Lily Pond and Round Pond
This is a nice walk to two pretty ponds, with several primitive campsites dotting their shores. Round Pond is stocked with rainbow trout. The trails, especially the Round Pond trail, can be quite wet, so these are good trails to explore during a dry stretch. If hiking during wet weather, be prepared for mud. The Lily Pond campsites are accessed via the Lily Pond trail, which turns off east of the pond and can be followed via Lily Pond Road back to Route 8.
Location: Grassville Rd, Brant Lake
Parking and Directions:
Take the Northway to exit 25. Turn east on NY-8 towards Brant Lake and continue for approximately 3.8 miles. Turn right onto Grassville Rd and continue approximately 3 miles to the end of the road. There is a red camp at the end of the road. Park on the shoulder of the road. The trail begins next to the camp and continues for a short distance on private land before state land begins; please be respectful of the landowner.
Google Maps directions
Trailhead Coordinates: -73 40.80 42 41.67
Things to Do Nearby: The Lily and Round Pond trails hook up with additional trails (Buttermilk Pond Trail and Island Pond Trail) for a longer hike. Several primitive campsites provide the option for an overnight stay and all of the ponds have good fishing. The nearby hamlet of Brant Lake offers dining, swimming, a canoe and kayak launch, and road and mountain biking opportunities.