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.
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.