Chenango Valley State Park: A Lovely Spot All Year Long

Connie McKinneyStarred Page By Connie McKinney, 10th Oct 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/17_isrew/
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Chenango Valley State Park is a lovely place to visit no matter what season it is. Find out what makes this Upstate New York state park so beloved to hikers, campers, and swimmers.

Two Lovely Lakes


Eagles soar overhead. Turtles sun themselves on rocks in the middle of a silver lake. Birds sing as hikers peer through their binoculars at them.
These are some of the wild creatures who inhabit Chenango Valley State Park in Chenango Forks, New York - a few miles away from Binghamton. Thousands of visitors come to the park each year to enjoy the outdoors during all four seasons.
The park has two lakes: Chenango Lake and Lily Lake. Thousands of years ago, glaciers carved both lakes. Today, Chenango Lake is used for fishing and swimming during the summer season, according to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
Lily Lake is known for its trail and for the wild creatures hikers often see. Hikers often hear a splash while circling the lake. That's the sound of turtles diving into the water when they see hikers approaching. Sometimes, the turtles sun themselves on the rocks on lazy, summer days.
Beavers and otters paddle around the lake. Ducks, geese and other birds nest and swim here. Deer sip from the lake's edge.
Take a closer look at the lakes in this video:

The Chenango River Trail


Another popular trail is the Chenango River Trail. Back in the 1800s, mules plodded along this trail as they towed barges down the river. Today, the trail is filled with hikers, bird watchers, joggers and bicyclists. Leaves crunch underfoot during a crisp, fall day. Red, orange and gold leaves adorn the trees which grow along the river. Ducks dive into the water. The sun sparkles on the Chenango River.
This is where bald eagles like to swoop down for prey. Bird watchers grab their binoculars and follow the eagles' every move as they soar through the sky. Woodpeckers hammer away at nearby trees.
Be careful while hiking this trail. Part of the trail intersects with the park's golf course. Watch out for golf balls.
This trail is also popular with bicyclists and cross country skiers during the winter season. Some people hike this trail all year long despite the snow which covers the ground during the winter. They strap on snow shoes on snowy days.

Lots to Do at the Park


Chenango Valley State Park is a great place to spend a weekend or a week camping under the stars. This is also a nice place to hold a picnic or family reunion. Some people like to grab a good book and a lawn chair and spend the afternoon reading by the lakes as the bull frogs grunt and the geese honk their greetings.
Boaters paddle around Chenango Lake. Fishermen cast their lines nearby. They may catch bass, perch or trout for dinner.
During the summer, children shriek and splash while adults swim laps in the lake. The life guard chair sits empty on a crisp fall afternoon. The life guards have returned to school or campus.
Soon, the lakes will freeze up, and the trails will be covered by snow. Then, the park will be overrun by cross country skiers and sledders. After that, spring will return to the park along with the hikers and the bird watchers.

For more information, check this link
Here's one on Robert H. Treman State Park
Here's one on Buttermilk Falls State Park
Here's Watkins Glen State Park
Here's one on the benefits of hiking
Here's one on hiking for beginners

Attribution


I took the photos myself.
The video came from You Tube.
This article used some background information from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historical Preservation

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Chenango Valley State Park, Hike, Hiker, Hikers, Hiking, Hiking Camping, State Park, Upstate New York

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author avatar Becky Vasick
10th Oct 2013 (#)

I know that place! Well by name haven't visited just yet.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
11th Oct 2013 (#)

That empty lifeguard chair looks so sad... I like seasonal changes -- just wish my body adapted as quickly!

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author avatar Connie McKinney
11th Oct 2013 (#)

Phyl, I liked the symbol of the empty chair. You are right; it's fun to see the seasons change. There's something beautiful about all of them.

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
11th Oct 2013 (#)

Good Evening, Connie. Another article that makes me want to travel. Thanks for the information and the photos are getting better. (Not that they were bad in the others, oh, heck, you know what I mean.) ~Marilyn

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
11th Oct 2013 (#)

Well said, nice place to go to relax as well a walk and interesting post! Anyway no rattlers, right LOL!

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author avatar Connie McKinney
11th Oct 2013 (#)

Thank you, Marilyn. This is definitely a great park to check out if you ever travel.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
11th Oct 2013 (#)

Fern, no rattlers! It's just a nice, lovely park.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
11th Oct 2013 (#)

Connie , you have a marvelous way of describing the beautiful surroundings ...so much so , that even someone who is sight impaired could experience the beauty of the landscape if it were read to them .
Thank you for this treat dear friend .
Many blessings
Stella ><

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author avatar Delicia Powers
11th Oct 2013 (#)

"During the summer, children shriek and splash while adults swim laps "...Connie I must agree with Stella...beautiful...your writing has such great poetry...lovely read and page thank you....:0)

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author avatar Connie McKinney
11th Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks so much, Stella and Delicia. What a nice compliment coming from two very talented poets!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks Connie for bringing such lovely places to those like me far away and also taking effort to share own pictures - another feather in your cap! siva

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author avatar Connie McKinney
11th Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks, Siva. I'm glad I can share the beauty of Upstate New York with folks who are far away.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
11th Oct 2013 (#)

another lovely piece with gorgeous pics...thank you...

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author avatar Connie McKinney
12th Oct 2013 (#)

Thank you, Carolina. It is a lovely place to visit.

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