Glimmerglass State Park, Cooperstown

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Glimmerglass State Park is a 593acre state park located north of Cooperstown, in Otsego County, New York, USA. Most of the park is located inside the Town of Springfield.Park descriptionGlimmerglass State Park is located at Hyde Bay on the east shore of Otsego Lake, which is the "Glimmerglass" of James Fenimore Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales. The Hyde Hall mansion overlooks the bay and most of the grounds.The park offers a beach, picnic tables with pavilions, a playground, recreation programs, a nature trail, hiking and biking, fishing and ice fishing, a campground with tent and trailer sites, ice skating, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling and a food concession. The park is open year-round.
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  • We camped here Induction Weekend for 3 nights (got the last spot) and were very glad we did. Conveniently located to town but in a scenic, rural area. We didn't swim, but saw lots that did. Also has a...  more »
  • We continue to be impressed by the excellent conditions of the NYS campgrounds. GSP is less than 10 miles from Cooperstown, NY, so book early because it fills up quickly in the Summer. Perfect for a f...  more »
  • Nice Park by the water, there are benches and a nice waterfront area and large rolling lawn down to the waters edge  more »
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  • Great day trip to enjoy water, beach, yard games and grilling. We used our new kayak on the calm lake. The life guard station had life vests to use for our little boy so he could come on the boat with us!
  • The park was amazing! They have plenty of great fishing spots, a beach area and outdoor activities for the entire family to enjoy. During our trip, the weather could of been nicer, but it has so many beautiful places to see!
  • We really enjoyed camping here. The sites are nice and level. There's so much to see in the area, and this is a great homebase during your stay.
  • Sleepy Lion trail is a great loop. Good challenging climbs with a tree canopy above. So beautiful
  • I highly suggest Sleeping Lion hiking trail. While it offers somewhat stifled views, the exercise is well worth it. The most interesting part of the trail is Hyde Hall. I look forward to visiting when it is open. I believe they have tours.

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