Berry Pond Trail

MODERATE 25 reviews

Berry Pond Trail is a 5.8 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.

DISTANCE
5.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1578 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

1 day ago

started this hike thinking it was the Prospect trail from the rec center. Apparantly it may have been but never figured out the split off. Started off deceiving on the middle trail with the sign "Lets Go", then hit some steep inclines. it eventually leveled out and just kept following the blue markers. Eventually we got on a snowmobile path with orange markers, then no markers at all just signs. the pond was not worth it, by any means. on the last half of the loop, we kept on the snowmobile trail and it turned into a road (to the quarry), we missed the sharp left to stay on the loop. made it back, watch out for the salamanders, frogs, snails, and snakes!

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1 month ago

A much nicer way to get to the Summit of Prospect Mountain than the Cog Railway trail. This 2.6 mile round trip departs from the Cross-Country/Tubing trailhead at Lake George Recreation Area off of State Highway 9N near Exit 21 of the Northway. The first part of the trail parallels West Brook on an old jeep trail before traversing to another jeep trail. Use the GPS tracks from this recording: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/recording/prospect-mountain-from-the-south

2 months ago

Has many trails some easy some hard, the views a beautiful, has a lean-to and dridges that crosses steams. good for family.

4 months ago

snowshoeing
5 months ago

6 months ago

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8 months ago

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.

9 months ago

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.

10 months ago

10 months ago

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.

hiking
11 months ago

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.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

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.

hiking
Thursday, May 26, 2016

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.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

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.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

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.

hiking
Thursday, September 17, 2015

Multiple trails