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.
2017 Swimming Season:
5/27/17 - 6/18/17, weekends and holidays, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
6/19/17 - 9/4/17, daily, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
2017 Camping Season: 5/12/17 - 10/8/17
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.
The Empire Pass -- whether a card for $80 or a vehicle-affixed decal for $65 -- is 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. Apply online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.
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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.
Project/Event Description: Sensory Trail clean up and flower planting
Meeting Location: Beaver Pond Parking Lot
Project/Event Description:Covered Bridge cleanup and landscaping
Meeting Location: Covered Bridge