Berry Pond Trail is a 5.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Lake George, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
A great trail system that can offer a moderately challenging hike or an easier one depending on which route you choose. Great views of Lake George and surrounding valley. The Preserve includes Berry Pond, a pristine wetlands and open water wilderness that is home to an active beaver community and contains a small great blue heron rookery. The highpoints of the land provide expansive views of Lake George to the Narrows and southern views to Butler Pond and the lower Adirondacks. The tract is one of only two tracts specifically targeted in DECs Lake George Open Space Conservation Plan for purchase. Situated adjacent to the existing Lake George Recreation Center, the Berry Pond tract will provide significantly expanded outdoor recreational resources for residents and area guests. Access to the Berry Pond trails is gained through the Village of Lake Georges Recreation Center trail system. The trails are identified with LGLCs Blue markers. 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. Hikers can then choose to continue along the Blue trail to reach views looking north at Lake George (1620-ft elevation) and south (1640-ft elevation). This is a 520-ft elevation gain over approx. 1 mile. From the initial junction of the Orange and Blue trails, the Orange trail follows a logging road for 0.56 miles 300-ft elevation gain) to the second junction with the Blue Trail. The Orange trail then leads southwest for 0.1 miles to the Berry Pond loop. Following the loop clockwise, the trail continues along the logging road for approx. 0.25 miles before cutting into the woods for a forested, pond-side trail for the remaining 0.75 miles of the loop.
Decent hike, my wife and I did the blue and orange trails in just under 3 hours. Views are okay from top of the mountain on blue trail. The trail starts off in a town park with cross country ski trails, which can be confusing at times with lots of unmarked intersections.
Trail itself was great. Lot to see and great views. Following the blue trail that was posted to Berry Pond did not follow app trail. I thought our GPS was off but app trail doesn't go to Berry Pond. Posted trail gets close but you have to veer off to the orange trail to get to the pond. That is worth it because we saw a large turtle and beaver dams. The posted trail is not a loop but an out and back and is fairly steep in places.
We went for a run here with our dog. We stayed in green trails and it was great. We went out for a 30 minute run. It was extremely relaxing and quiet trails. It was somewhat difficult but it was great for a short run. You do have to watch your footing because there are some rocky parts.
Similar to other reviews the blue trail is partially closed. Kids still enjoyed it. Parts were a little steep and rough for a 7 year old but she trudged through. Wish there was a warning that the blue trail was closed. We would have crossed over to the green. Saw many chipmunks, several frogs and a snake which thrilled the kids.
walked several miles uphill only to find that the blue trail to the pond was closed after a certain point. no mention of the closed trail on the map at the beginning of the adventure, so be wary. other than that it was beautiful with lots of running water, mini falls, large rocks covered in moss and water so clear you can drink straight from the creek. most of the trails are shaded as well. I never reached any overlook, but it may have been on the part of the trail that was closed. definitely going to go back later in the summer.
A fairly challenging hike to a mediocre view. Unfortunately, part of the blue trail loop was closed and that may have been the part with the views of the lake. The pond was okay but not worth the steep climb. The climb was equivalent of a moderate mountain (almost 1000 feet of ascent with little let up) but without the views.
I am giving this a four star because the trail and the surroundings were pretty and I enjoyed the falls but we got lost and never did find our way to the lookout or the pond. We did meet a fellow hiker and learned that you can climb up Prospect from this trailhead. Lots of trails that are not marked well and easy to get confused. Might try again with some research so we know what we are doing.
This is a great hike! A little steep in parts, trail is clearly marked and lots of side trails to explore! Definitely worth going back for.
It was a easy trail and marked very well
If you don't take a good look at the trail map at the Rec center or find a good one online it is easy o find yourself hiking in the wrong direction. Being someone who doesn't mind a bushwhack got frustrate and just walked straight up a STEEP hill in the direction I needed I go. Eventually caught up with the right trail again.
Be sure you have a good map or GPS that will show you your final destination and starting point. I hiked out in the dark
We enjoyed this hike with a few others but headed in a slightly different way. we wanted to see the falls again so we started at the Rec Center trailhead, then to the waterfall and then back over to the Blue trail. We took the Blue trail all the way to the top (you can also choose the Orange trail which is less strenuous). You will crest at about 1620' with some beautiful views of Lake George and the adjoining valleys. The trail then continued to Berry Pond where we crossed a beaver damn before circling the pond and retracing our steps back out to intersect the orange trail to take the logging road out. Our track log with a few side excursions was 5 miles RT. A little tough on the way up in spots, but nothing too difficult. Very enjoyable.