Savoy Mountain State Forest encompasses more than 10,000 acres on the northwesterly edge of the Berkshire Plateau. Within its substantial forests are scenic ponds, a spacious campground, low rolling hills, and abundant wildlife, especially bears. When people visit they gravitate toward the campground and the two nearby ponds, North Pond and South Pond. Both are beautiful and fun to explore, yet neither is the most fascinating pond in Savoy Mountain State Forest. That honor belongs to Bog Pond, a unique montage of floating peat-moss islands on a canvas of dark tannic water channels.
The pond is at an elevation of 1,860 feet and is nearly surrounded by rounded hills that range from about 1,900 feet to 2,200 feet. The only low area is to the northwest, where a shallow valley leads to South and North Ponds a short distance away. The hills of lush forest boast black bear, moose, bobcat, fox, coyote, and much more. There is even a chance you’ll see a llama peering at you through the underbrush. Yes, a llama.
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