Around the Pond – .9 mi
Trailhead GPS: Coordinates N42.0376 W74.7436
Getting There: From the east exit State Route 17 at Exit 96W and turn right on DeBruce Road. Drive to the T intersection and turn right on Old Rt 17 toward Roscoe. Drive 1.3 miles to Beaverkill Road on the right. Exit State Route 17 at Exit 96E and turn right on White Roe Lake Road. Drive to the T intersection and turn right on Old Rt 17. Drive 1.2 miles to Beaverkill Road on the right. Turn right on Beaverkill Road and drive 10.8 miles to Barkaboom Road on the left. Turn left on Barkaboon Road and drive to the access road to Little Pond State Campgrounds on the left. Turn left and drive up the access road to the gatehouse and pay the day use fee. Drive to the parking area near the bathhouses and park there. NOTE: The access road to the campgrounds is closed when the campgrounds is closed. You may park at the bottom of the hill at the start of the access road but this will add almost 2 miles and several nudged feet of elevation gain to your hike.
Difficulty: This hike is rated EASY because it is relatively short and almost flat.
Trail Surface: The trail surface consists of pavement in some places and flat, smooth gravel in others.
Hike Description: To start the hike walk toward the bathhouses to pick up the trail that runs along the eastern shore of the pond. This path is paved in places and covered with crushed stone the rest of the way. Continue to follow this path visiting the beach or lookout platform if you want. As you near the upper outlet end of the pond, you will cross several bridges over some streams. You will also find the yellow blazed Little Pond Trail which turns to the right. Stay to the left and continue around the pond until the path turns slightly to the left and crosses the outlet dam. There is a nice view of the pond and Cabot Mountain from the walkway over the dam. Continue a little farther until you are back at your car.