Gilbert Lake State Park Professional Review and Guide
"Especially popular among families for the sheer abundance and diversity of its facilities, Gilbert Lake State Park in Otsego County covers 1,660 acres of woodlands and wetlands. A museum about the Civilian Conservation Corps or CCC, a public work program established during the New Deal, is located on the north end of the lake. Campsites are divided into two groups, Hilltop and Deer Run, with a cabin colony between them; cabins 12 and 24 are handicapped accessible, as are sites 145–147. (Note: During peak season, cabins must be rented for 7- or 14-day periods.) Deer Run is the larger of the two and substantially shadier—most of the Hilltop sites are lined up back to back in a wide, grassy field. Clean bathrooms feature multiple shower stalls with space to change, soap, hand dryers, and outlets. Coin-operated laundry facilities are available; there is a fee per bundle for firewood. Almost 10 miles of trails offer a variety of hiking opportunities within the park."