SUCKER BROOK PRESERVE
TOWN OF PUTNAM
The Sucker Brook Preserve is made up of multiple protected properties, including those previously known as the Gull Bay Preserve (protected in 2003) and Last Great Shoreline Preserve (protected in 2009). In total, the Sucker Brook Preserve encompasses a total of 1,078 acres and more than 6 miles of trails.
From the Warrick Rd parking area, you can access the short Green Trail (0.3 miles) to the north beaver pond, or take the Blue Trail (1.8 miles) to where it crosses over Warrick Rd and heads south. The Blue Trail ends at a seasonal dock on Lake George.
From the Blue Trail you can access the red Andia-te-roc-te Trail (0.4 miles), which is a loop that includes a scenic view towards Vermont, and the Yellow Trail (1.8 miles), which is the connector trail between the north and south parcels. The Yellow Trail includes a staircase at a steep section close to the north end.
From the Sagamore Rd parking lot, the Blue Trail (0.34 miles) ascends to a clear view of Lake George, overlooking Gull Bay and south through the Narrows. From the Blue Trail, you can access the south end of the Yellow Trail (1.8 miles) and Orange Trail (0.9 miles).
The Yellow Trail serves as the connector between the north and south trail systems. From the south, it follows the west edge of the beaver pond and heron rookery. You can choose to loop around the pond, following the Green Trail (0.2 miles) to Orange Trail, or continue on the Yellow Trail north to access the White Trail or northern Blue Trail (see notes above).
The south Red Trail leading off of the Orange Trail is a challenging, rock-scramble of a climb to a view of the southern beaver ponds.
Most trails at the Sucker Brook Preserve are considered moderate, with many relatively flat and easy stretches. There are also challenging, though short, sections, notably at the southern end of the Orange Trail, and the Red Trail-South. In addition, because these are active beaver ponds, water levels vary throughout the seasons and years, which may impact trail conditions.
Be sure to download and/or print a copy of our Sucker Brook Preserve brochure to reference when hiking.
The Preserve is open year-round, dawn to dusk.
Please park only in the designated parking lots. Note that the parking lots are NOT plowed in winter.
Please stay on the marked trails.
Please be courteous of other preserve guests.
Leashed dogs are permitted. Please clean up after your dog.
No removal of plants or animals without permission.
LGLC allows hunting at Sucker Brook 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.
The Sucker Brook Preserve is made up of multiple protected properties, including those previously known as the Gull Bay Preserve (protected in 2003) and Last Great Shoreline Preserve (protected in 2009). In total, the Sucker Brook Preserve encompasses a total of 1,078 acres, including 240 acres of wetlands and more than a mile of streams that make up Sucker Brook. This major Lake George tributary flows through the preserve and enters the lake in the hamlet of Glenburnie.
The southern portion of the Sucker Brook Preserve protects a great blue heron rookery (nesting colony), which is most active March through July. If visiting during this time, please be respectful of the birds; keep a safe distance and use caution to reduce disturbance and stress on the animals. An active beaver population has created a series of ponds that provide food, shelter, and habitat for a wide variety of animals that live and migrate throughout this region.
In addition to having both northern and southern parking areas, a seasonal dock is available on a first-come, first-served basis to provide access by boat.
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.