Up Yonda Series  LbNA # 24199

Placed DateJul 16 2006
LocationBolton Landing, NY
Planted Byceltuscan    
Last Found Jul 5 2016
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Author: Celtuscan
Location: Up Yonda Farm
Route 9n, 1.1 Miles North Of Bolton Landing
Bolton Landing, NY (United States) [MapQuest] [Yahoo! Maps] [Google Maps]
Hike Length: 2.0 miles

Status: Sugar House — active (Last found: Never)
Butterfly Garden — active (Last found: Never)
Federal Hill Cemetery — active (Last found: Never)
Up Yonda Vista — active (Last found: Never)

Up Yonda Farm was donated to Warren County by long time Bolton Landing residents Alice and John Scott. Over the years, the Scotts took pride in caring for the grounds of Up Yonda. Their intent was to create an environment where visitors could learn while enjoying nature. Today, Up Yonda Farm is operated by the Warren County Parks and Recreation.
The name "Up Yonda" comes from Dr. Willie Meyer who referred to the farm as his place "up yonda" during the early 1900's. Alice's mother, Anna DeJonge purchased the property in 1932 and later sold it to Alice in 1945. The DeJonge family was from Staten Island, where they owned a paint pigment company.
John Scott was from Ontario, Canada. He met Alice while visiting his sister, Helen Hamilton, who lived in the Bolton area. John and Alice spent many years together at Up Yonda Farm. They ran a tourist cabin business, raised chickens, and operated an egg business. The Scott's were both real estate brokers and maintained beautiful perennial and vegetable gardens.
A mutual respect for Up Yonda led them to donate the property and a trust fund to Warren County. Their wish was to transform Up Yonda Farm into an Environmental Education Center.

Up Yonda Farm in on Route 9N in Bolton, about 1.1 miles north of the town of Bolton Landing.

Park in the designated parking area. You can stop by the shack if it is open and pick up a map and some information on the farm. Pay your $3 parking fee here, or at the main house.


Walk Northeast to the White House, and start on the Base Loop Trail that goes to the left side of the house. Continue down the Base Loop Trail until you get to the Sugar House on the left. (This is where there are Maple Syrup demonstrations in the spring (usually March); kids can tap trees, and see the sap be boiled into syrup, as well as tasting the delicious fresh syrup). At the Sugar House, take a left onto the Sugar Trail and continue for 25 paces (2 steps= 1 pace). On the left, there is a large evergreen with a large boulder next to it. What you're looking for is behind the boulder.

Return to the Base Loop Trail.

Continue north on the base loop trail, and soon you will see the Butterfly Garden. Behind the garden, there is a "photo opportunity", and some adirondack chairs where you can rest. While at the adirondack chairs, look north and see a cut stump, about 2' across. Your treasure is located just behind the stump.

You can enjoy the butterfly garden, and then when you're ready, continue up the base loop trail to the northwest.


Continue on the Base Loop trail, following the orange diamond trail markers, and cross a wooden bridge that takes a righty twist. Take a right at the sign towards the Green Trail. Continue twisty turny past the bench (sit awhile if you have the inkling). and then pass a triple tree trunk on the right.
Again, take a right at the signs to continue on the Green Trail.

At the next set of signs, take a right to the Summit Trail Extention, and continue to the Summit, taking the signs to the Cemetery Spur Trail. This will lead you to the back entrance to the Federal Hill Cemetery. Go due North across the cemetery to "Sally Barber's" headstone. Then, go due East to Mrs. Lucy Murch. From Lucy, go Northeast to Abigail and Moses Winter, and while looking at Abigail and Moses, see the triple tree directly ahead of you. about 5 paces. Your goal is in the limbs of the triple tree trunk.

Return the way you came into the cemetery and take a right at the Summit Trail Extension, and continue down the summit trail to the Lake George Vista. Enjoy the view. While at the vista and the photo of the vista, go 25 paces at 220 degrees. There will be 7 trees together (4 large, 1 medium, 2 small). Southeast of these trees, about 10' away there will be a fallen, mossy log. The final treasure is hidden under the log.

You can return to the parking lot via any of the trails, or down the Field Traverse in front of you.

When you're at the bottom, don't forget to look into the museum and see if there's any informational program going on in the auditorium. You can also watch the birds in the bird sanctuary area next to the museum, look for toads in the pond, or have a picnic under the pavillion (remember to carry out any trash you might have taken in).

NOTE: Before you set out you must read and agree to the Waiver of Responsibility and Disclaimer.