East Indies Pond

New Marlborough, Massachusetts 1230

East Indies Pond

East Indies Pond Professional Review and Guide

"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."

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New Marlborough
Nearby City
Skill Level
Day use
Class I
Best spring through fall
Cookson State Forest
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Jul 2018