Travel Directions & Area Attractions
Please use the interactive map to find your directions to Cooperstown Shadow Brook Campground.
* Please Note: GPSs vary, so if you are unable to locate Co Rd 31, try to enter the following alternative locations:
From the West: (Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse)
Smaller RV’s & automobiles: Take 90 East (NY Thruway) to Exit 30 (Herkimer). Follow Route 28 South (approx. 11 miles) to the red light at Route 28 and US Highway 20 (McDonalds/Ford). Turn left at this light onto US Hwy 20 East. You will be following US Hwy 20 East for approx. 9 miles. You will be going through the town of Richfield Springs. You will be going through two (2) red lights. Continue on US Hwy 20 East through the second light (Hwy 80/Citgo Gas station) for four (4) more miles to East Springfield. As you enter East Springfield, you will make the first right onto County Highway 31.
Look for our signs along the way. Campground entrance will be one mile on your right.
From the South: (Binghamton/Pennsylvania)
Smaller RV’s & Automobiles: Take Interstate 88 East to Exit 17 (28/Cooperstown). Follow Route 28 North to Cooperstown. As you enter Cooperstown, you will cross Railroad Tracks. Continue straight (turns into 80E/Chestnut St.) to Light at Main Street. You will turn Right onto Main Street. You will pass the Flagpole and the Hall of Fame will be on your Right side. As you continue up Main Street, you will be heading out of the Village. You will cross a small river bridge and start up a small hill. It will take a sharp left (it becomes County Highway 31). Continue to follow County Highway 31 North for 9.5 Miles. Campground entrance will be on your left. (3 miles past
Glimmerglass State Park).
From the East: (Albany, Lake George, New York City)
All Vehicles: From Albany you will follow 90 West (NY Thruway) to Exit 25A (Interstate 88/Binghamton). Follow Interstate 88 and take Exit 24 (Duanesburg). As you get to top of Exit 24 Ramp, you will turn left across the bridge. At the T/stop sign, you will turn Right onto US Hwy 20 West. Follow US 20 West to East Springfield (Approx. 40-45 minutes). As you travel on US Hwy 20 West, you will go through the towns of Esperance, Carlisle, Sharon, Sharon Springs and you will pass the Cherry Valley Exit. You will then enter the small town of East Springfield. As you enter East Springfield, you will take the first left onto County Highway 31 at the bottom of the hill. Campground entrance will be one mile on your right.
Getting Around Town
Cooperstown Shadow Brook Campground is located just over 9 miles from the historic Village of Cooperstown. This is a small village located in a rural setting. We hope you enjoy the beauty of Cooperstown as much as we do. The easiest and most convenient way to get around and see the sites is by your own automobile, however, if you do not have a tow vehicle or can’t disconnect from your RV, we have some suggestions. Here are a few helpful phone numbers and websites.
Car Rental: Hertz Car Rental 607-433-8755.
Village Trolley Service (Seasonal - Memorial Day thru Labor Day): Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce - (607) 547-9983 - This service is provided by the Chamber of Commerce it is very helpful in maneuvering the summer traffic in the village and a convenient place to park. Note: this is not a trolley service from the campground, it is from parking lots located on the outskirts of Cooperstown. There are 3 trolley lots serving the Village of Cooperstown.
Taxi & Limousine Service: There is no continuous taxi service running in Cooperstown, so call ahead to arrange service. Call us for taxi cab companies that will come to the campground.
Kennel Services: Mossy Creek Kennel - (607) 264-3933 - Directions: Heading out of our campground make a left, go about 1 mile and make a right on US Hwy 20 East. Take the Cherry Valley (Route 166) exit. Make a left and go 2 miles to a dirt road, Barringer Road and make a right. Follow Barringer Road for a 1 and a half, look for a large grey house (469 Barringer Road, Cherry Valley), the kennels are in the back. Hours: 9am-noon & 4pm-6pm
National Baseball Hall of Fame: Cooperstown is the birthplace of baseball and home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is an independent, non-profit, educational institution dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the historical development of baseball and its impact on our culture by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting its collections for a global audience as well as honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to our national pastime. A quick 9 miles from the campground, our road turns into Main St. and the Hall of Fame comes up quickly on your left.
Brewery Ommegang: In October of 1997, not far from the birthplace of baseball, ground was broken for what was to become America’s most unique microbrewery. Based on traditional Belgian farmhouse architecture and set on a former hop farm in Upstate New York, Brewery Ommegang was born with the philosophy that truly unique ales must be built from the ground up. Now brewing several award-winning Belgian-style ales and offering daily tours and tastings, plus a full calendar of special events, Brewery Ommegang is part of the Cooperstown Beverage Trail, the place where brewing is an art, and partaking is a passion. Located 25 minutes from the campground.
Cooperstown Brewing: The Cooperstown Brewing Company is a microbrewery which brews premium ales, porters and stouts in small batches, plus root beer, grape and orange soda for the kids. Guided tours are given daily by the Brewery staff. After each tour, their guests are invited to join them for an informal tasting session. The Brewery is located 10 miles south of Cooperstown on River Street, Milford, NY 13807. Located 20 minutes from the campground.
