Palmer Pond

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This trail offers an easy, family-friendly trek with great opportunities to view wildlife, go fishing, or camp at one of the four campsites, two of which are handicap accessible with prior notice to DEC. There are a number of scenic vistas throughout the site, especially along some of the trail spurs on either side of the pond.  The 31-acre pond is managed as a coldwater fishery with native and introduced trout species.

Location: Palmer Pond Rd, Chester
Parking and Directions:

Take the Northway to exit 25. Turn west on Route 8 and continue for approximately 6.7 miles, to Palmer Pond Rd.  Take a left on Palmer Pond Rd and continue to the end of the road for parking and the trailhead.

Google Maps directions
Trailhead Coordinates:  -73 52.65 43 39.33

accessible campsite

view of the pond from near the southern campsite

old stone foundation near the end of the trail


view of the pond from near the hand boat launc

campsite on the southern side of the pond

spring wildflowers

view along the trail

southern end of trail

southern end of the trail

Things to Do Nearby: The Palmer Pond Trail is part of the eight trail Chester Challenge, and many of the other challenge hikes are nearby. Loon Lake Beach, a free beach with swimming, picnicking, and a boat launch, is about a mile east of Palmer Pond Rd on route 8.  Or visit the Riparius train station, about a mile west of Palmer Pond Rd on Route 8.