Cook’s Pond

Wednesday was a crisp, bright fall day. I took Lucy and Floki on a short, easy jaunt in the woods. We decided to explore GWLT’s Cook’s Pond.

We parked at GWLT’s Cascades trailhead on Olean Street. This is a nice level lot which could accommodate at least 6 cars. We crossed the street and headed towards the entry to Cook’s Pond.

The trail hugs the edge of Cook’s Pond. This pond was created in 1830 by Samuel Flagg. We traversed Flagg’s dam. To the right of the dam, there is a steep drop with a craggy waterfall. To the left, there are stunning views of the placid pond. On this day, the image of bright foliage was heightened by their copper, gold, and crimson reflections.

We passed a private beach and a secluded area with a family of mallard ducks. The heads of the males glimmered like living emeralds

The path led to Tory Fort Lane. After a few steps on pavement, we were back on the wooded trail. We were joined by a visitor. A nice, friendly poodle provided company for the next leg of our journey. I think that he lives nearby.

Swinging Oak

We passed a beautiful old oak tree. Its branches were festooned with ropes. It looks like people may set up swings during the warmer months.

We saw three men standing around up ahead. I waved, but they did not return my friendly gesture. We took this as a good sign to turn around. This is not a loop trail. Some of the lakefront is private property. So, we headed back.

Cook’s Pond is a pleasant hike. It is in the heart of a residential area, and you are seldom out of sight of signs of human habitation. But, if you are looking for an easy walk in the woods with lots of beautiful scenery, I recommend Cook’s Pond.

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