Explore Chenango Outdoor Challenge Highlights County’s Best Hiking Trails
Published: July 9th, 2024
By: Shawn Magrath

Explore Chenango Outdoor Challenge highlights county’s best hiking trails Bowman Lake State Park is among the 14 hiking trails featured in the Explore Chenango Outdoor Challenge. (Photo shared by the Chenango County Planning Department)

NORWICH – The Chenango County Planning Department has reached the half-way mark of a months-long campaign to promote the area’s best hiking trails.

With the aim of encouraging locals to see what Chenango has to offer, the planning department, together with the Chenango Health Department, launched the Explore Chenango Outdoor Challenge in April. The invite features 14 hiking locations across the county and a fun way to explore different areas, increase physical activity, and improve mental health by moving more and seeing nature.

“The goal is to get people out there in parts of the county where they have never been,” said Chenango County Planner Matt Gladstone. “We have a lot of trails in the area. Every hiker has their go-to, but there’s a lot more in Chenango than people think. Someone who lives in Afton or Bainbridge, for example, they might not know that there’s a state forest in South Otselic that has hiking trails.”


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