East Indies Pond

New Marlborough, Massachusetts

0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars
0 Reviews
0 out of 5
The New England expression “You can’t get there from here” pretty much describes the journey to East Indies Pond. There are no maintained roads to the pond, just a web of nameless trails and woods roads that weave through the forest. The closest maintained road is more than a mile away. The resulting isolation and solitude make this pond one of the most beautiful places in the Northeast, but it takes determination to get there. East Indies Pond is about a half-mile southeast of Thousand Acre Swamp and occupies the southwest portion of a narrow basin about 1,500 feet above sea level. The remainder of the basin holds an extensive marsh south of the pond and a very large covered bog called Wolf Swamp to the northeast. Just north of the pond is Mill Pond, a small shallow body of water that was the reservoir for the water power that ran a nearby sawmill. Surrounding the pond and its associated basin are a number of forested hills, with rounded summits that rise about 100 feet above the pond. The solitude of East Indies Pond is a magnet to wildlife, offering habitat to a diverse collection of species. The pond also is endowed with a rare natural beauty that is restorative and enchanting to all those who visit.
Water Trails of Western Massachusetts

DESCRIPTION FROM:

Water Trails of Western Massachusetts

by Charles W. G. Smith (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

The New England expression “You can’t get there from here” pretty much describes the journey to East Indies Pond. There are no maintained roads to the pond, just a web of nameless trails and woods roads that weave through the forest. The closest maintained road is more than a mile away. The resulting isolation and solitude make this pond one of the most beautiful places in the Northeast, but it takes determination to get there.

East Indies Pond is about a half-mile southeast of Thousand Acre Swamp and occupies the southwest portion of a narrow basin about 1,500 feet above sea level. The remainder of the basin holds an extensive marsh south of the pond and a very large covered bog called Wolf Swamp to the northeast. Just north of the pond is Mill Pond, a small shallow body of water that was the reservoir for the water power that ran a nearby sawmill. Surrounding the pond and its associated basin are a number of forested hills, with rounded summits that rise about 100 feet above the pond. The solitude of East Indies Pond is a magnet to wildlife, offering habitat to a diverse collection of species. The pond also is endowed with a rare natural beauty that is restorative and enchanting to all those who visit.

©  Charles W. G. Smith/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: New Marlborough
Distance: 0.8
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day use
Class: Class I
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Cookson State Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to East Indies Pond

Recent Trail Reviews

There are no reviews for this trail.

Trail Photos

Keep Me Informed

Weekly newsletters, announcements and offers from Trails.com to your inbox.

Sign me up!

We HATE spam and promise to keep your email addresses safe and secure.

Activity Feed

Apr 2018