Relaxing one to two-hour scenic walks
Starting at the train station, walk up the stairs from the parking lot, then South on Main Street through downtown North Creek. Go over the hill past the bank to the 4-way stop intersection. Cross the road and you will come to the Tannery Pond Community Center and Johnsburg Town Hall/ Library. (.5 miles + approx. 15-20 minutes)
Bathrooms are accessible in the Tannery Pond Community Center.
Take the Carol A. Thomas Memorial Hiking Trail by walking between the Town Hall and North Creek. Walk the length of the dirt parking lot and follow the trail upstream along North Creek. You will come to a suspended pedestrian bridge and underpass. There are a number of benches along the trail to rest on and admire the stream side environment. (.2 miles + approx. 5-10 minutes)
Continue on the trail until you arrive at a roadway and parking area adjacent to the town pond and pavilion. (.13 miles + 5-10 min.)
There are three destinations located within a few minutes of this location.
Walk over to the pavilion by the pond and enjoy the waterside park. (.1 miles + <5 min.)
Walk up the roadway on the right to visit the Community Garden and Ski Bowl Park facilities. (.1 miles + < 5 min.)
Continue hiking on the Schaefer Trail to the top of the Ski Bowl and small chair lift (Village Lift). (.4 miles + 15-20 min.)
Take the side cut trail up the grassy slope, cross the paved road then walk through the 5 ft. gateway in the fence. Within 100 ft. you will come to a kiosk with a register book. Sign in. Follow the trail through a blueberry meadow then into a hemlock and spruce forest. Continue on the shaded path along the tiny stream until you reach an old roadway. Take a right on the roadway and follow it 600 ft. to the large opening and ski lift at the top of the Ski Bowl.
Trail descriptions provided by Steve Ovitt, Wilderness Property Management Inc.