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Rolling terrain, vibrant forests, a legendary “Glimmerglass” Lake, and an interactive nature center are all waiting to be explored at Glimmerglass State Park. Located in the Central Region of New York, the park lies just eight miles away from the exciting town of Cooperstown, under 40 minutes from the adventure-filled Oneonta, and a mere 16 miles from rural Milford.
Originally, the George Hyde Estate, Otsego Lake, and 600 acres of land became the property of New York in 1963. In 1964, the group Friends of Hyde Hall was formed to manage the house and property for the recreational and educational use of the public. Shortly after, the area became the only National Historic Landmark in Otsego County.
To this day, you can still enjoy swimming at Otsego Lake, viewing the stunning Hyde Hall Mansion, hiking around picturesque Beaver Pond, camping immersed in nature, and more! Whether you’re looking to get in some paddling with the sun shining at your back, or ice skating with snow falling down around you, Glimmerglass State Park camping provides both. Book an RV in Otsego County today to experience all Upstate New York has to offer.
There’s truly no shortage of things to do while camping with an RV at Glimmerglass State Park. Open year-round, the park provides a wide range of seasonal activities. If you’re visiting in the summer months, then bring some sunscreen and sunglasses for a day out on the lake. Described as “Glimmerglass” in James Fenimore Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales, the lake is magnificent in real life. With the mountains silhouetted in the background and dense forest on each side, swimming is a pure luxury. Or, grab your kayak and push off from the sandy shores for an afternoon of outdoor enjoyment.
For all those leaf peepers out there, New England in the fall is truly a breathtaking time of year, and Glimmerglass State Park is no exception. Whether you’re driving to and from the park in your RV rental, or hiking around Beaver Pond, prepare for picture-perfect views at every turn in the road. Sassafras, maple, and red oak trees splash red across the sky, birch, elm and hickory trees burn a bright golden yellow, mountain maple trees shine orange, and sumac trees blush a deep purple. Bring your camera for Instagram-worthy pictures of Glimmerglass State Park’s finest views.
There’s one transformation after another when the first snow of the year sprinkles a blanket of snow over the bronzed forests. Glittering snow stands out against the deep evergreen trees and showcases evidence of animal tracks hidden away in the winding paths. Enjoy a myriad of winter sports such as ice skating, cross country skiing, ice fishing, winter hiking, and tubing. Wherever your favorite time of the year falls, spend it at Glimmerglass State Park.
If you’re looking to get some motorhome camping in while at Glimmerglass State Park, you’ve come to the right place! Choose from 43 campsites in a comfortably forested area, where you'll find electric hookups and back-in sites with a maximum 50-foot length for your Cooperstown camper rental. Nearby features within walking distance include restrooms, hot showers, and fresh water spigots.
Your site also provides a wealth of comforts to create an ideal vacation destination. Pull out a deck of cards for a family game night at your site’s picnic table, or toast some marshmallows around your fire ring while Dad cooks supper on the charcoal grill. Bring your furry friends along for the vacation, as each site allows a maximum of two well-behaved and leashed pets per site.
Gain insight into what life as a wealthy aristocrat might have looked like at the Hyde Hall Historic Site inside Glimmerglass State Park. A beautiful example of a neoclassical mansion, this early 1800s mansion contains over 40 stunning rooms and an informative visitors' center for history enthusiasts to browse. Also in the park is the Nature Center, where a variety of wilderness programs are available for all ages to experience.
If you’re looking to explore nearby Cooperstown, let the adventure begin with the National Baseball Hall of Fame. A symbol of the town’s notorious love of baseball, the Hall of Fame is home to some of baseball’s most famous players. Browse thousands of photographs, three-dimensional artifacts, millions of written word documents such as magazine clips, scrapbooks, and more.
After a sensational day of Cooperstown sights and landmarks, grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants in town. Offering a variety of flavors such as American cuisine, fancy Italian, hearty diner food, and flavorful grill, customize according to your tastes and preferences. And you don’t have to travel very far to fill up on gas and groceries. Fill up right in town and then head on back to your cozy campsites for that family game night you’ve been meaning to have.