About Fountain Pond State Park - North Trailhead
Fountain Pond State Park is a fantastic location hidden within the forests of Great Barrington, MA, and gives visitors a window into the natural wonders of the Berkshires. The park has multiple trails and access points around its perimeter, leading through beautiful ecosystems and environments and eventually towards the park's namesake: Fountain Pond. Fountain Pond is a large, stunning body of water filled with wildlife and vegetation. Lilly pads, water reeds, and countless other aquatic plants grow in and around the pond, along with a wide variety of wildflowers that add splashes of red, yellow, orange, and many different vibrant colors. Multiple bird boxes elevated within the pond provide an ideal habitat for many bird species, making this an excellent location for birding. A few picnic tables are available off the large parking lot to enjoy the pond's scenery up close.
The trail itself at the north trailhead begins right next to the water. At first, it leads along a flat, broad trail passing along the pond's perimeter before splitting off into multiple paths that lead through the dense forests of the state park. The trails are moderately challenging—they are well-traveled, so they are clear of overhanging brush, but they have some rocks and roots, steep inclines, and wet patches. The Fountain Pond State Park north trailhead trails are a beautiful location for family-friendly hiking in Western Massachusetts.