Horseshoe Pond Is Conserved!

Horseshoe Pond. Photo by SVT Staff.

SVT has purchased the Horseshoe Pond property in Berlin! These beautiful 100 acres on the northeast face of Mount Pisgah will now be permanently conserved for the benefit of future generations.

Spanning a meadow, a vernal pool, and a forest, the land sits in an environmentally important area that supports critical wetlands, an extensive wildlife corridor, and passive recreation. SVT and the Town have been hoping to conserve the property for decades, and we are thrilled to finally realize this goal.

SVT will hold the land until the Town of Berlin can secure grants to purchase it from us and create a public conservation area. SVT will hold a conservation restriction over the property once the second sale is completed. This should happen in the next few months.

We encourage you to visit the delightful Horseshoe Pond conservation land for yourself. 

“Many local residents have enjoyed the trails on this property for years, perhaps without realizing that it was privately owned land,” said Christa Collins, SVT Director of Land Protection. “Now that it is permanently protected, we want everyone to feel welcome to explore and enjoy this new conservation area.”

There is easy parking and access to well-maintained trails near the corner of Linden Street and Lyman Road in Berlin. The trails are part of the Mount Pisgah trail network. (Get directions and a trail map.)

Plus, SVT and the Town are hosting an "open house" at Horseshoe Pond on Sunday, September 25. Stop by anytime between 2:00 and 4:00 to hike the trail or enjoy a nature scavenger hunt with your family. Naturalists will be on hand to answer questions in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Get more details about the open house.