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Glimmerglass State Park
Copyright: - New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
Glimmerglass State Park
Description - This state park gained in popularity as the result of James Fenimore Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales. Otsego Lake is a featured attraction at this lovely woodland park that is home to a variety of wildlife and plant life. The Hyde Hall Mansion, Covered Bridge and Beaver Pond Nature Center draw thousands of visitors each year. A plethora of recreation sports are enjoyed year-round.

Attractions - Located along the northern banks of Otsego Lake, Glimmerglass State Park offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities and several indoor activities as well. Located approximately 8 miles above Coopertown, folks enjoy the usual park amenities along with the Classic Revival Hyde Hall and the Beaver Pond Nature Center. Coopertown is well-known for being the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in addition to the Farmer's Museum. Several golf courses are located in the surrounding area.

Recreation - Visitors to Glimmerglass State Park enjoy fishing, a boat launch, swimming beach, children's playground, nature trail, multi-use trails, picnicking, viewing wildlife, viewing plant life, showers, campground, ice fishing, snow tubing, cross-country skiing and ice skating.

Climate - The Glimmerglass State Park area experiences average January temperatures from 18 degrees to above 22 degrees Fahrenheit (-8 to above -6 degrees Celsius). It is important to note that this area receives some of the heaviest snowfalls in the nation. Summer temperatures average around 72 degrees Fahrenheit (around 22 degrees Celsius). Precipitation in the region ranges from 36 inches to more than 44 inches of rain and snowmelt. The heaviest precipitation is received in the region's northeast segment.

Location - Glimmerglass State Park rests on the shores of Otsego Lake off Route 31 south of US 20 in the East Springfield area.

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Filed By: Linda Stanton
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: My son and I arrived for a hike on June 12th. We toured the camping area, beach area, Nature pond/walk, approximately 2-3 mile hike up and down the trail (not the Nature Beaver area), and day use by the lake. This was not our first time here. The camping area was small and spots were not on the lake. Day use areas had picnic tables all along a good section of the lake. We did not check out the sand/beach area personally. There was also two pavillions for group gatherings. Bathrooms were clean. We mostly concerned ourselves with the hike which was marked well only on one end. We found it much more pleasant of a hike to start at the end of the hike and end at the "beginning". State Parks officials gave a map of the area but the hike was not on the map. Top portion of the map showed where hike went off and another went off. We did wish the park had the hike area on the give out map. The trail was well marked. When hiking the first time start where signs tell you the trail is. Trail goes uphill quite aways and flattens out at the top of the ridge and slowly goes back down ending in a steep decline. It is not an easy trail but is not difficult either. Ferns are abundant and fall time is radiant. There is not hunting in the area. We brought our own lunch. All and all, it is a wonderful place. We found that Glimmerglass on the weekends was not crowded.

Filed By: Sharon (Rotterdam, NY)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: My entire Family visits every September, on Labor Day. It is our annual Family picnic, including the annual Football Game and team picture. There are plenty of picnic tables, hibachi's, gret plyground, very clean bathrooms, showers at the lake, which is clean also. There is Beaver Pond to look for turtles with the young kids, thenature trail to walk quietlythrough and listen for deer(we have seen them) not to mention the deeer that just come walking through at dusk. We have such a wonderful day and yes, our names are in the covered bridge too. This trip report said to keep it "Brief" and this is as brief as I can...it still is not enough, see it for yourself and relax, enjoy a picnic,playground,walk,hike,swim,eat,nap,oh and watch out for the gulls, they will help themselves to a hotdog if you don't keep an eye on them. Have fun!

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Contact Information:
Glimmerglass State Park, 1527 County Highway 31 , Cooperstown, NY, 13326, Phone: 607-547-8662

Additional Information:
Central Travel Region - The rolling heartland of New York finds itself as the dwelling place for over a half-dozen State Historic Sites and over a dozen State Parks, including the popular National Baseball Hall of Fame.
New York State Parks - The New York Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation offers 152 parks, 35 historic sites and 27 golf courses for all tastes, ages and abilities.

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