Berry Pond Preserve

1,436 acres in the Towns of Lake George, Warrensburg and Lake Luzerne

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.

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.

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 DEC’s 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.

TRAILS
Access to the Berry Pond trails is gained through the Village of Lake George’s Recreation Center trail system. The trails are identified with LGLC’s 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.

Trail Intensity: Blue trail – moderate/challenging, some steep sections. Orange trail – easy

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