Glimmerglass Festival and Opera House: The Glimmerglass Festival’s Alice Busch Opera Theater opened in 1987 and is located on the shore of Otsego Lake, the “Glimmerglass” of James Fenimore Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales. The theater is on farmland donated by the late Glimmerglass Board Chairman Emeritus Tom Goodyear and his mother, Jeanette Bissell Goodyear, and offers award winning operas and musicals during the months of July & August. Located 15 minutes from the campground.
Fenimore Art Museum: The Fenimore Art Museum is the showcase of the New York State Historical Association, which is the not-for-profit corporate entity governing the operations of the museum. The New York State Historical Association was founded in 1899 by New Yorkers who were interested in promoting greater knowledge of the early history of the state. They hoped to encourage original research, to educate general audiences by means of lectures and publications, to mark places of historic interest with tablets or signs, and to start a library and museum to hold manuscripts, paintings, and objects associated with the history of the state. Located 20 minutes from the campground.
The Farmers’ Museum: As one of the oldest rural life museums in the country, The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, New York, provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience 19th-century rural and village life firsthand through demonstrations and interpretive exhibits. The museum, founded in 1943, comprises a working farmstead, a recreated historic village, a Country Fair featuring The Empire State Carousel, and a Colonial Revival stone barn listed on the National Register for Historic Places. The museum preserves important examples of Upstate New York architecture, early agricultural tools and equipment, and heritage livestock. Check their website and calendar for special events. Located 20 minutes from the campground.
Hyde Hall is a neoclassical country mansion designed by architect Philip Hooker for George Clarke (1768–1835), a wealthy landowner. The house was constructed between 1817 and 1834, and designed with English and American architectural features. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986 for its architecture, and the completeness of its architectural documentary record. It is one of the few surviving works of Philip Hooker, a leading 19th-century American architect. A quick 4 mile drive (or bike ride) from the campground.
Cooperstown Dreams Park: The home of the American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame, promoting a high caliber of play, where players twelve years and under, experience the purity of baseball as it was meant to be played. The Village of Cooperstown adds even more magic to the experience of our tournaments. Participants will have the opportunity to visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame and attend baseball games at Doubleday Field, the legendary home of baseball, where the game began one afternoon in 1839. Located 20 minutes from the campground.
Northeast Classic Car Museum: The Northeast Classic Car Museum is an educational facility that collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits vehicles related to the evolution of transportation, with particular emphasis on the role of the automobile and its impact on American culture. Currently, over 160 vehicles are on display in 5 connected buildings. Informative videos, period fashions, and more enhance the Museum experience. Located a little more than an hour from the campground.
Howe Caverns: Imagine... stepping into an elevator that takes you 156 feet below the Earth’s surface. When the elevator stops, the doors open into a prehistoric underground cavern six million years in the making. As you exit into the vestibule, your imagination takes hold. You don’t have to be a serious caver or spelunker to appreciate the geology of Howe Caverns. Your specially trained tour guide will help you negotiate the cave and learn about the magnificent limestone formations, the stalactites, stalagmites and flowstone, and the tremendous conservation effort underway to protect and preserve Howe Caverns for future generations. Located 45 minutes from the campground.
The Clark Sports Center: Located on lower Susquehanna Avenue, one mile from the center of the Village of Cooperstown, The Clark Sports Center represents a unique approach to health, fitness, and wellness. Since opening to the public in October of 1986, bringing together so broad a range of quality equipment, experienced staff, and professional programming. Everyone, from family groups to the most serious athletes, will find The Clark Sports Center an affordable pleasure. Located 23 miles from the campground.
Cooperstown Fun Park: Does your family like Lazer Tag, Go-Karts, Bumper Boats, Batting Cages, Miniature Golf and a full arcade with a variety of games? If so, then Cooperstown Fun Park is for you. They have a kitchen with an array of tasty foods and an assortment of “movie theatre” sweets and treats. The mini-golf is an 18-hole scenic course located right next to the Fun Park. Lazer Runner is a lazer tag arena with over 90 miles of classic games of hide & seek with a high tech twist. Enjoy the 1/4 mile, twisting Go-Kart track with 17 go-karts, including a “2-seater” for your little ones. Bumper boats offer an enjoyable, splashable good time with seating for up to 3 people for a truly awesome family experience. Located 28 minutes from the campground.
Erie Canal Cruises: Kim and Jerry Gertz have served the cruising needs of both sightseers and private charterers since 1977. After retiring in 1999, they moved on board their personal vessel, a 51 foot trawler, to begin a life of pleasure cruising the eastern half of the United States and the Bahamas. In the summer of 2002, they cruised New York State and upon seeing the stunning beauty and learning the historical significance of the Mohawk Valley, they decided to come out of retirement and launch Erie Canal Cruises. They believe that others should also have the opportunity to appreciate the marvelous Mohawk Valley, so rich in heritage, history and beauty. Spend some time with them on board Lil’ Diamond II. Relax and enjoy. You’ll be glad you did. Located a little over an hour from the campground.
