Moderate to Challenging


1,436 Acres

The Berry Pond Preserve, owned and managed by NYS DEC, has more than 4 miles of trails that lead are accessed from the Lake George Recreation Center. Two trails offer both scenic views of Lake George as well as a quiet loop around Berry Pond.

From the kiosk, follow the trail with LGLC’s blue markers through the Rec. Center trail system. Look carefully for a number of directional changes. After making a sharp left turn, the Blue Trail ascends 280 feet over 0.4 miles to the Berry Pond land boundary. It then descends gradually for another 0.2 miles to the intersection with the Orange Trail. Hikers can then choose to continue along the Blue Trail for scenic views or the orange trail to Berry Pond itself.

Aerial view of Berry Pond surround by lush green forest and mountains.

The Blue Trail climbs 520 feet over about 1 mile to reach views looking north at Lake George (1,620-ft elevation) and south at Butler Pond and Vermont (1,640-ft elevation). It then descends gradually on a dirt road to reconnect with the Orange Trail just north of the Berry Pond loop.

From the initial junction of the Orange and Blue trails, the Orange Trail follows a dirt 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 along a dirt road to the Berry Pond loop. Following the loop clockwise, the trail continues along the dirt road for approximately 0.25 miles before cutting into the woods for a forested, pond-side trail for the remaining 0.75 miles of the loop.

A large open field with green trees surrounding the area. Mountains are visible in the distance.

Please note: Information provided here was accurate as of 2015 and trail conditions may have changed since written. This property and its trails are owned and managed by the NYS DEC, not the LGLC. If you encounter issues on the trails please contact the local DEC Forest Ranger Evan Donegan at 518-656-9086 or the DEC Regional Office at 518-897-1300. 

Preserve Guidelines

A blue circular trail sign with white lettering is pinned to a tree trunk. The sign reads "Blue Trail Lake George Land Conservancy 518-644-9673"

The Berry Pond Preserve is subject to State Forest Preserve rules. Please follow DEC rules when visiting the preserve.

Motorized recreational vehicles are NOT allowed, except for snowmobiles on designated trails.

Please park only in the preserve’s designated area at the Village of Lake George Recreational Center lot.

Hunting and trapping is permitted according to New York State regulations. Please use caution when hiking during hunting seasons: wear bright colors and hike in groups. Hunters – please be aware of hikers and hunt away from trails. Please follow NYS DEC’s Hunting Safety Rules

To report any problems or acquire permits, contact DEC Forest Ranger Evan Donegan at 518-656-9086 or the DEC Regional Office at 518-897-1300. For emergencies, call DEC Dispatch at 518-891-0235.


A blue circular trail sign with white lettering is pinned to a tree trunk. The sign reads "Blue Trail Lake George Land Conservancy 518-644-9673"

The LGLC purchased the Berry Pond tract on January 22, 2008, for $2.654 million, marking the largest dollar purchase in LGLC’s history at that time. The purchase was made possible in part through a loan from the Open Space Conservancy (OSC) and funding provided by the Helen V. Froehlich Foundation.

On March 26, 2015, LGLC sold Berry Pond to the state and it is now part of the New York State Forest Preserve. Read the NYS press release.

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 open-space 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 high points of the land provide expansive views of Lake George to “the Narrows” and southern views to Butler Pond and the lower Adirondacks. 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.

About Us

Protecting the land that protects the lake since 1988. The Lake George Land Conservancy is an accredited not-for-profit land trust dedicated to working with willing landowners and other partners to protect the world-renowned water quality of Lake George and to permanently preserve the natural, scenic, historical and recreational resources of the Lake George Region.

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