Glimmerglass State Park is located at 1527 County Highway 31 in Cooperstown, New York. The park overlooks Otsego Lake. Otsego Lake is the "Glimmerglass'' in Leatherstocking Tales, which is a work by James Fenimore Cooper. The park features a beach, a playground, picnic tables with pavilions, trails, recreation programs, and a food concession. In addition, there is a wide variety of activities for visitors, such as boating, hiking, fishing, biking, camping, ice skating, tubing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and cross country skiing.
Glimmerglass State Park is home to a variety of wildlife. The terrain of the park is partially wooded. The woodland trails enable visitors to see an assortment of shrubs, ferns, mosses, and wildflowers. There is a covered bridge in the park, and the Hyde Hall Mansion is open to visitors as well.
The park is open year round. Regular hours of operation are Sunday through Wednesday from 9:00am to 9:00pm. Thursday through Saturday, the regular hours of operation are 9:00am to 11:00pm. The park does charge a vehicle entrance fee. The vehicle entrance fee is $7 for each car. Fees are not collected after 6:00pm. Glimmerglass State Park offers the Empire Passport. The Empire Passport provides unlimited day use entry to most of the parks in New York. The Empire Passport is a season pass, and it costs $65.
The park has several picnic shelters available for rent. The capacity of the shelters (and the rental fee) varies based on the shelter selected. The capacity ranges from 40 people to 250 people, and fees range from $50 to $150. Some of the shelters have electricity while others do not. For additional information about picnic shelters or to reserve a picnic shelter, interested parties can call 607-547-8662.
Visitors can swim in Otsego Lake or at the beach. Beach swimming is available beginning in late May. Initially, the beach is only open for swimming on weekends. During peak season, the beach is open for swimming daily. The park is also home to a first aid station, basketball courts, volleyball courts, and an information center.
The park's campsites have showers and dumping stations. Campsites have fire rings and picnic tables. Wood for campfires is for sale in the park as well. There is a limit of 6 people per campsite. There is a maximum of two cars permitted per campsite without incurring an additional fee. Each campsite is permitted to have a maximum of two tents or one tent and one RV. In order to avoid the possibility of losing their reservation, campers need to check in by 9:00pm. The campground has a designated quiet time that is strictly enforced. The quiet time is from 10:00pm to 8:00am daily.
Some pets are permitted within the park. Household pets are the only pets permitted, and they must be caged or on a leash. In addition, pets more than six feet are prohibited, and pets are not permitted in any of the bathing areas. Proof of rabies vaccination is required for all pets.
Additional information about Glimmerglass State Park and its special events can be obtained by calling 607-547-8662.