Long Pond Natural Area - The Nature Conservancy

The Conservancy manages 1,500 feet of shoreline around this 99-acre remote, undeveloped pond surrounded by a softwood and northern hardwood forest. The most important ecological feature at Long Pond is a 30-acre northern white cedar swamp at the south end. The old logging roads on the property make good hiking trails. A northern hardwood forest surrounds the pond. This woodland is composed of sugar maple, red maple, yellow birch, American beech, balsam fir, white and red spruce and white ash. The understory includes hophornbeam and striped maple. A few large old individual yellow birches still persist. The mature northern white cedar swamp at the south end of the pond on either side of Sawmill Brook is the most extensive of several wetlands in the area. The dense canopy of cedar is broken occasionally by large white spruce. Flanking the brook is an open, narrow sedge-shrub swamp with sweet gale, leather leaf, speckled alder and a variety of sedges. There are several rare plant species on the property. Long Pond is a rich haven for fauna. A few of the birds documented here include the common loon, flycatcher, great blue heron, mallard and black duck, red-tailed hawk, bald eagle, osprey, American kestrel, pileated woodpecker, hermit thrush, purple finch and black-throated green warbler. Mammals like the mink, snowshoe hare, red-backed vole, long-tailed weasel, river otter, bobcat, porcupine and moose also find their way to Long Pond.

Directions From Willey's General Store in Greensboro Village, take Garvin Hill Road for about three miles until you come to a "Y". Bear left on Hill Road and, after about half a mile, bear right onto Hillcrest Road. Go three-quarters of a mile, then take a left onto Tamarack Ranch Road, as it's called in the Vermont Gazetteer. There is an old converted schoolhouse on the right-hand corner and then a homestead on the left. After that, it becomes a rough woods road. To drive in, you need a high clearance vehicle. Drive in as far as you are comfortable, avoiding right-hand turns. Park on the side of the road and walk in straight until you come to the Conservancy trail sign-in box. Paddock Hill Trail begins here, uphill to your right. To access the cedar swamp and the pond itself, follow the directions above. After taking the left on Hill Road, continue straight. Go about a mile until you reach the unmarked Vermont Fish and Wildlife fishing access road on the pond on the right. Park your car along Hill Road and walk down the unmarked road. Canoes may be launched from this point, but the put-in is a long carry from Hill Road.