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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 recreation programs.

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 
Closest Town: 

RestroomsParkingTent CampingFishingCross Country SkiingHikingLarge BoatsSmall BoatsDrinking WaterSwimmingBicycling

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Gray Squirrel - Photo by Wayne Jones
Please see map link below

Driving Directions:
Take I-81 to I-88 E toward Albany. Take exit 3 for NY 369 toward Port Crane. Turn left onto NY 369 N. Turn left onto Cove State Park Rd. The park is on the right.

Map Link

Chenango Valley State Park : Wildlife Viewing Area