Palmer Pond is a large pond that can be reached by an easy walk along a woods road. Side trails provide a variety of attractive vistas.
Trailhead: Access to the trailhead is at the end of Palmer Pond Road, off state Route 8. Palmer Pond Road is 1 mile east of the Hudson River at Riparius and 1 mile west of the intersection of state Route 8 and Route 9, west of Chestertown. A barrier gate at 0.8 miles blocks Palmer Pond Road. Parking is available for several vehicles at the barrier gate; additional parking spots can be found in the woods before the gate.
Trail: From the trailhead, a woods road heads south. After passing a flooded area on the right at 0.1 miles, the road ascends a minor knoll. At a junction just over the crest of the knoll at 0.3 miles, continue straight. (The wide trail left makes a nice side trip. It skirts a marshy cove and reaches the eastern shore of the pond 0.4 miles from the road.)
The trail levels at a 150-foot beaver dam at 0.4 miles. This very large dam has totally flooded a small valley. Avoid the side trail left at the beginning of the dam. Continue on, across the solid, wide dam.
The road then ascends a gradual grade to Palmer Pond. Short side trails leading to the pond shore branch left at 0.5 miles and 0.6 miles. The road continues to a junction in a clearing at 0.7 miles. Bear left. (The road straight ahead continues another 0.9 miles to private land. Although hikers must turn back at the boundary, the round trip offers a nice woods walk and occasional glimpses of old stone walls and foundations.) Skirting the pond, the trail terminates at a wide opening on its southwestern shore at 1.0 miles. The broad expanse of the pond can be seen from this vantage point. (The road continues beyond the opening, but the land is posted and should not be entered.)
Distance: To beaver dam (0.4 miles), to junction clearing (0.7 miles), to southwest corner of pond (1 mile).
- Excerpted from Adirondack Trails: Central Region, published by Adirondack Mountain Club, Inc. (ADK). This copyrighted material is used with the permission of ADK, www.adk.org.