My girlfriend and I, along with our beagle Bob, spent the Labor Day Weekend in Cabin #4 at Gilbert Lake State Park in Laurens, NY (near Oneonta and not far from Cooperstown). We wanted to do something this year with the dog, as we don't like to put him in the kennel too often, and found a cabin available on the state park reservation system website. It was expensive for what you get - two nights totaled nearly $200.00. Check-in is 3:00PM, and you are allowed to check-in early if your assigned cabin has been vacated, but we arrived at noon and were told the person vacating the cabin had just departed (late) and we couldn't get in until 3:00. It was then that we noticed that we had left our most important bag at home, so we had few clothes and no basic toiletries with us. So we went to Wal Mart, about 15 miles away in Oneonta, and picked up what we needed. When we returned, we were able to get into our cabin. The cabins are spartan, with cold running water only, refrig, stove, fireplace (the only source of heat), one bedroom with twin beds, a living room with a double bed, a tiny kitchen, screened porch, and a flush toilet off the porch (covered, but still outside, so sitting on the throne can be a cold experience). But all in all, much more pleasant than camping. The weekend was downright windy and chilly, so we bought some firewood at the camp office. We needed a fire both evenings - otherwise we would have been very uncomfortable. During the day we hiked on the beautiful trails at this state park. We took the longest loop, about five miles, to Twin Fawn Pond and Ice Pond, and really enjoyed it. There are several other trails here, and all are easy to navigate. Very popular with families with young children. The double bed was a long way from our king size Tempurpedic at home, especially when the dog decided to join us. Not the most comfortable two nights, but we got through it. We brought our own gas grill, which made cooking fairly easy. I'd say we enjoyed ourselves, but probably won't do this cabin experience again. There are other, more interesting state parks available, and I think we'll do one of those next time. But if you are looking for a pretty place, and enjoy solitude, this is the place for you.
- Also Known As:
- Gilbert Lake State Park Hotel Laurens