Clear Pond Loop Trail


Clear Pond is good-sized at 35 acres. The trail covers 1.4 miles, from the trailhead, making a loop around the shore of Clear Pond, and returning to the trailhead. This includes 0.3 miles of the Long Pond Trail, which is an excellent way of adding more ponds. This area is famous for how remote, yet accessible, these quiet ponds are.

This is a charming hike, without much elevation change. This is an area of low, rolling hills covered with forest. It is part of a network of pond hikes in the area. Look for Rock Pond Trail where it crosses 0.3 miles from the Clear Pond Parking Area. This trail extends 2.2 miles to the Pickettville Road for an alternative route for pickup.


From Piercefield, head south on Wood Ave toward Waller St for 0.1 miles, and follow NY-3 W and NY-56 N for 23.0 miles, to Stark Road in Colton. Then take Joe Indian Road, then White Hill Road, the Clear Pond Parking Area, 13.6 miles further.

Look for the Clear Pond Parking Area.


This large pond is stocked with brook trout, while bullhead also inhabit the pond. There's a firm, sandy, bottom for much of the shoreline and shore fishing is good.

Clear Pond is the only pond in the area large enough for it to be worthwhile to portage the trail with a lightweight craft.


There is an ADA-compliant hand launch on the northeastern shore usable by people with mobility disabilities. A nearby picnic site and campsite are also ADA compliant.

Please note

The use of baitfish is prohibited on Clear Pond.


The shores of Clear Pond has four designated tent sites, and one accessible campsite.