Water Trails of Western Massachusetts
by Charles W. G. Smith (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
© Charles W. G. Smith/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.
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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