3-Mile Crooked Pond Nature Hike to the Truman Capote Stone
Of the thirteen coastal plain ponds that make the Long Pond Greenbelt such a unique natural area, seventeen-acre Crooked Pond is the crème de la crème, acknowledged as the best occurrence of a coastal plain pond in the Greenbelt and possibly in all of New York State. Its water quality tops the charts of all the Greenbelt ponds. And with seventy-five percent of its shoreline undeveloped, its pond edge has suffered minimal habitat loss or disturbance.
The pond’s unusual amoeba-like, or “crooked,” shape results from a peninsula that juts from the eastern shore forcing the pond to zigzag around it. The complicated, jagged shape creates a slew of micro-habitats that foster remarkable ecological diversity. At the tip of the peninsula sits a small island that extends and complicates its bisecting effect.