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Glimmerglass State Park

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Address
1527 County Highway 31
Cooperstown, NY 13326
Latitude 42.785576
Longitude -74.861572

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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.

Hours of Operation

  • Open year-round.
  • 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.

  • Park Office Hours:  Vary throughout season.  Call park for details.
    In season:  Late May - Labor Day.
    Friday - Saturday, 8 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
    Sunday - Thursday, 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.

    Off season: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Snowtubing:  Available on Jan. & Feb. weekends only (weather permitting).
  • Shelter/Tent Rentals:  
    Available for reservation, mid-May to Columbus Day, 9:00 a.m. to sunset.  Call park to reserve.

    West Shelter, capacity 100-200
    Lakeview Shelter, capacity 100
    Beachfront Shelter, capacity 65
    Tents (3), capacity 40 each
  • Boat Launching:
    Available a short distance from the parking area for personal non-motorized boats.

Fees & Rates

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.

  • Beach/Swimming
  • Included in day use/vehicle entry fee
  • Campsites
  • $15-$25/night

    *Additional $5/night for out-of-state patrons
  • Shelter/Tent Rentals
  • Beachfront Shelter (capacity 65):
       - Weekdays:  $50
       - Weekends/Holidays:  $100  
    Lakeview Shelter (capacity 100):
       - Weekdays:  $75
       - Weekends/Holidays:  $150
    Tents (3) (capacity 40 each):  $50 ea.
    West Shelter (capacity 100-200):
       - Weekdays:  $50 / $100
       - Weekends/Holidays:  $75 / $125

  • Snow Tubing (Winter only)
  • $5 per person
  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • Cars:  $7 (Memorial Day to Labor Day)
    Non-Commercial Bus Fee: $35
    Commercial Bus Fee: $75
    Seasonal Bus Permit: $75

Maps

Digital Maps

New! Download this park's digital map to your iOS Apple and Android device.

Firewood source maps show a 50-mile radius from which untreated firewood may be moved to this campground. For more information see firewood restrictions.

Thu 25 Aug
Senior Program: Writing about the Outdoors
Thursday, August 25, 2016 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Glimmerglass State Park
(607) 547-8662

Designed for adults 50+ to enjoy nature and recreational activities in a beautiful park setting.

Write poems, and creative stories in the outdoors.

Fee: $1 per session (Use the Mill Road entrance for free entry to the Nature Center)

Sat 27 Aug
I Love Nature Art Crafts
Saturday, August 27, 2016 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Glimmerglass State Park
(607) 547-8662

Come learn about nature through hands on activities for children 1-year and up. Learn about weather and the outdoors by creating a nature collage and designing your own rain sticks.

Fee: $1 per child/session. Use the Mill Road Entrance for free entry to the Nature Center.

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Campsites
  • Dumping Stations
  • Food
  • Nature Trails
  • Pavilions
  • Picnic Tables (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds
  • Showers
  • Swimming Beach (Accessible)
  • Tent/Trailer Sites (Accessible)
  • Activities
  • Biking
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Ice Fishing
  • Ice Skating
  • Recreation Programs (Accessible)
  • X-Country Skiing