Halfway Pond Conservation Area
Just as Henry David Thoreau referred to Walden Pond as the “eye of the world,” Halfway Pond shines as the “eye of Plymouth County.” The pond provides habitat for the federally endangered Northern Redbelly Cooter (formerly known as the Plymouth Redbelly Turtle), and its shores provide one of the region’s better sites for spotting bald eagles. Its exceptional water quality supports six mussel species, including two state-listed rare species.
Come to this unique conservation area to enjoy its remarkable scenic and spiritual values. Walk for a brief time or several hours on an extensive network of interconnecting, well-marked trails. Enjoy the scent of swamp azalea, swamp rose, and sweet pepperbush as you canoe Halfway Pond on a July evening. Explore woodland swamps and pond shores during crisp fall days when the vegetation glows with brilliant color. Snowshoe through open woodlands in winter. Search the pine-barrens in spring for unusual wildflowers.
Many bird species thrive along the pond shores, and prairie warblers, rufous-sided towhees, and common yellowthroats are frequently seen in the western part of this preserve in spring. While walking Gramp's Loop Trail you’ll pass through a cathedral of white pines, pine-barrens, and a large frost hollow.