Other Recreational Opportunities

Trails system

In recent years, a system of trails used for hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and snow shoeing has been developed within the City of Oneonta by the Oneonta State Mountain Biking Club which consists of college faculty and students. Information is provided below for all five area trails regardless of whether they are located within a city park.

Trail locator map - Travel directions to trails

College Camp Trails:

Map - Trailhead sign

Catella Park/New Island Greenway:

Map - Trailhead sign

Homer Folks State Forest Trails:

Map - Trailhead sign

Oneonta Susquehanna Greenway at Silas Lane:

Map - Trailhead sign

Wilber Park/Glenwood Creek Trails:

Map - Trailhead sign

YouTube video highlighting Oneonta's trails:

Community Gardens

With 24 plots located at Swart-Wilcox Historic Park, the Community Gardens program offers residents a chance to grow their own vegetables, herbs or flowers. Community Gardens applications are accepted from city residents beginning the first Friday of April and three weeks later from non-city residents (pending availability).

Winter Ice Skating

Neahwa Ice Skating Rink is a long-standing tradition in Oneonta, with an official program dating back to 1955. Although mild winters have hampered efforts in recent years, the City of Oneonta remains committed to offering year-round recreation opportunities for its residents. During the winter months ice conditions can be checked by calling 432-7997. See more information here!

63rd Annual Fishing Derby - August 21, 2021

The 63rd Annual Fishing Derby on Saturday, August 21, 2021, will be presented by the Oneonta Lion’s Club and the Susquehanna Bass Association. The Derby will be held at Hodges Pond in Neahwa Park.

The Fishing Derby is a free “catch and release” competition for children. All participants must have adult supervision, their own fishing pole, bait/lures, and a clean bucket.

The Oneonta Lion’s Club will provide refreshments to participants and their families, and present awards by age group for the most fish caught. The Susquehanna Bass Association will conduct a raffle and present awards for the biggest bass caught.

Parents/Guardians must complete a registration/release form in order for their child/children to participate.

Completed registration forms can be mailed to the: Oneonta Lion’s Club, PO Box 575, Oneonta, NY 13820.

All participants must be at least 3-years of age and no older than 15-years of age to participate.  Registration forms will be available at the City Clerk’s Office, the Recreation Department, Mac’s Barber Shop, and the day of the Derby.

Fishing Derby Event Schedule: 3-3:45 pm Registration, 4-5:00 pm Fishing, 5:15-6:00 pm Judging and Awards ceremony.