Otsego Outdoors has announced their first-ever Spring Octet Challenge, a collaborative effort of Otsego 2000, the Otsego Land Trust, and the Otsego County Conservation Association, Otsego Outdoors, that connects residents and visitors with year-round opportunities to enjoy the outdoors throughout Otsego County.
For the Spring Octet, participants can choose from trails at State Parks (Glimmerglass, Gilbert Lake), State Forests (Texas Schoolhouse, Basswood Pond), Otsego Land Trust properties (Lordsland Preserve and Fetterley Forest), an Oneonta Park (Wilber Park), County Forests (Forest of a Dozen Dads and Van Cleft Trail) and private property open to the public (Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society Sanctuary, College Camp, Clark Tower Trails). There are also paddling options and a bike route from Oneonta to Otego and back.
By completing eight activities between March 20th and June 20th, people can earn a free embroidered Spring Octet patch and be listed on the online Otsego Outdoors Challenge Roster. At Lordsland, which is located in Roseboom, new trail kiosks were installed and the Blue (East) Trail was blazed using funds raised by teenager Henry Horvath for Otsego Outdoors. A ceremony to open the new trail is scheduled for April 24th.
Destinations new to the Octet Challenge are the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society Sanctuary overlooking Oneonta, and SUNY Oneonta’s College Camp. Otsego Outdoors also is promoting volunteer opportunities and events by the Otsego County Conservation Association and the Otsego Land Trust as well as I Love My Park Day on May 7th, the Rotary District 7170 Susquehanna River Paddle in May, and the Butternut Valley Alliance’s On the Trail of Art in Basswood Pond State Forest June 11th and 12th. People have the option of attending an outdoor event or a trail work day as one of their Octet activities.
The Spring Challenge is the fifth Otsego Outdoors has offered. Since the Challenges started in February 2021, people and more than a few dogs have logged more than 3,500 hikes, walks, snowshoe treks, paddles, trail runs, and bike routes throughout Otsego County. People have completed the Octet Challenges solo, with a friend, and with children and grandchildren.
To participate in the Otsego Outdoors Spring Octet, visit the Otsego Outdoors website for information on the featured trails and an activity log form. The website also lists upcoming trail work days and outdoors events. For more information call (607) 547-8881 or email email@example.com.