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Glimmerglass State Park

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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, showshoeing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, winter hiking.


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.
  • 2019 Swimming Season:
    5/25/19 - 6/16/19, weekends and holidays, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    6/17/19 - 9/2/19 daily, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

  • 2019 Camping Season:  5/10/19 - 10/7/19
    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, 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
  • Campsites
  • $15-$25/night

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

    *Additional $5/night for out-of-state patrons
  • Shelter/Tent Rentals
  • Beachfront Shelter (capacity 65):
       - Weekdays:  $75
       - Weekends/Holidays:  $125  
    Lakeview Shelter (capacity 100):
       - Weekdays:  $100
       - Weekends/Holidays:  $175
    Tents (3) (capacity 40 each):  $60 ea.
    West Shelter (capacity 100-200):
       - Weekdays:  $75 / $125
       - Weekends/Holidays:  $100 / $150

  • 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


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 04 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 4, 2019 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Glimmerglass State Park
(607) 547-8662

Start time for all projects: 9am
End time for all projects: 12pm

Meeting Location for all projects: Sign in at beach. Parking Instructions: All volunteers should come to our Main Parking Lot to sign in and receive job assignments. We will then disperse to work on various projects throughout the park. All ages welcome

Volunteer Project #1: Clean up and plant flowers around our historic covered bridge. Please bring: Garden Gloves

Volunteer Project #2: Beach/East Clean up: Help pick up debris that has been left on our shores and beach after the winter. Please bring: Garden Gloves

Volunteer Project #3: Nature Center: Help clean up debris and plant flowers to prepare for the summer season at the Nature Center. Please bring: Garden Gloves

Volunteer Project #4: Bioswale clean up: Help clean out our bioswales in the main parking lot. Please bring: Work gloves are needed and if you have small clippers, they would be helpful.

We can accommodate: Large Groups, small groups, college student groups, Boy or Girl Scouts. Questions? Call: 607-547-8662 Email:

Registration: Required

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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
  • Documents