Leisure time in Schoharie can bring out the inner sportsman (or sportswoman) in any adventurer. Between our rolling mountains, cascading valleys, and pristine waterways offer year round outdoor fun such as hiking, hunting, fishing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, and kayaking.
The Schoharie region boasts dozens of beautiful hiking trails that crisscross our forests and fields ranging in difficulty easy day hikes to seasoned adventurers only. Some of the most impressive and popular are below:
Vroman’s Nose a short and easy hike with a big reward – the best view in Schoharie County. The just less than 2 mile trek will take you up the mountain through a dense forest. At the summit of the mountain hikers will be awestruck at the impressive views of the Schoharie Valley. Vroman’s nose is also known for its unique geological formations, namely, the dance floor; a large flat stone outcropping with carvings dating back to the 19th century.
The Long Path
The Long Path is an advanced hiking trail that extends from the 175th Street subway station in New York City all the way into the John Boyd Thatcher State Park just north of Albany, NY. The 358 mile trek provides stellar views of New York City, the Hudson River Valley, the Catskill Mountains, and of course the Schoharie Valley region. The Long Path is a trail for those who want to experience a little bit of everything that New York has to offer. More information can be found here https://www.nynjtc.org/region/long-path or https://www.facebook.com/groups/788457865669504/user/100068341281645
Minekill State Park is a short drive from the Village of Schoharie. It hosts a free Olympic swimming pool and diving pool as well as 8 miles of hiking and biking trails culminating in spectacular views of Minekill falls. Minekill is also home to the Schoharie area’s favorite disc golf course. Other activities include kayaking/canoeing, camping, fishing, hunting ice skating, sledding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing trails, and cross country skiing.
Max V. Shaul State Park is a small and quiet camping area with 30 wooded tent and trailer sites. While staying at Max V. Shaul campers can enjoy hiking, fishing, and cross country skiing. Max V Shaul is only 9 miles north of Minekill State park, as such campers are invited to enjoy Minekill’s pool, disc golf, and other activities.
Lasalle Park is a small picnic area overlooking the village of Schoharie. Lasalle is a favorite locale for families looking to get some fresh air or those looking for a romantic sunset picnic. https://parks.ny.gov/parks/94/
The rural nature of Schoharie provides hundreds of thousands of acres of hunting grounds. In order to hunt on private property a hunter must first acquire permission from the land owner. Many farmers are more than happy to allow visitors to hunt on their property outside of agricultural seasons. A hunting permission form can be found here https://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/wildlife_pdf/ask.pdf
The Schoharie area is also home to over 15 state forests, all of which are available for hunters who obtain the appropriate permissions.
The Schoharie area’s waterways are perfect for summer time fun. The principle feature of Schoharie water sports is the Schoharie Creek. The Schoharie Creek extends 93 miles from its source in the Catskill Mountains to its terminus in the Mohawk River. The Schoharie Creek has several access points, making any kayak, canoe, tubing, or fishing trip a breeze!
If you are in need of a kayak, Schoharie boasts one very friendly kayak rental company, Schoharie Valley Kayak Rental https://www.facebook.com/SchoharieValleyKayakRentals
The Schoharie area is home to several devoted snowmobile clubs who maintain an intricate network of trails that crisscross our forests, fields, and mountains. Please contact individual clubs for information on trails and permissions. https://membership.nysnowmobiler.com/regions/39
Schoharie’s unique karst geology has resulted in a collection of caverns open to be explored by novice and expert spelunkers alike. Many caves are free to visit, but visitors must bring their own supplies. Please visit the Northeast Cave Conservancy’s http://www.necaveconservancy.org website to learn more about the specific caves that can be visited and safety regulations that you should follow. Don’t forget to wear a helmet!
Spelunkers looking for a guided or safer cave experience should visit the Schoharie area’s shining gems of caving fun, Howe Caverns https://howecaverns.com and Secret Caverns https://www.secretcaverns.com
The Schoharie Village Trail is Becoming a Reality
The Village of Schoharie has been awarded grant money to construct a multi-use trail along the Schoharie Creek for walking, biking, and access to the Creek and its stunning views. This has been a long-sought after amenity in the Village and it is finally going to be a reality. The trail, which will be located wholly within the Village, will consist of a gravel pathway, two trailheads with gravel parking lots, a canoe/kayak boat launch, and signage and amenities such as picnic tables, benches, and natural history interpretation. It will offer spectacular lookouts of the mountains surrounding the valley and allow visitors to experience the peaceful and pristine nature of the Schoharie Creek. The boat launch will allow for enhanced recreational use of the Creek and create a beautiful 2-mile ‘blueway’ trail from the Village north to the existing NYS DEC boat launch in Central Bridge and beyond. Best yet, the trail will link the most beautiful part of our village to our main street and to our parks and museums. It will embrace the best of the Village by providing walking and biking opportunities which in turn will enhance health, community and the economy.
The Village’s funding for this effort includes a grant from NY’s Department of State. The grant requires the Village to provide a match through cash or in-kind services in the amount of $168,800. We are off to a very good start raising cash and have also secured commitments from the County and Village for in-kind services for administration of the project and construction of the trail. More work needs to be done however, and the Village Board along with the appointed local Trail Advisory Committee are currently working to raise additional funds to meet grant match requirements. This is where we ask for your help because this is a community project that will benefit all.
There are many ways to donate to this effort. You can donate funding by sending a check to the Village of Schoharie Trail Project, PO Box 295, Schoharie, NY 12157.
You can also contribute by providing in-kind volunteer services or donate materials or equipment. If you would like to volunteer or donate, please call the Schoharie Village office at 518-295-8500 and you will be placed on a list to be contacted.
THANK YOU! You are helping to make the trail a reality.