Camp at Glimmerglass State Park

New York Glimmerglass State Park Entrance

Added by Rebecca Nichols

Located just a few miles outside the village of Cooperstown this beautiful park overlooks Otsego Lake.

To spend a night in Glimmerglass State Park, make your reservation here. Looking for daytime activities? The park offers 4.75 miles of trail systems.

The Sleeping Lion trail starts at the parking area near Hyde Hall and loops around on Mount Wellington before descending back toward the service road near Hyde Hall. There is a elevation change of nearly 500 feet for this moderate hike.

Beaver Pond Trail (0.5 miles) - This handicap accessible trail starts from the primitive campground at Beaver Pond and loops around the pond ending at the main park road. You can walk the park road back.

Meadow Trail (0.75 miles) - This trail starts from the Beaver Pond Campground and loops around toward the base of Mount Wellington ending at the Beaver Pond Trail just east of the campground.

Covered Bridge Trail (1.0 miles) - This loop trail starts and ends at the covered bridge. It is a pleasant walk in the woods. There are branch trails off the main trail, so hikers can create there own length of exploration. This trail is unmarked but easy to follow.

Blue Bird Trail (0.75 miles) - The Blue Bird Trail are all the mowed paths in the meadow near the covered bridge. The wildflowers are amazing when in bloom.

When completed head back to camp or enjoy a picnic and a swim at the beautiful beach.

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Pack List

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag and pad
  • Camp Stove
  • Food
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Sturdy Shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Bathing Suit
  • Camera
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Spring, Summer, Winter



Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area

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4 months ago

Great Place!

I've been going here as long as I can remember! Cooperstown is fun, nice lake and the park is a great place for families!

4 months ago

Added by Rebecca Nichols

I hike to push my limits both mentally and physically, take in the beauty of the great outdoors, and just to get away from it all. Every chance I get you will find me in the mountains, on a kayak or ending my day by the campfire!

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