This 132-acre property was added to the Lake George Land Conservancy portfolio in November 2014. A total of 1.5 miles of trails have been established and connect to trails on the Silver Bay YMCA property. Trails for Silver Bay YMCA can be found on their website. If you would like to hike their trails, they ask that you become a member of Silver Bay.
Owned by the Terzian Family for decades, this parcel was sold to LGLC after an overwhelmingly successful fundraising campaign. The project was the perfect example of a community effort and thanks to the neighbors of Sabbath Day Point and Silver Bay all the monies for acquisition and stewardship were raised in three short months! We are especially grateful to Silver Bay community member and now LGLC Board Member, Elizabeth Guest, who was instrumental in the support behind this project.
The acquisition of this property has allowed LGLC to ensure the protection of a Lake George tributary, create public access to beautiful forests and ridges, and provide habitat and refuge for the endangered timber rattlesnakes. If you see any snakes, please keep a safe distance and do NOT share its location with others (to keep the snakes and curious people safe from unnecessary encounters).
While it is not an official DEC trailhead, anyone can reach the Terzian trail system through DEC state forest land, which borders Lake Shore Drive and adjoins the Terzian Preserve. You will note that there is an old DEC trailhead post without a sign. By entering there you will quickly come to a field. At the far end of the field is a well-worn dirt road, which if you follow it will take you to our kiosk and the entrance to the preserve (approximately 0.3 miles).
Note that the road makes a right turn within 75 feet of the field (at a “T” intersection), then after some distance makes another sharp right turn, before making a sharp left turn, gradually bearing to the left (past the stream on your right) up a small hill to the kiosk and start of the LGLC-marked trails.
From the kiosk, the trail climbs gradually for 0.2 miles until it reaches the top of a knoll, then goes down to a small stream crossing. It goes up and over a small knoll, then down to a larger stream crossing. The trail follows the stream for a hundred feet, then makes a sharp turn to the right. The trail goes straight for 250 feet until it comes to a logging road. It makes a sharp left turn and climbs gradually for 0.75 miles, crossing our boundary line onto Silver Bay lands before descending gradually to Uncas Falls.
The intersection with the yellow trail to Uncas Cliff is at 1.0 mile (from the kiosk). The yellow trail is level for 250 feet, then makes a short, steep climb before leveling off and following the ridge to Uncas Cliff, with spectacular views of Lake George. The end of both trails connect to the Silver Bay Trails (see www.silverbay.org/campus-map).
Use of the trail system beyond Uncas Falls is restricted to YMCA Silver Bay members only. For information about becoming a member of the YMCA, please visit silverbay.org.