Thompson Pond Preserve

Park Overview:

A nature preserve that encompasses a glacial bog-pond with a diverse wealth of fauna and flora.

Trail Uses:Hiking, X-C skiing
Dogs:No dogs
Trail Miles:4 miles
Park Acreage:507 acres
Pine Plains/Dutchess/NY
Buy Book:New York Walk Book

Park Description:

Thompson Pond was formed as the glacial ice melted 15,000 years ago. Today it is a thriving ecosystem of marsh, swamp, forest, and pond. A stopover for migratory birds, it also hosts almost 400 different plant species. The pond and its surroundings have been preserved by the Nature Conservancy and are designated a National Natural Landmark. See also Stissing Mountain Multiple Use Area.

Trails Overview:

A yellow blazed trail circles the pond. There are several side trails. Maps are available at a register box 300 yards up the trail. 


In Pine Plains, head south on NY 82 to a right turn onto Lake Rd. Trailhead is 1.5 miles on the left.

Contact Information:The Nature Conservancy, Thompson Pond
Region:Dutchess County