Thompson Pond Preserve

Pine Plains, New York 12567

Thompson Pond Preserve

Thompson Pond Preserve Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The pond and surrounding wetlands of this excellent family hike are a National Natural Landmark where golden eagles and king rails nest."

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Hiking New York's Lower Hudson Valley (Falcon Guides)
Randi Minetor
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"Circle a 15,000-year-old glacial kettle lake and discover a hidden wetland at the base of Stissing Mountain. Back when North America was beginning to warm up toward the end of the last ice age (about 15,000 years ago), a massive chunk of glacial ice scooped out a depression in an area west of today’s Pine Plains. As the ice chunk melted, it filled the depression and created a sizable body of water. Time and erosion have divided this single body into Twin Island Lake, Stissing Pond, and Thompson Pond. The Nature Conservancy protects Thompson Pond, providing recreational access to this unusual kettle pond and its abundant plant and animal life." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: Hudson River Valley (Falcon Guides)
Randi Minetor
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"Circle a 15,000-year-old glacial kettle lake and discover a hidden wetland at the base of Stissing Mountain. Back when North America was beginning to warm up toward the end of the last Ice Age, a massive chunk of glacial ice scooped out a depression in an area west of today’s Pine Plains. As the ice chunk melted, it filled the depression and created a sizable body of water. Time and erosion have divided this single body into Twin Island Lake, Stissing Pond, and Thompson Pond—and the Nature Conservancy protects Thompson Pond, providing us with recreational access to this unusual kettle pond and its abundance of plant and animal life." Read more

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Trail Information

Pine Plains
Nearby City
Kid-friendly
Accessibility
3
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
2 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Hiking, Birding, Cross Country Skiing
Additional Use
Waterfalls
Features
USGS Pine Plains
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Dec 2018