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Glimmerglass State Park

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ALERT:  Park is open, Social Distancing requirements are in place.  Camping returns June 1.   Contact Park Office for Operation Plan.  Contact Reserve America for reservation information.   Limitations in effect.

  • Central Region of NYS Parks has opened for the season, albeit with a slightly different operation plan, due to Covid19.

  • The park will be limited to 50 percent capacity daily throughout the weekend.  Once capacity has been reached, vehicles will be stopped from entering and only be allowed to enter when another vehicle departs.

  • Visitors should come prepared for a brief stay (1 hour or less) as well as have a backup plan to recreate in the event they are turned away if the park has reached the 50 percent threshold.

  • The beach will be open, with swimming limited to shallow water only at Glimmerglass. Picnic areas around the beach area will not be available.

  • Groups will not be allowed to congregate on the beach and face coverings will be required around public buildings, including restrooms.

  • No concessions, fountains or amenities (ball fields, playgrounds, boat rentals) will be available.

  • NYS Parks welcomes back our patrons, but strongly urges them to follow the above plan so that everyone in Central New York has an equal opportunity to enjoy our beautiful park system.


 


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

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, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, winter hiking.

Pavilion Information
Glimmerglass has three pavilions. Prices range from $75 to $200 and can accommodate 65 to 200 people. Check availability at ReserveAmerica.com

Current Water Quality - Beach Results.

Pet Policy: A maximum of two pets are allowed in campsites and day use areas unless prohibited by sign or directive. Pets are to be supervised at all times and either be crated or on a leash not more than 6-feet in length. Proof of rabies inoculation shall be produced if requested by staff. Pets are not permitted in playgrounds, buildings, golf courses, boardwalks, pools and spray-grounds or guarded beaches (this does not apply to service animals).

Hours of Operation

  • Open year-round.
  • 2020 Swimming Season: 

    5/23 - 6/7, weekends (Sat-Sun) 11am to 7pm

    6/13 - 9/7 daily 11am to 7pm

  • 2020 Camping Season:  An operation plan for the 2020 camping season has been finalized.   Contact Park Office for Details.    Contact Reserve America for reservation information.   Limitations in place.


    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:  
    In season:  Late May - Labor Day.
    8:00 am to 8:30 pm daily


    Off season: Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 3:30 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.

The easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

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

    Primitive Camping:
    Sun - Thurs. $12
    Fri, Sat and Holidays. $16

    *Additional $5/night for out-of-state patrons
  • 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.

Sat 06 Jun
Race the Lake Marathon (Postponed until September 19)
Saturday, June 6, 2020 08:00 AM - 08:00 PM
Glimmerglass State Park
(607) 547-8662

Beach Area

REGISTRATION required Clarks Sports Center 607-547-2800

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Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Biking
  • Campsites, Cabins & Lodging
  • Fishing
  • Food
  • Hiking
  • Ice Fishing
  • Ice Skating
  • Pavilions and Shelter Rentals (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds
  • Showers
  • Snowshoeing/X-Country Skiing
  • Swimming Beach (Accessible)