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This is a wonderful hike around a lovely mountain fishing pond then up to Owl's Head Mountain, 1,958 feet.

This is a lovely non-strenuous trek within Kettle Pond State Park which lies in Groton State Forest. Begin this trail hiking around the pond in a counterclockwise direction experiencing the quiet of a mixed forest. Blue blazes mark the trail which travels partially through a wetland and marsh. Several spur trails lead to the primitive group camping and several adirondack shelters offered by Kettle Pond State Park. The main trail takes you directly to the shore offering gorgeous views of the large pond which is lined with a mixture of Labrador tea and rhododendron. The trail on the north side of the pond tends to have a wet section which can be challenging during the spring thaw or summer rains. As the path wraps around to the left you'll be treated to wonderful views of Owl's Head amidst an evergreen forest. It is not uncommon to hear the cries of the common loon flowing across the placid pond waters. The trail ends at the primitive group site along the eastern edge of the pond just footsteps away from the campground gravel road. Views of Owl's Head are magnificent from this trail and a short drive up Owl's Head Road offers beautiful views of Kettle Pond with its abundant wildlife, including black bear, moose, deer, grouse, mink, beaver, otter, fisher and herons. Many people enjoy stopping and fishing the clear waters of Kettle Pond and the other numerous nearby brooks and ponds.

Directions: From Groton, VT, Travel 2 miles west on US 302, then 7.5 miles northwest on SR 232 to reach Kettle Pond group sites. The trailhead is just beyond the access road.

Elevation: 1,958 feet

Distance: 3.25 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

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Kettle Pond State Park, Vermont

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