About Otsego Outdoors
Otsego Outdoors is a collaborative effort of three leading environmental organizations in Otsego County, New York. Our goal is to provide residents and visitors with comprehensive information on Otsego County’s publicly accessible, year-round opportunities to experience the outdoors and connect with nature.
From the rolling hills, forests, and fields to the running brooks and lakes, Otsego County is an excellent setting for recreation and enjoyment. If you believe that contact with the natural world enriches your life, then you share our excitement and have found the right place to get outdoors in Otsego County.
Otsego 2000, Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA), and Otsego Land Trust have come together to make a comprehensive and searchable listing of every publicly accessible trail in Otsego County, New York.
“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.”
― John Burroughs
Our Guiding Organizations
Otsego Outdoors has come together based on the shared goals of three environmental organizations with harmonious missions.
Otsego 2000 is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1981 to ensure the Otsego Lake region remains a masterpiece of nature by protecting and supporting its environmental, scenic, cultural, historic, and agricultural resources and its economic wellbeing. The Otsego Lake region and its surrounding landscapes, valleys, villages, and farms constitute a unique confluence of historical, environmental, cultural, agricultural, rural and scenic resources. The long-term economic wellbeing of the region and the quality of life for its residents derive from our stewardship of these resources. Otsego 2000, as the first responder on environmental and sustainable development issues affecting the Otsego Lake region and beyond, seeks to protect these assets for the benefit of present and future generations. We advance our mission through informed advocacy, intelligent planning, public education, and sustainable economic alternatives.
Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA) is a countywide environmental organization addressing a broad spectrum of basic environmental concerns. OCCA plays a key role in initiating and carrying out programs designed to improve or protect Otsego County’s air, land, and water. Wide support from county residents enhances our ability to accomplish our mission. OCCA is dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through research, education, advocacy, planning and resource management and practice.
Otsego Land Trust conserves our natural heritage of woodlands, farmlands, and waters that sustain rural communities, promote public health, support wildlife diversity and inspire the human spirit. Otsego Land Trust’s core values of Integrity & Trust, Respect for People & the Land and Waters That Sustain Us, commitment to Diversity, Commitment to Community, Tangible, Lasting Results are based on our dedication to protecting healthy lands and clean waters now and for future generations. They are convictions deeply held by our board and staff and practiced in our conservation efforts.