limmerglass State Park, located eight miles outside the village of Cooperstown, overlooks Otsego Lake, the "Glimmerglass" of James Fenimore Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales. The rolling, partially-wooded terrain is host to a wide variety of wildlife. An uphill trail through the forest affords a spectacular view of Otsego Lake; the Beaver Pond and Woodland trails are picturesque and of interest for the variety of wildflowers, shrubs, ferns and mosses. The Hyde Hall Mansion, Covered Bridge, and a self-guided Beaver Pond Nature Trail are within park boundaries and open to visitors. Winter visitors can go tubing, cross-country skiing, ice skating, showshoeing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, winter hiking.

Decent trail but not much to see

well marked trail with a decent climb at the beginning.

4 months ago

Trail wasn’t very well marked. Great park with lakefront beach, tons of picnic tables and BBQ pits. A few nice playground sets for kids to play on. Overall a great park, just disappointed that the trails weren’t well marked.

Boring, not much to see

Easy climb, but not a lot of grand sweeping views except at the beginning and the trail markers could stand to be touched up. But overall, a good warm up hike.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Decent trail. starts off with a continuous gradual incline and then is easy the rest of the way. Not really any spectacular scenery. Animals are obviously very used to people being around.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

A bit muddy after rain Last night but a beautiful, peaceful trail

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Nice trail.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

enjoyable and the animals are use to humans. even the deer :)

Sunday, July 02, 2017


Monday, April 03, 2017

Good trail

Saturday, February 25, 2017


Thursday, February 23, 2017

It was a beautiful hike. Had such a nice time. Super wet with snow on this gorgeous February day!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Nice easy hike that meanders through the forest. Saw a few deer.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

kind of a boring hike but pretty and we came across two deer

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Easy trail, plenty of wildlife.

Monday, April 25, 2016

We do this trail once a year while we're visiting Glimmerglass Lake. It is a well maintained and easy to follow trail with parking just off from the trailhead. If you continue down past the entrance to the trail there is a nice stone bench overlooking the lake and it's a good spot to catch a quick pre-hike snack. The trail starts off steep and runs through the woods, there isn't a lot of scenery but there is a small amount of wild life (squirrels, chipmunks, and birds) that you will encounter. As you crest the hill and start heading back down in elevation it starts to get a little muddy, but that's nothing to worry about most times of the year. The trail ends over past the "tin top" and the Hyde Hall visitor center nearby. You will need to walk down the "roadway" owned by Hyde Hall to get back to the parking lot at the trail head so now is a great time to stop and visit the Hall as well! If you time it good, you can finish up the hike right before a tour starts.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

A little muddy

Monday, June 15, 2015

Pretty hike through woods. Loads of birds and curious chipmunks. A little steep and muddy in places.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The trail was well marked with a good mix of hill and level areas. It had just snowed the night before so the terrain was a bit slippery at some points. If you are looking for a trail to see the lake the whole time then this probably is not the right one. It starts out and finishes besides the lake allowing for views buy majority of the hike is through the forest. Saw plenty of deer and was very tranquil. Dog friendly. The Hyde House would be a welcome treat at the end to explore in the summer.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Easy trail, not much too it. Nice for an afternoon walk. No views of the lake which is disappointing.

Friday, June 06, 2014

This is a quick and easy trail that was great for my 2 and 7 year-olds. My wife was still recovering from a broken ankle and didn't have any trouble with the terrain. On this particular late-Fall day we saw a lot of deer (sheltering in the no-hunting-zone of Glimmerglass State Park) and chipmunks, and got a great view of a Pileated Woodpecker. Animal sightings make the boys happy. For a casual hike you can do with kids in a couple of hours that's not too far out of Cooperstown, Sleeping Lion is handy. We probably hike it a couple of times a year.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

It was okay. A nice day hike. Not challenging and not much for views. You're pretty much walking through woods the whole time.

Saturday, September 07, 2013

It took us awhile to find the trailhead. The hike was well kept, not too strenuous at all and a comfortable distance- just about 3 miles. Btw the trail i'm referring to is sleeping lion trail. It would have been helpful to know the name beforehand. Anyway, the hike was nice- about an hour, and my only complaint is that there wasn't any viewpoint. The trail went up and down, but you barely saw the lake.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

It happened to be a rainy day today (we just got back) but it was still a very nice hike. There is definitely an elevation gain, and I don't know if I would call it easy, but that may have been because of the rain. It was sloppy and slippery more than half the time. The trail takes off right near Hyde Hall in Glimmerglass and circles up and over the mountain, coming back down near Tin Top.

Saw a couple of does pretty close :) and brought home about 4 ticks :(

We had our golden retriever with us, dogs are allowed on a leash no longer than 6 feet and a ranger actually asked. We saw hoofprints up there, so someone was riding today.

The board at the trailhead said it was a 2 mile hike, here says 3.5. I didn't "measure" but it was definitely closer to 3 than 2!

1 month ago

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