Glimmerglass State Park, located eight miles outside the village of Cooperstown, overlooks Otsego Lake, the "Glimmerglass" of James Fenimore Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales. The rolling, partially-wooded terrain is host to a wide variety of wildlife. An uphill trail through the forest affords a spectacular view of Otsego Lake; the Beaver Pond and Woodland trails are picturesque and of interest for the variety of wildflowers, shrubs, ferns and mosses.
The Hyde Hall Mansion, Covered Bridge, and a self-guided Beaver Pond Nature Trail are within park boundaries and open to visitors. Winter visitors can go tubing, cross-country skiing, ice skating, showshoeing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, winter hiking.
Current Water Quality - Beach Results.
Household pets only; caged or on a leash not more than 6 feet. Not allowed in the bathing areas.
2016 Swimming Season:
5/28/16 - 6/18/16, weekends and holidays, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
6/19/16 - 9/5/16, daily, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
2016 Camping Season: 5/13/16 - 10/9/16
50 campsites, 6 people max, minimum 2 night stay.
Primitive Camping: Beaver Pond Loops #38-#56; all are walk-in only sites except #44-#49 which can be reserved through Reserve America; available year-round.
Available a short distance from the parking area for personal non-motorized boats.
Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.
Your key to all season enjoyment of state parks is our season's pass. For $65, the Empire Passport provides you unlimited day use vehicle entry into most of our parks. Apply on-line or call your favorite park for more information.
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Firewood source maps show a 50-mile radius from which untreated firewood may be moved to this campground. For more information see firewood restrictions.
Come join us at Glimmerglass State Park in celebrating the fifth annual I Love My Park Day! I Love My Park Day is an exciting statewide event to improve and enhance New York's parksand historic sites and bring visibility to the entire park system and its needs. Various volunteer projects will be available to choose from.
Project 1: Guided bird hike. Begins at 8:00am, please meet at the Nature Center.
Project 2: Build a Butterfly Habitat area near the Nature Center. Begins at 10am, please meet at the Nature Center.
Project 3: Wildflower planting and clean-up at the historic Covered Bridge. Begins at 9am, please meet at the Nature Center.
Contact event coordinator Karen Sheckells for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org