While canoeing or hiking see if you can spot Flagg Pond's unique plants and animals. View All
In a quiet corner of the Northeast Kingdom is Flagg Pond, a remote and wild place. Visitors are immediately struck that the shoreline is almost entirely undeveloped. The pond is very shallow with a maximum depth of only 6 feet. The shore consists of mats of grassy wetland and dense forest, the most important of which is the distinctive Northern white cedar swamp. There is a distinct and magical atmosphere within Northern white cedar swamps, with their shaggy cedar trees, soggy understory, sparse herbaceous plant layer and an array of luxuriant mosses and liverworts.
Vermont is home to some of the best examples of Northern white cedar swamp in the Northeastern United States. Flagg Pond's 70-acre cedar swamp is among the finest in the state. Though signs of limited logging can be seen, some cedars here are at least 150 years old.
The Conservancy worked for two decades before succeeding at protecting Flagg Pond in 2008.
Please read our Preserve Visitation Guidelines.
Five state-rare plant species such as the ram's head lady's slipper and hidden-fruited bladderwort thrive at Flagg Pond. Other rare species include swamp fly honeysuckle, fairy slipper, and dropping blue-grass. Many of the common species are equally beautiful such as balsam fir, dwarf raspberry, wood sorrel, starflower, stair step moss.
It is not uncommon to see osprey fishing the warm-water fishery, great blue heron patrolling the shoreline, beavers building their winter lodges or even black bears and their cubs foraging in the swamp.
From the town of Hardwick, take Rt. 15 east. Turn left on Rte. 16 and travel 6.5 miles, turning right on unmarked Gonyaw Hill Rd. In 2.0 miles, turn right on Flagg Pond Rd. Access is .2 miles ahead. Parking on left.