|Sign says 435 acres, but DEC website says 446.5 acres|
If you have never stopped at Carter's Pond, I highly recommend it. The hiking trail is an even, well-maintained path, about one mile in length, at the southern portion of the 447 acres managed by the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation. It was completed in 1980. This portion is handicap accessible, & you can get a good view of the pond to the north from the "observation tower." You can get a detailed map HERE.
|Looking north at Carter Pond from observation tower|
|Looking east from observation tower|
As of 2002, Carter's Pond is also a Bird Conservation Area boasting over 100 species of birds, including geese, ducks, sparrows, pheasant, turkeys, warblers, heron, & water thrushes, just to name a few.
|Waterfowl Habitat Restoration sign at Carter's Pond|
|One of the many birdhouses in the wetlands|
|We only saw a few Canada Geese at Carter's Pond|
|The sun was bright & warm through the leafless threes|
|Trail marker at Carter's Pond|
|A beautiful patch of moss|
|Remember to leave only footprints|
In my office I have a copy of the Fresh Water Wetlands Preservation map outlining & approving the management area around Carter's Pond. The maps are signed by Paul J. Elston, First Deputy Commissioner of the DEC, under Ogden Reid, Commissioner. The documents are dated January 29, 1976.
|Northern portion of Crater's Pond 1976|
|Southern portion of Carter's Pond 1976|
|Close-up of scale for Carter's Pond map 1976|