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Goose Pond Reservation is managed as a wilderness area, yet is accessibly located in the heart of the Berkshires. The 2 mile trail steadily climbs nearly 300 feet from the parking lot to the crest at 1,753 feet. Exploring the wooded ridge, you can catch glimpses of Lower Goose Pond, a mountain lake anchored by steep slopes. The lake and its surrounding forest are adjacent to conservation land owned and managed by the National Park Service, which contains a section of the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail.
What makes Goose Pond a special place?
The hike up the two-mile trail is strenuous in places, as it climbs nearly 300 feet to the ridge at an elevation of 1,753 feet. Exploring the ridge, you catch glimpses of Lower Goose Pond, a mountain lake anchored by steep ridgelines, that also supports a remote section of the Appalachian Trail as it passes through parts of Massachusetts on its 2,100-mile journey from Georgia to Maine. The lake and its surrounding forest are adjacent to conservation land owned and managed by the National Park Service.
We are grateful to the Lee Land Trust for providing access to Goose Pond Reservation with their parking lot on Route 20 and the 2 mi. trail which climbs upward from there.
When to Visit
Open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1 hour upon arrival.