Plainfield Pond

Plainfield, Massachusetts

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This pond perches high on the Berkshire Plateau, surrounded by gorgeous forests. This is a great place to study trees, shrubs, and aquatic plants. Large granite slabs on the pond’s north end add a scenic quality.
Quiet Water Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island: AMC's Canoe and Kayak Guide, 3rd Edition

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Quiet Water Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island: AMC's Canoe and Kayak Guide, 3rd Edition

by Alex Wilson & John Hayes (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

This pond perches high on the Berkshire Plateau, surrounded by
gorgeous forests. This is a great place to study trees, shrubs, and
aquatic plants. Large granite slabs on the pond’s north end add a scenic quality.

©  Alex Wilson & John Hayes/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Plainfield
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Class: Class I
Season: Spring through Fall
Local Contacts: Camping at Savoy Mountain State Forest, Clarksburg State Park, Mount Greylock State Reservation, Mohawk Trail State Forest
Local Maps: Massachusetts Atlas & Gazetteer, Map 21: M28; USGS Ashfield
Driving Directions: Directions to Plainfield Pond

Recent Trail Reviews

7/6/2009
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Plainfield Pond is located in the Berkshire Plateau Region. There is very easy access from the roadside parking. Thick stands of shrubs line the pond; mostly highbush blueberry and mountain laurel. Granite slabs abound along the shore and create several small “islands”. Numerous freshwater mussels as well as empty shells can be found around several of these islands- the leftovers from otters and birds. The water is clear and one can see the nesting areas of bluegills in northern end of the pond which does get “marshy”. One can explore this secluded marsh for about 100 yards. Kingfishers, phoebes, flycatchers, and pine warblers, and a beaver were observed.



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