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Berkshires

Goose Pond Reservation

Lee

112 acres

Managed as a wilderness area, this reservation protects more than a quarter-mile of rocky shoreline.

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Plan Your Visit
  • Overview
  • Ideas for Your Visit
  • Admission & Hours
  • Directions
  • Property Map
  • Regulations & Advisories

Overview

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. The lake and its surrounding forest are adjacent to conservation land owned and managed by the National Park Service, including a section of the Appalachian Trail.

Ideas for Your Visit

Goose Pond Reservation—previously accessible only by boat—is now accessible through the parking lot of our partners, Lee Land Trust on Route 2. Please be respectful of our partner’s land.

On the two-mile trail, you’ll climb nearly 300 feet to a ridge at an elevation of 1,753 feet. Wear bright colors and avoid carrying anything white during hunting seasons. Note: there is no access to the pond itself.

Admission & Hours

FREE to all.

Open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of one hour (upon arrival).

Directions

1310 Cape Street
Lee, MA 01238
Telephone: 413.532.1631
E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

Get directions on Google Maps.

Parking lot and access to the reservation is on the property of our partner, Lee Land Trust; please be respectful of our partner’s land. Wear bright colors and avoid carrying anything white during hunting seasons. Note: there is no access to the pond itself.

From Mass Turnpike, take Exit 2 onto Route 20 East and follow for 2.5 miles. The 4-car parking lot is on the right.

Property Map

At present, a downloadable trail map is not available for Goose Pond Reservation.

Regulations & Advisories

  • Access is difficult along the reservation’s rocky shoreline, and there are no trails. Strenuous hiking, if attempted.
  • Seasonal hunting is permitted at this property subject to all state and town laws. Please call 413.213.4751 or email westregion@thetrustees.org for permit information. Wear bright colors when hiking in the November to December deer hunting season; avoid wearing or carrying anything that is white. Hunting is not allowed on Sundays.
  • Dogs are not allowed on the reservation.
  • Parking lot and access to the reservation is on the property of our partner, Lee Land Trust; please be respectful of our partner’s land. Note: there is no access to the pond itself.
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History

Property Acquisition History
Gift of Professor and Mrs. Henry W. Smith in 1986.

The View From Here
See What People Say

It is a piece of heaven, a beautiful lake where boating is peaceful and quiet, no motors on the lower lake. It really has not changed in hundreds of years, and while here you can still imagine that you are alone in the world.

DeclanS, Trip Advisor

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