Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Adirondack Family Activities: Amy’s Park in Bolton Landing

20121220_Amy-Park_019The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) is hosting free guided hikes/snowshoes on their latest acquired property, Amy’s Park in Bolton Landing on January 26 and March 2.

LGLC’s Communications and Outreach Manager Sarah Hoffman says, “We officially opened Amy’s Park in July with a guided hike. It is a wonderful and rare property for this area. It is very family-friendly and a great place to explore with young kids.”

According to Hoffman though the 500-acre property does not have views of the lake, it is home to a beaver pond, natural plants, grasses and all the wildlife that comes with it. It is a beautiful addition to the other LGLC properties.

“The hike coming up on January 26 will be held on the longer trail,” says Hoffman. “We will walk or snowshoe to the beaver pond and look for signs of wildlife and enjoy a quiet morning. It is informal but registration is required for this and all of our other events. The reason is so that if anything changes with the activity, we can notify people. People should come prepared to snowshoe though we can’t predict the weather. The other reason to register is to let us know if someone needs snowshoes. We are able to borrow them from the local Bolton Landing School.”

Currently there are two trails on the property: the Orange Trail, 1.5-miles, and the Yellow Trail, 0.5-miles. There are scenic vistas overlooking the pond and a canoe/kayak boat launch. The parking areas at Amy’s Park are kept plowed in winter and the trails are relatively flat with rocks and small obstacles along the trail.  There are plans to add new trails in the summer and to make the property available for more educational opportunities.

“The March 2nd snowshoe will be geared toward tracking,” says Hoffman. “We have a wildlife tracker working for the DEC, Matt Walker, leading that hike. That event is geared toward families and older children. Matt will lead participants onto both trails, looking for signs of wildlife.”

According to Hoffman all the LGLC properties are free and open to the public from dawn to dusk. Named for Amy Wolgin Wiener, Amy’s Park, Padanarum Rd, Bolton Landing, is located between Padanarum and Trout Falls Roads. The new trails will allow access to the southern part of the pond where ospreys can be viewed while enjoy the other recreational activities. To register for any of the events please call the Lake George Land Conservancy at 518-644-9673.

Photo:  Amy’s Park (Courtesy Lake George Land Conservancy).

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Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.

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