Chenango Valley State Park
|Description: Chenango Valley State Park is an Ice Age wonder. Envision the glacier that
left behind huge chunks of buried ice that melted and created the “kettle”
lakes—Lily and Chenango—found here. That ancient phenomenon set the
stage for the rich habitat enjoyed by wildlife and visitors alike at Chenango
Valley State Park.|
Wildlife to Watch: Visitors often see deer, woodchucks
and wild turkeys here. If you are lucky,
you may catch a glimpse of a nesting
pair of bald eagles along the banks of
the Chenango River. Birdwatchers will
enjoy woodpeckers, nuthatches, warblers,
herons, ducks and kingfishers,
as well as great blue or green herons, Canada geese, mallards, wood ducks and mergansers at the lakes. In recent
years, several pairs of eagles have nested along the Chenango River close to
the park, and seeing these birds of prey has become fairly common.
Special Tips: Open year-round, from sunrise to sunset. There is a vehicle entrance
fee between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
This site has some accessible features, including tent sites and
607-648-5251, 153 State Park Road, Chenango Forks, NY 13746
Other Activities: Nearly 15 miles of trails include the easy Lily Lake Loop, which is 1.8 miles
long, and the equally easy Chenango Lake Loop, a little longer at 2.1 miles.
Because there are few trail markings, visitors are strongly advised to take a
copy of a trail map with them.
Size: 1,075 acres
Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing: