TOWN OF BOLTON
Godwin Preserve has two trails for hiking: the red trail, which is part of a future loop trail, and the yellow trail, which leads to a view of the Amy’s Park wetlands and High Nopit.
From the Padanarum Road parking area the red trail follows a logging road for 0.5 miles, with a gradual upward grade, then leaves the road for 300 feet and climbs a short, fairly steep ledge, before returning to the road. At this point, the red trail intersects with the yellow trail. Turning onto the yellow trail, it climbs steadily for 0.3 miles to a lookout, with views northwest of High Nopit and the wetlands of Amy’s Park.
If you continue on the red trail, it follows the road gradually downhill for 0.5 miles until it reaches the corner of the preserve, which adjoins the Pole Hill Pond Forest Preserve. (See LGLC’s Pole Hill Pond Trail Map.)
To reach Amy’s Park, use the connector trail, which has yellow triangles. From the parking lot, go north on Padanarum Road for 0.25 miles until the trail turns down an embankment and into the woods. Follow this relatively flat trail for 0.25 miles until it intersects with Amy’s yellow trail. Going left takes you across the stream to Trout Falls Road. If you go right, that will take you to the lookout and Amy’s Park kiosk and parking lot.
Open year-round, dawn to dusk.
Please stay on the marked trails.
Please be courteous of other preserve guests.
No removal of plants or animals without permission.
LGLC allows hunting at Godwin Preserve by permit only. Please visit our Hunting on LGLC Lands page for more information and to apply for a hunting permit.
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
No camping, littering or fires.
Motorized or non-motorized recreational vehicles are NOT allowed.
Leashed dogs are permitted. Please clean up after your dog.
Please park only in the park’s designated area.
The Isabel La Roche Godwin Preserve is a beautiful property of forests and vernal pools in the uplands of Bolton Landing. It was purchased in June, 2016 and its hiking trails were officially opened to the public on July 26, 2016. We would like to give a special thanks to Richard Hayes Phillips for making this acquisition possible.
The Bolton property includes a tributary of Indian Brook and large vernal pools for breeding amphibians. It is part of a large, unfragmented forest that adjoins Pole Hill Pond Preserve. Protecting this fragile
property prevents excess nutrients and sediments generated by development from flowing into Indian Brook and Northwest Bay.
The preserve was named in memory of the sellers’ mother, who loved the land and Lake George.
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.