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Little Long Pond - West Meadow

Little Long Pond can also be explored by starting on the west side of the pond. The west side has grassy carriage roads and a large, expansive meadow where your dog can run off-leash if within your sight and under voice control. [You might even want to bring a tennis ball with you!] To reach the area from Seal Harbor, drive west on Route 3. The parking lot is marked with a sign and is located on the right side of Route 3, about .3 miles past the entrance gate for the east (boathouse) side of the pond. [See map page 40, lower left]. The lot has room for only 12 cars, so you might consider taking the Island Explorer (page 15) if you are visiting during the summer months.

As you drive into the circular parking lot, a gravel path will be on the right (east) side of the circle. This is start of the Friends Path. As you follow this path, you will soon reach a grassy carriage road. If you like, you can take this carriage road to the left and explore the maze of carriage roads in this area by referring to the map on page 40. We prefer to continue straight and follow the Friends Path. [If you were to take a right, you would reach Route 3.]

Sign for Friends PathAfter following the Friends Path for about 5 minutes you will be in an open area and here the path forks. The signs direct you left to the west meadow or right (via stone steps) to the south (Route 3) end of Little Long Pond. Here, we like to go left towards the west meadow. As you walk, signs are posted asking you to stay on the path in order to protect the fragile moss which is growing on the flat rocks. In about 5 more minutes you will reach a wide, intersecting trail. Take a right onto this trail and head down the hill to the main carriage road. When you reach the carriage road, turn right. As you walk, you will notice an entry path to the west meadow on your left. Once in the meadow, your dog can run or just roll in the grass and you can enjoy the view over the pond towards the boathouse. It makes a perfect picture and is a nice place to stop and sit.

After relaxing, you and your dog can return to the carriage road and continue walking towards the left and the south end of the pond. In about 5 minutes, you will reach stone steps on your right. The Friends Path sign here will direct you up the steps and to where the path had originally forked. This time at the fork, you would take the Friends Path that leads you back to the parking lot.

Note for shuttle bus travelers: If you and your dog are traveling to Little Long Pond on the Island Explorer and would like to visit the west meadow, ask the bus driver to let you off at the entrance gate that leads into Little Long Pond. After you enter the gate, turn to your left and follow the carriage road around the end of the pond until you see a sign on your right for the wooded entrance to the David & Neva Trail. Turn right onto the trail and after a 5 minute walk through the woods, you will reach stone steps that lead up to the west meadow. To return, retrace your steps to reach the gate area.

All chapters in the book include an easy to follow map.