Loons, river otter and more View All
The Conservancy manages 1,500 feet of shoreline around this remote, undeveloped 99-acre pond. Long Pond is surrounded by a northern hardwood forest and includes habitat for such birds as the common loon and mammals like the river otter and bobcat.
Long Pond Natural Area includes a Vermont Fish and Wildlife fishing access, paddock Hill Trail and unmarked logging roads. There are no facilities.
Please read our Preserve Visitation Guidelines.
Long Pond is surrounded by a northern hardwood forest composed of sugar maple, red maple, yellow birch, American beech, balsam fir, white and red spruce and white ash. The understory includes hophornbeam, striped maple and a few old yellow birches. The most important ecological feature is a mature northern white cedar swamp on either side of Sawmill Brook at the south end of the pond. The dense canopy of cedar is broken occasionally by large white spruce. There are a number of sedges found in the area including sweet gale, leatherleaf and speckled adler.
Birds include common loon, 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. You'll also find such mammals as mink, snowshore hare, red-backed vole, long-tailed weasel, river otter, bobcat, porcupine and moose.
Directions for the trail:
From Greensboro, take Cemetery Ridge Rd. pas the post office onto Garvin Hill Rd., for about 3 miles. At the Y junction, bear left on Hill Rd. In about 0.5 mile, bear right onto Hillcrest Rd. Go 0.75 mile and turn left on Tamarack Ranch Rd. There is an old converted schoolhouse on the right-hand corner. Tamarack Ranch Rd. becomes a rough woods road requiring a high-clearance vehicle. Drive in as far as you feel comfortable, avoiding right-hand turns. Park on the roadside and walk on until you reach the Conservancy trail sign-in box. The Paddock Hill Trail begins here, uphill to your right. For the trail to the pond's north shore, walk past the sign-in box (on your right) for a few yards, turning left at a signpost with markers.
Directions to the Pond's west shore:
To access the cedar swamp and pond, from the center of Greensboro, take Wilson St. north for 0.1 miles. Bear right at the Greensboro Town Hall onto Laredon Ave./Baker Hill Rd./Town Highway #8. You will see Long Pond Road on your right after 4.5 miles. Park along Town Highway #8 and walk down Long Pond Road. Canoes can be launched at the road's end, but the put-in is a long carry.