River, and many older homes like that pictured to the left.
Take time to view Otsego Lake from a small park located at the corner of Lake and River streets. Walk south on River St. This part of the walk is along the headwaters of the Susquehanna River, and the houses get considerably larger with many interesting architectural styles. The house below with its interesting stone work can be seen at the corner of River and Main streets.
Continuing south on River St. turn right on to Beaver St. Walk east on Beaver St., take right at Pioneer St. This part of the walk has some of the oldest surviving buildings in Cooperstown. This is also the section of the walk where you have the opportunity to visit the Episcopal church and cemetery where the Cooper family is interred. Turn left on Main St. and return to your starting point.