High Pond Trail

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High Pond Trail is a 4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Hubbardton, Vermont that features a lake. The trail is good for all skill levels offers a number of activity options.

DISTANCE
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
554 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

lake

views

no dogs

At the far northern tip of the Taconic Mountains, this unfragmented forest could serve as a stepping-stone for large mammals and other species moving between the Adirondacks and Green Mountains. It is theorized that such natural stepping-stones offer connectivity between large forested areas that are key to migrating species during an era of rapid climate change. The High Pond preserve includes open fields, pasture in various stages of re-growth, much forested land with a virgin hemlock stand, old mixed hardwoods, numerous wetlands, and a pristine 22.9-acre glacial pond inhabited by smallmouth bass. A number of mammals such as bobcat, fisher, and bear can be found at High Pond Preserve, as well as birds like the pileated woodpecker and the black-backed woodpecker. There is also an abundance of amphibians in the vernal pools and the ponds of the preserve.