Location: Heald St.
This beautiful pond is surrounded by 32 acres of protected woodlands and a
field. A trail follows the length of the west side of the pond then wraps around
the southern tip and connects with the Heald Street
Orchard or follows the Jeff Smith Trail along the
Blood Brook Ravine out to Jewett St. If you follow the pond trail out to the
Orchard, you can complete a loop by walking through the Orchard to Heald St. and
then walking to the left for about a half mile along the street. Turtles, frogs,
herons, hawks, and beaver (look for the beaver lodge) can be found in and around
the pond. The trail starts out gently, but gets rugged as it narrows and follows
a steep rocky outcropping. Across the road from the Heald Pond trailhead, you
can follow the trail to the left of the stream along the Gulf Brook ravine into
the Pepperell Springs Conservation Area. Canoe or
kayak access to Heald Pond is available from Heald St. The islands within the
pond contain poison sumac - beware.
Go about 2 miles on
Heald St. away from Pepperell Town Hall (corner of Main St. and Park St.) or
about 0.5 miles past the entrance to the Heald St. Orchard. Park on the side of
Hiking (moderate, though
steep in places)
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