Gates Pond

Berlin, Massachusetts

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Finding a lake left in its natural state is rare indeed here in eastern Massachusetts. Here’s a pond that doesn’t have a single cottage on its shoreline, and the trail that circles it is open for all to enjoy. Gates Pond is a reservoir, managed by the Hudson Department of Public Works, and the only activities allowed are hiking and cross-country skiing. (Hudson and Berlin residents may apply for special fishing permits.) Located just off Route 495 in Berlin, Gates Pond is easily accessible yet remains something of a secret. I’ve often hiked around the pond in the evening on my way home from business meetings in New Hampshire. The walk around the pond takes about forty-five minutes to an hour—just enough time to help you unwind after a busy day. Highlights: Circular loop walk around pond.
Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts

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Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts

by Michael Tougias (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Finding a lake left in its natural state is rare indeed here in eastern Massachusetts. Here’s a pond that doesn’t have a single cottage on its shoreline, and the trail that circles it is open for all to enjoy. Gates Pond is a reservoir, managed by the Hudson Department of Public Works, and the only activities allowed are hiking and cross-country skiing. (Hudson and Berlin residents may apply for special fishing permits.)

Located just off Route 495 in Berlin, Gates Pond is easily accessible yet remains something of a secret. I’ve often hiked around the pond in the evening on my way home from business meetings in New Hampshire. The walk around the pond takes about forty-five minutes to an hour—just enough time to help you unwind after a busy day. Highlights: Circular loop walk around pond.

©  Michael Tougias/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Berlin
Distance: 2.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Best spring thru fall
Local Contacts: Hudson Department of Public Works
Driving Directions: Directions to Gates Pond

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