The Berry Pond Preserve offers a challenging hike due to its length and sections of steep terrain.
Location: Transfer Road, Lake George [view map]
Hike Length: 4.5 miles round-trip
Start Time: 9:40 am
Photo Time: 11:10 am
Approx. End Time: 12:45 pm
The Berry Pond Preserve trails are accessed via the existing Lake George Recreation Center trail system and are marked with LGLC’s blue disks. The blue trail leads hikers off of the Rec. Center trails and ascends 280-feet over 0.4 miles to the Berry Pond land boundary. After another 0.2 miles, the blue trail intersects with the orange trail. The Hike-A-Thon group will continue steeply upward to an elevation of about 1,630 feet, following the blue trail to reach views looking north at Lake George and south over Queensbury (a 520-ft elevation gain over approx. 1 mile). It is at these views that the group will assemble and wait for the helicopter to arrive to take photos. Click here for brochure and trail guide.
This hike is recommended for more experienced hikers who wish to be on a longer and more challenging hike. All participants should have plenty of water and food, and wear appropriate clothing, including sturdy shoes.
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About the Berry Pond Preserve:
The Berry Pond Preserve includes the headwaters of West Brook, a tributary that has a significant impact on the water quality of Lake George. This single project connects nearly 10,000 acres of protected land, linking New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Prospect Mountain, The Nature Conservancy’s recently acquired Finch, Pruyn & Co., Inc. parcels, and other land owned by the Village and Town of Lake George.
LGLC purchased the Berry Pond tract on January 22, 2008, for $2.654 million, marking the largest dollar purchase in LGLC history and the largest acreage purchased at one time from a single landowner. The purchase has been made possible in part through a loan from the Open Space Conservancy (OSC) and funding provided by the Helen V. Froehlich Foundation. On March 13, 2015, LGLC sold Berry Pond to the state and it is now part of the New York State Forest Preserve.