There are numerous locations in the county you can explore by hiking, snowshoeing or cross country skiing.
There are over 100 miles of trails that consist of mainly low effort, family oriented trails. There are some mud bog areas, woods, fields, railroad beds, bridges and small hills to climb. There are picnic spots with tables and shelter. All of the trails are environmentally friendly and we take great measures to ensure they stay that way.
Oswego County Trail; Great Bear Recreation Area; Amboy 4H Environmental Education Center;
Rice Creek; Hastings Town Park; Independence Park Trail;
Oswego County Nature Park; Sandy Creek Community Park; Sunset Bay Park
Vanderkamp Center; Mexico - Richland Rail Trail; Camp Zerbe;
Mexico Point State Park; Selkirk Shores State Park; Sandy Island Beach State Park;
Winona State Forest; Three Mile Bay WMA; Happy Valley WMA;
Chateaugay State Forest; Hall Island State Forest;
Klondike State Forest;
Salmon River State Forest; Salmon River Falls Unique Area; City of Fulton Lake Trail;
City of Oswego Walkways; Pathfinder Trail Curtiss Gale WMA;
Deer Creek Marsh WMA West Oscela State Forest; Altmar State Forest;
Battle Hill State Forest; Kasoag State Forest; O'Hara State Forest;
Orton Hollow State Forest; Stone Hill State Forest; Trout Brook State Forest
Many of the recreation areas listed above are for Hiking Trails and Cross-Country Skiing are suitable for snowshoeing. Due to grooming considerations, please avoid groomed cross-country ski and snowmobile trails
The Tug Hill area boasts the most snow East of the Rockies and draws mushers to the forest from the Northeast and Canada, and as far as Virginia and the Mid-west.
Winona Forest is a popular training and racing ground for sled dogs. Annual sled-dog races such as the Tug Hill Challenge are held December through February at the CCC Camp in Winona Forest. On any given day in the forest, whether you are skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing or camping (yes, camping...in igloos) , you may meet with teams of sled-dogs training for these events or just out enjoying their sport. It is an awesome sight that will stop you in your tracks!