Amy's Park

500 acres in the Town of Bolton Landing

Named in memory of Amy Wolgin Wiener, Amy's Park is a beautiful property of ponds, marshes and forests in the uplands of Bolton Landing located between Padanarum and Trout Falls Roads. The Park also includes a portion lying to the west of Trout Falls Road. It was purchased on February 29, 2012 and its hiking trails were officially opened to the public with an inaugural guided hike on Friday, July 13th following the LGLC annual meeting.

LGLC purchased the property for $500,000 from a conservation buyer, who held the land until LGLC was able to finalize the purchase. Funding for the deal is provided through two grants: a State Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) grant from the New York Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, which was awarded to LGLC in 2007 for this acquisition, and a Federal North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant.

The Bolton property includes the headwaters for Indian Brook and contains important wildlife habitat within its large, unfragmented forest and wetland complexes. Protecting this fragile property prevents excess nutrients and sediments that are inevitably generated by development from flowing into Indian Brook and Northwest Bay.

In 2007 the property had been under threat of development. In response, and unbeknownst to LGLC, a representative of 228 Bolton residents presented a petition to the Bolton Town Board in June of 2007 requesting the Board to protect these lands. That same evening, the Board voted to endorse LGLC’s application for the EPF grant. LGLC also received written support for the grant from Senator Betty Little and Assemblywoman Teresa R. Sayward.

TRAILS
LGLC has created four hiking trails, one short portage trail for water access to the southern pond, and one longer portage trail for access to the northern pond.  The yellow, orange and blue hiking trails start at the main parking area on Padanarum Road; the red trail and the boat launches start from Trout Falls Road.

To hike, from the Padanarum Road parking area follow the orange trail a short distance to a junction with the yellow trail.  The orange trail turns right (northwest) while the yellow trail continues straight. Both trails are easy with a relatively flat tread. The orange trail will lead you on a 1.5 mile path, with a loop at the end that winds around some rocky ledges to two viewing sites overlooking the northern end of the beaver pond. 

The yellow trail does not loop; it leads to a lovely, lichen covered rocky outcrop at the water's edge (0.5 m). Here you may see the resident beavers in action, working on their lodges or reinforcing the dam.  You may continue across the stream (use caution until the bridge is built) below the beaver dam for 0.5 miles to Trout Falls Road.

The blue trail follows a logging road from the northeast corner of the park at Padanarum Road to the 0.5 mile mark on the orange trail.  It is relatively flat and is good for cross-country skiing.

For those looking for a challenge, the red trail climbs steadily for 0.75 miles from a parking area on Trout Falls Road to a lookout point, with great views of Lake George.  It can also be accessed from a section of the yellow trail via a steep climb from Trout Falls Road.

To launch your canoe or kayak on the south pond, proceed from the intersection of Padanarum and Trout Falls Road north on Trout Falls Road for 0.8 miles until you see the boat launch sign on the right hand side. It is a short, but steep portage to the water.  To launch your boat on the north pond, continue on Trout Falls Road for 0.1 miles to the parking area.  The red trail follow the brook downstream for a short distance before crossing it and heading back to the old logging road.  Proceed for 0.65 miles to a sign pointing to the launch area.

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Our many thanks to Carl Heilman for use of his photos in the slideshow above. (Carl Heilman, II/WildVisions, Inc.,www.carlheilman.com)

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