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Distance:
0.3 Miles / 0.5 km
Type:
Loop
Difficulty:
Easy
Time to Hike:
~9 minutes
Features:
Surface Type:
Dirt
Park:
Sugar Hill State Forest
Town:
Watkins Glen, New York
Directions:
42.401355, -77.009286
Added:
February 25, 2024
Updated:
February 29, 2024
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15 '

Total Change
22 '

Ascent
22 '

Descent

Spencer Pond Loop at Sugar Hill State Forest near Tyrone, New York is an easy 0.3-mile loop walk that features scenic views of the pond and a backpacking campsite.

Walk
This very short walk begins at the northwest corner of Spencer Pond, located at the parking coordinates provided, and loops clockwise around Spencer Pond. Throughout the entire walk, you'll find scenic views of the pond especially when facing east, south, and north since to the west is a private residence and public road.

Campsite - Mile 0.05
On the north side of Spencer Pond is a campsite tucked away in a pine tree grove where backpackers can setup camp for the night. The campsite even has its own privy. If camping, please follow all state forest rules and regulations.

After exploring the campsite pine tree grove, the loop continues around Spencer Pond to head back toward parking. During the Winter, the south side of Spencer Pond can be covered in a thick layer of ice, as this section of the forest appears to seep water down into the pond along the sloping hill. During warm months, that part of the trail is likely muddy and wet. During the Winter, it's an ice sheet -- either way, watch where you step to avoid either getting your feet wet or sliding on ice, depending on the season.

Finally, the trail loops back to parking to complete this easy, but scenic 0.3-mile walk.

Parking
Hikers will find a very small parking turnout located at the coordinate provided along the east side of Tower Hill Road near Tyrone, NY.

Warning
Muddy / wet section: This loop trail includes at least one water drainage section that is generally very very wet -- this section is located ~50 feet east of the parking area / trailhead. If you wish to visit the pond without getting your feet wet, walk this loop counter-clockwise and plan to walk it as an out-and-back to bypass the water-soaked ground.

Explore 82 trails near Watkins Glen, NY
  1. Parking

    42.401355, -77.009286
  2. Main Trailhead

    42.401417, -77.009262
  3. Campsite (#37)

    42.401664, -77.008469
    Campsite (#37)
  4. View of Spencer Pond

    42.401219, -77.007675
    View of Spencer Pond
  5. View of Spencer Pond

    42.400742, -77.008889
    View of Spencer Pond
  6. View of Spencer Pond

    42.400797, -77.009147
    View of Spencer Pond
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0.3 miles / 0.5 km
Trail added
February 25, 2024
Hiked on
February 25, 2024
Updated on
February 29, 2024
0.3 miles / 0.5 km
February 25, 2024
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