James Fenimore Cooper purchased 200 acres in 1835 there when he came back to live in Cooperstown and established a farm, primarily to supply his family and guests. The remnants of that farm are now part of Fernleigh Farm and parts are open to the public with a well-maintained hiking trail that leads to one of the farm’s original pasture areas—Star Field. Areas around the farm inspired Cooper’s “Leatherstocking Tales” featuring Natty Bumppo as the main hero.
There is room to park at the head of the trail. There are no GPS coordinates to get you there, but once you get to Cooperstown, just stop a local on the street and they’ll show you the way.
Looking for other great hikes when coming to visit Beekman 1802? Check out our hike at Vroman’s Nose. Click here