This 132-acre property was added to the Lake George Land Conservancy portfolio in November 2014. A total of 1.5 miles of trails have been established and connect to trails on the Silver Bay YMCA property. Trails for Silver Bay YMCA can be found on their website. If you would like to hike their trails, they ask that you become a member of Silver Bay.
Owned by the Terzian Family for decades, this parcel was sold to LGLC after an overwhelmingly successful fundraising campaign. The project was the perfect example of a community effort and thanks to the neighbors of Sabbath Day Point and Silver Bay all the monies for acquisition and stewardship were raised in three short months! We are especially grateful to Silver Bay community member and now LGLC Board Member, Elizabeth Guest, who was instrumental in the support behind this project.
The acquisition of this property has allowed LGLC to ensure the protection of a Lake George tributary, create public access to beautiful forests and ridges, and provide habitat and refuge for the endangered timber rattlesnakes. If you see any snakes, please keep a safe distance and do NOT share its location with others (to keep the snakes and curious people safe from unnecessary encounters).
Distance And Terrain
This is a 1.5 mile moderate hike. While it is not an official DEC trailhead, anyone can reach the Terzian trail system through DEC State Forest land, which borders Lake Shore Drive (Rt 9N) and adjoins the Terzian Preserve. You will note that there is an old DEC trailhead post without a sign, 11.5 miles north of the intersection of Rt 9N/Lake Shore Drive and Rt 11 in Bolton (or 14.5 miles south of the Ticonderoga traffic circle). By entering there you will quickly come to a field (note: no motor vehicles past the field). At the far end of the field is a well-worn dirt road, which if you follow it will take you to our kiosk and the entrance to the preserve after approximately 0.3 miles.
Note that the road makes a right turn within 75 feet of the field (at a “T” intersection), then after some distance makes another sharp right turn, before making a sharp left turn, gradually bearing to the left (past the stream on your right) up a small hill to the kiosk and start of the LGLC-marked trails.
From the kiosk, the trail climbs gradually for 0.2 miles until it reaches the top of a knoll, then goes down to a small stream crossing. It goes up and over a small knoll, then down to a larger stream crossing. The trail follows the stream for a hundred feet, then makes a sharp turn to the right. The trail goes straight for 250 feet until it comes to a logging road. It makes a sharp left turn and climbs gradually for 0.75 miles, crossing our boundary line onto Silver Bay lands before descending gradually to Uncas Falls.
The intersection with the yellow trail to Uncas Cliff is at 1.0 mile (from the kiosk). The yellow trail is level for 250 feet, then makes a short, steep climb before leveling off and following the ridge to Uncas Cliff, with spectacular views of Lake George.
Use of the trail system beyond Uncas Falls is restricted to YMCA Silver Bay members only. For information about becoming a member of the YMCA, please visit silverbay.org.
Highlights And Key Points Along The Route
Includes lake views and waterfalls, hunting, snowshoeing, and xc-skiing.A habitat and refuge for timber rattlesnakes. Links to SIlver Bay YMCA trails. Use of the trail system beyond Uncas Falls is restricted to YMCA Silver Bay members only. For information about becoming a member of the YMCA, please visit silverbay.org.
Identify And Describe The Management Organization
The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) is a not-for-profit land trust that works solely within the Lake George watershed in the southeastern corner of New York's Adirondack Park.
The Terzian Woodlot preserve is open year-round, dawn to dusk.
Please stay on the marked trails.
Please be courteous of other preserve guests.
Please be cautious of timber rattlesnakes. Do NOT disturb.
No removal of plants or animals without permission. LGLC allows hunting at this preserve by permit only. Please call 518-644-9673 or email Warren Rosenthal for information. 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.
No camping, littering or fires.
Motorized or non-motorized recreational vehicles are NOT allowed.
Leashed dogs are permitted. Please clean up after your dog.
Please park only in the park’s designated areas.
Site is Child-friendly
Site is Pet-friendly