Gates Pond

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Gates Pond is a 2.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Berlin, Massachusetts that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.4 miles
88 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly

cross country skiing


horseback riding


trail running




13 days ago

This may as well be a dog park. Even though there are trash barrels provided, the majority of dog-walkers still do not pick up after their dogs. Or they do but then leave the bag of poop on the trail...

I don't mind well trained dogs running off leash but the entrance clearly states dogs *must* be leashed and few listen. Everyone seems to think their dog is a brilliant exception to the rules yet maintain little or no control of their pup.

Be prepared to be jumped on and sniffed/followed to the point that it's annoying. You won't get to see much of the beautiful pond views or look for barred owls; you'll be too busy looking out where you step. Don't bother trying to run or bike here. This used to be a great place to get some daily fresh air & exercise but a few irresponsible/inconsiderate users have ruined it for the rest.

6 months ago

Very nice. Done have not picked up after their pets. Otherwise, easy and very pleasant.

7 months ago

This was a pretty walk, not too strenuous. Pretty pond, wildlife, tons of Pumpkinseed Sunfish. I passed by 8 dogs and owners and not one was leashed except my own dog.

7 months ago

Love walking this loop and the few small hills. Very disappointed with animal owners for leaving pet waste, both dog and horse. Seems to be getting worse as the summer progresses No excuse for this. Multiple containers located along trail and signs are posted throughout the trail. Why can't people be responsible?

8 months ago

Great place to walk. Pretty easy with some mildly inclined stretches. Nearly 100% of the walk has water views. Unfortunately fair amount of dog waste is not picked up by owners which detracts from beauty if the area especially closer to the parking area. Fairly popular location.

9 months ago

Love this place and so does my dog!!!

11 months ago

This was a great trail! It loops around the pond and it's a beautiful spot! I got a decent exercise from the 2+ miles and a few hills! Great place to walk your dog in the metro west area! :)

11 months ago

very scenic and fairly easy walk. can get a tad busy.

11 months ago

Sunday, January 08, 2017

It has a few small hills, wonderful views of the lake and some side trails. The dogs had a blast romping in the snow and even made a friend we hiked around the whole loop with. All the dogs we came across were off leash so if your dog doesn't do well in that situation, I wouldn't recommend it. We hiked around in the fresh snow which made it a little more strenuous. Lots of other folks had cramp ons, snow shoes and cross county skis. 2.4 miles to the tee--a perfect little outing when short on time, daylight or energy--we all got in the right amount of work out.

trail running
Sunday, January 08, 2017

Nice loop around a pond. Easy terrain makes it great for running though not as interesting if you're looking for a hike. Dog friendly with lax leash regulations. Garbage cans out for folks to throw out their dog doo though I wish people made better use of them.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Beautiful trail, easy and peaceful. Unfortunately, too many unleashed dogs.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

This is a good walk. Nice and open as well as shaded. Very peaceful. We have a dog and liked that there were trash barrels located around for easy disposal.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

like it a lot. it's pretty much all shaded but to much animal poop

Saturday, March 26, 2016

A relaxing hike and peaceful surrounding.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

It was an alright path, the beginning kind of has a lot of dog doo doo but it seems popular

Monday, March 14, 2016

It was nice. Brought a 4 year old and a 6 year old and it wasn't too far for either of them.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Nice, quiet and clean. 2.5 mile loop

Sunday, February 28, 2016

No reason not to visit.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

This is a really nice, easy loop with beautiful pond views throughout.

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