Rail Explorers: Take a tour with Rail Explorers and experience the magic of the railroad like never before! Ride the rails on our pedal-powered 'Rail Explorers' - a unique activity suitable for everyone. In addition to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown is also home to the Cooperstown and Charlotte Valley Railroad. Ride “The Milford Track”, a 12 mile round trip through farm lands and forests alongside the Susquehanna River. Or choose the shorter 'Charlotte Valley Express', an 8-mile round trip to the Riverside Turnaround. Located 25 minutes from the campground.
Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad: Ride into history... and beautiful scenery... Built in 1869, the Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad gives you a chance to experience what was once the primary form of transportation throughout the country... riding the rails. In an area rich with railroad history the Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad takes our visitors back in time with vintage rail cars and locomotives through the scenic wilderness of the Upper Susquehanna River Valley. The Railroad crosses the river twice over two steel-truss bridges, and travels through a variety of landscapes, including forests, wetlands and rolling farms. In the beautifully restored Milford Depot in Milford, NY, also built in 1869, visitors can view a variety of exhibits and displays.
Delaware & Ulster Railroad: Delaware & Ulster Railroad, located on Route 28 in Arkville, New York in the heart of beautiful Delaware County. The Delaware and Ulster is an excursion train that combines railroad nostalgia with scenic rides through New York’s legendary Catskill Mountains. Step back in time as you board the historic D&U. Your journey will include an ever-changing landscape of quaint villages, rolling fields, majestic mountains and pastoral farms while you enjoy a leisurely ride along the pristine waters of the East Branch of the Delaware River. The Arkville depot offers a terrific exhibit chronicling the important role the railroad played in the development of the region. There’s a gift shop that offers a unique shopping experience that will help commemorate your trip or delight someone special who is waiting for your return.
Utica Zoo: The Utica Zoo has served the region for over 88 years. Located in Roscoe-Conkling Park, the zoo is part of a recreational complex made possible by the donation of land from Thomas R. Proctor in 1909. The zoo has grown from its small beginnings with three fallow deer to its present collection of over 200 animals. Of the 80 acres of land set aside for the zoo’s use, 35 are presently developed. Located 45 minutes from the campground.
Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce: It does not matter what first brought you to Cooperstown, be it our beautiful campground, the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum, Glimmerglass Festival or a relaxing retreat on beautiful Otsego Lake. Once you are here, you will not want to miss all the other attractions and recreational opportunities that make this region so special. Located 15 minutes from the campground.
Doubleday Batting Range: Since 1972, thousands of visitors to Cooperstown have enjoyed themselves at the Doubleday Batting Range. Located in the Heart of Cooperstown, next to the historic Doubleday Field, Doubleday Batting Range is the first batting range equipped with TRU-PITCH batting machines, used by many Major League Teams. Here you can fantasize batting like Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle or Ted Williams. Doubleday also is the first batting range to offer a radar pitching speed recorder with digital readout. Why not come in and test how fast you can throw while fantasizing pitching like Cy Young, Bob Gibson, Nolan Ryan or Tom Seaver? Located 15 minutes from the campground.
Otsego Golf Club: The Otsego Golf Club, established on the shores of Otsego Lake in 1894, is one of America’s oldest courses. Located near Cooperstown, New York (home of the Baseball Hall of Fame) the course features nine picturesque, challenging holes. The par 35 layout plays over 3000 yards from the back tees and has a USGA rating of 67.8. Elevation changes, tree-lined fairways, breezes coming off the lake and creeks meandering through the fairways make the course as interesting as it is beautiful. After your round enjoy lunch on the porch overlooking the lake. Located 10 minutes from the campground.
The Otesaga’s Leatherstocking Golf Course: The Otesaga is a 72 par Leatherstocking Golf Course, with a course rating of 70.8. Designed in 1909 by Devereux Emmet, it is considered by many to be one of the East’s most scenic and challenging resort golf courses. The natural contour of the course sweeps along the western shore of Lake Otsego. The mid holes climb to elevated fairways and tees that provide unforgettable views of the lake and the adjoining grounds of Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum. The 18th hole may be the most exciting on the course - a 505-yard, par 5 with an island tee box on Lake Otsego. The hole “dog legs” to the left around the lake, and the green is located in front of The Otesaga’s veranda. Located 15 minutes from the campground.
Turning Stone Casino: The award-winning Turning Stone Resort Casino is nestled in the heart of Central New Yorks scenic Mohawk Valley. Have the time of your life with table games, slots, poker & more. Get back into the game at New Yorks top casino with blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat, Pai Gow poker, let it ride poker, Spanish 21, Texas Hold 'Em, Sic Bo and more. Located 1 hour from the campground.
Hanford Mills Museum: Operation of the Mill site is a powerful experience that can be balanced with careful preservation. There are valuable lessons to be learned from those who live in agrarian communities. The complex historic layers of Hanford Mills present many different stories, perspectives and experiences. By bringing to life historic choices and processes, Hanford Mills can offer insights about the past and inspire thoughtful and creative decision making. Hanford Mills generates powerful messages about the effect of technological changes on community life, especially the impact of energy and technology on agrarian communities. The Museum presents unique explorations of technological innovation, for example, how processes change even as products and services remain the same. Located approximately 1.5 hours from the campground.