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. It was purchased in February, 2012 and its hiking trails were officially opened to the public on July 13, 2012.
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 generated by development from flowing into Indian Brook and Northwest Bay.
LGLC has created four hiking trails for passive recreation, exploration and education, which include lookout areas to view the active beaver pond and its resident wildlife, as well as a view of Lake George. In addition two boat launch areas have been designated on the western shore, off of Trout Falls Road.
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 was provided through two grants: a State Environmental Protection Fund grant from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and a Federal North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant.
We are pleased to announce that you can hike around the entire perimeter of Amy's Park: From the Padanarum parking lot, proceed on the yellow trail across Trout Falls Rd. to the red trail. Then go north (right) on the red trail across Trout Falls Rd. and follow it around the north pond to the blue trail. Then go south (right) on the blue trail to the orange trail and back (left) to the parking lot.
Amy’s Park has multiple trails for hiking and two water access points. The yellow, orange and blue hiking trails start at the Padanarum Road parking area; the red trail and north boat launch start from Trout Falls Rd. A new boat launch for the southern pond has been created off of Padanarum Rd (with its own pull-off for parking), south of the main parking area.
To hike from the main Padanarum Rd trailhead, follow the orange trail a short distance to a junction with the yellow trail. The orange trail turns right, while the yellow trail continues straight. The orange trail will lead you on a 1.0-mile path with a loop at the end that winds around some rocky ledges and overlooks the northern beaver pond. The yellow trail leads to a lovely, lichen covered rocky outcrop at the beaver dam (0.5 m) and continues across the stream below the beaver dam for another 0.5 miles to Trout Falls Rd (you will pass the connector trail to Godwin Preserve before the bridge).
The blue trail follows a logging road from the northeast corner of the park to the 0.5-mile-mark on the orange trail. It is relatively flat and wide and is good for cross-country skiing.
From the Trout Falls Rd. parking lot, the red trail climbs steadily south for 0.75 miles 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 Rd. Going north from the Trout Falls Rd parking lot, the red trail primarily follows an old logging road for 1.45 miles, for an easy hike around the northern pond to connect with the blue trail.
To launch your canoe or kayak on the south pond, proceed from the intersection of Padanarum and Trout Falls Roads north on Padanarum Road for 0.8 miles until you see a sign for the boat launch on the left hand side. From here there is a 500 foot portage to the water. To launch into the north pond, bear left at intersection onto Trout Falls Road and drive 0.9 miles to the roadside parking area on the right. The red trail follows the brook downstream for a short distance before crossing and heading back to the old logging road. Proceed for 0.65 miles to a sign pointing to the launch area.