Found just a few short miles outside of the world-famous Cooperstown, New York, Glimmerglass State Park is a 300-acre landscape with a little bit of everything. For beachcombers, Glimmerglass State Park offers the gorgeous Ostego Lake. Lifeguard staff is posted to cordoned off areas throughout the summertime, which makes this a favorite spot for families to come and splash around.
Summer swim classes are offered through the park, in conjunction with the local BSOE. For more information on signup, you can either visit the New York Park's website or the BSOE Cooperstown offices. Canines are welcome on these beaches provided they are restrained throughout their stay but are prohibited from any of the public swimming areas. Hiking is done here on one of three trails totaling 2.6 miles.
A lot of the terrain in Glimmerglass State Park tends to be rolling, partially wooded plains which makes this a relaxing journey for folks of all ages. There is a wide variety of wildlife here, so make sure to stop periodically to see what might be scurrying around. The Woodland and Beaver Pond trail tend to be the favorite of locals, and these host wildflowers, ferns, as well as a variety of shrubs and mosses depending on the season.
Visitors are welcome to bring dogs on these trails provided they keep them on a leash no longer than eight feet in length. Multiple dog refuse stations are posted throughout the trail system, so visitors are encouraged to clean up any messes left behind. History buffs have a few notable sights in Glimmerglass State Park as well.
The Hyde Hall Mansion is a 118-year old structure that has been more or less kept in its original state since its construction and is open to the public via guided tours during the warmer months. These tours are first-come, first-serve so makes sure to plan your visit according. Sorry dog owners, but canines are prohibited from entering any of these structures.