Wawayanda State Park: Laurel Pond Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"This is black bear territory, so be cautious— although they’ll usually scamper off as soon as they hear you. With the plentiful supply of berries and acorns these dense woods offer, the black bear grows from its birth weight of one pound to its adult weight of 300 pounds. Don’t feel cheated if you don’t spot a bear because there’s a lot more to enjoy while hiking the beautiful trails within Wawayanda State Park.
For openers, at the beginning of the hike there’s a fantastic view of Wawayanda Lake, a crystal-clear body of water covering 255 acres. You’ll also see the 40-foot-high remains of an iron furnace built in the nineteenth century; a cedar swamp; and Laurel Pond, which is both surface and spring-fed. The Wawayanda Lake dam empties directly into Laurel Pond. If you’re here during warm weather, plan on taking a refreshing dip at the end of the hike. Or relax on the sandy beach and watch sailboats and canoes drift by while fishermen wait patiently for a bite."