Berry Pond Trail is a 9.3 kilometer 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.

Distance: 9.3 km Elevation Gain: 457 m Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

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.

hiking
bugs
private property
15 days ago

What a disappointment. The Blue Trail is great, leads you to some great views after some challenging ascents.But the problems begin immediately after. On the descent, the map on All-Trails and reality diverge. Once you follow the Orange Trail on the old logging road, it is easy to completely miss the turn to Berry Pond. It's made worse because of deficiencies on the map on this website, it portrays something completely different from reality. Furthermore, from my readings of the maps at the trail head, this loop covers privately owned land. After missing our turnoff, we attempted to do the hike backwards, only to discover that we were entering private property. From what the signs said, we were left with the impression that we did not have permission to use the roads and would have been trespassing. The only reason this didn't get one star is because the views are awesome and the challenge is worth it. But this is a poorly marked trail to begin with, and the loop illustrated on this website does not appear to be open.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Lots of trails to explore. We didn’t complete the blue trail but kids had fun climbing around the brook that comes down the mountain. Can be muddy but would recommend!

hiking
1 month ago

This hidden gem has been under my nose for years and I had no idea. As a disclaimer, I have not actually completed and official trail here. I always start with my wife and three year old and we get sidetracked enjoying the area. This place is huge and you can spend an entire day here exploring. Family friendly in my opinion

hiking
blowdown
flooded
muddy
off trail
rocky
scramble
snow
washed out
2 months ago

This will be a great trail as soon as markers are put in ...took the blue to a snowmobile trail got a bit lost a few times had to use my gps to find my way

hiking
blowdown
snow
3 months ago

Awesome conditions. Not very crowded. Some blowdowns.

running
blowdown
icy
rocky
scramble
snow
4 months ago

January thaw. Lots of ice! Almost broke my ass on a down slope! Challenging trail for an avid trail runner in the winter. Fairly technical with all of the rocks ice and elevation changes. The original map I took took me off of the cut path and into the woods. So I came back out onto the rugged dirt road. Wasn’t going to bushwhack as it was getting dark and After I took that spill. I felt like half a dozen vertebrae crack when I landed on my backside. Like I said good for a work out but not much of a view if that’s what you’re looking for. Happy trails!

hiking
washed out
8 months ago

This hike was nice! The trail was fairly steep with a lot of wash out. Over all a nice loop! It took us about 2 hours to complete.

hiking
9 months ago

This trail should not even be listed as a hike. avoid it at all costs.

hiking
bugs
over grown
10 months ago

trail was overgrown so many bugs mad the hike very unpleasant

hiking
10 months ago

Logged, black fly infested, hill of destruction.

hiking
Sat Apr 27 2019

First 1/4 mile to beautiful small falls, after that it’s mainly through logging path of destruction - too muddy and tree limbs all over the place

Wed Apr 24 2019

it was a perfect hiking day out! I was very glad to wear gaiters as the trail was very wet and involved crossing water runoff a lot including some thick mud on the logging roads. The loggers on the first half the trail did a terrible job cleaning up after themselves. The waterfall at the beginning was raging and really impressive! No bugs today, but that will change soon with all the wetness!

hiking
snow
Sat Mar 02 2019

A good 2.5 hour trek in the snow without snowshoes. The trails are beautiful and the blue-trail was a good workout, accessible all the way to the orange snowmobile trail. At that point, the blue trail continued up the mountain, but it's unbroken snow, so you will need snow shoes to climb up there. It was easy enough to jump onto the orange trail to Berry Pond, though, but just watch for the snowmobiles.

snowshoeing
snow
Sat Jan 26 2019

Snowshoed the blue trail on 1/26, conditions were perfect. This is a network that takes some getting used to and learning, and if you don’t know it well, take the LGLC map with you because there are lots of unmarked intersecting paths that are part of the town park. If you have the map and pay attention to it, you should,be fine.

Sun Sep 16 2018

Signing could be better. The woods were nice and calm. No lumbering today but large piece of equipment in middle of trail. Would be a good way to climb Prospect but make sure you have GPS to guide you to the correct trail. Whole trail complex needs some love with some better maintenance and new signage. Had a good time.

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