Adirondack Hiking Trails:
Long Pond Trail
Pick up this scenic half-mile backcountry hiking trail from the Black Pond Trail or the Jenkins Mountain Trail. Long Pond is a 14-acre pond just north of Black Pond. Like its neighbor Black Pond, it is managed for native heritage brook trout by the Department of Environmental Conservation. Both ponds contain native strain brook trout, and use of baitfish is prohibited. Long Pond is one of a number of Adirondack ponds named Long Pond.
The southern terminus of the Long Pond Trail begins at the northern tip of Black Pond, near the dam. The trail skirts Long Pond, providing lovely views of this small pond and the wetlands that border it, then passes a lean-to before ending at the Jenkins Mountain Trail. Camping is prohibited but picnicking is allowed.
The well-shaded, narrow trail takes you through mixed wood forests, mainly conifer, with Balsam Fir and Red Maple dominating. Look for Goldthread, Partridgeberry, Whorled Wood Aster, and Bunchberry on the shady forest floor, growing near wood ferns, Haircap Moss, and clubmosses, such as Northern Ground Cedar.
The trail is narrow and rough in places. Hiking boots are recommended.