Many years ago, I remember bringing my daughter to Ann Lee Pond to check out the aquatic life and go for a walk. After checking out some geese and turtles, we made our way to the trails, only to find that the boardwalk over the water was in disrepair. I recently saw that a new bridge had been constructed, so we decided to check it out.
Ann Lee Pond is very close to Albany International Airport, and is easy to find.
There is plenty of parking, right near the pond.
After checking out the pond by the parking lot, we headed to the trails.
We did not see a trail map anywhere, and we mostly wanted to get to the bridge over the pond, and we ended up backtracking to get there. This is totally not the kind of place you could get lost, but it would be nice if there was a map to look at.
There are trail markers around the pond, but we just weren’t sure what trails went where.
After walking on the trail for a little while, we came to the bridge. Remember how I said last time we were here, the bridge was collapsing into the water? There it is, to the right of the new bridge.
We headed out over the bridge, and saw some Sun Fish and a very large snapping turtle.
I don’t think we walked more than a mile on the trails, and it was an easy walk through the woods.
Check out Ann Lee Pond at https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/83794.html
Check out the list of other trails we have hiked in the Capital Region here.
What a peaceful spot to walk. I know I’d like it here. It looks like a great place to read a book too.
I really want to explore more of upstate New York. We’ve mostly stayed in Manhattan when we visit but I know there’s so much more to see in the state.
Looks so lovely and relaxing! I miss not being afraid to go to public places, but this too shall pass.
Wow looks so incredibly relaxing
I wish I had something like this near me! Looks like the perfect place to relax.
Thanks for sharing! This would be the perfect day trip for my family and I.
It looks like a very beautiful place to walk! I always love seeing turtles and fish at the lake near us.
I hope this place can still be open to the public after this pandemic crisis. Thank you for sharing this with us.
I love places like this. The perfect spot to get a good dose of nature and reconnect with Mother Earth.
Such a great way to unwind and enjoy nature. I love that view from the bridge. So calming.
That looks like a beautiful place to visit. I love going to parks and such like this. That has an amazing view too.
What a great place to get outdoors. Looks so peaceful!
I’m going back to NY next year. I’m going to visit this place thanks for sharing 🙂
What a beautiful and peaceful place! My husband would love it!
What a beautiful park. I love seeing the baby fern fronds, I’ve been photographing them here in Canada too.
Beautiful park great for hike, missing all those hikes, and walks, May be after this we will try to make a trip. Your pictures are beautiful .
It looks amazing! So relaxing..i love long walks..
we have parks like this and i am waiting to drive up to them so we can hike there soon.. need to check which ones are open now..
and always love those bridges
Wow this looks like such a gorgeous place!
It looks like a lovely walk. I didn’t realize there were so many deciduous trees in that part of New York!