Dates Of Visits: May 24 & 29, 2017
Location: Mill St, Amherst, MA (about half an hour north of Springfield, MA and an hour and a half southwest of Boston, MA)
Hours: Open daily, sunrise to sunset
Parking: There is a designated parking area for handicapped accessible vehicles. All other vehicles should park on the side of the road on the right hand side of the road. There is room for a dozen or more cars to park on this road.
Handicapped Accessible: Yes. There is a paved path and designated parking for handicapped accessible vehicles.
Dog Friendly: No. But, dogs are allowed on the Robert Frost trail that circles the pond.
Highlights: wildlife, fishing,trails,pond
Website: Puffer’s Pond
Once the site of a village inhabited by the Norwottuck tribe, Puffer’s Pond (also known as Factory Hollow Pond, is now a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts, nature lovers and hikers.
Puffer’s Pond is a small yet charming pond. It is only 11 acres large and the water is an average depth of 5 feet deep with a maximum depth of more than 20 feet.
There are several access points to the pond. The easiest most straightforward way to the pond is to park on Mill St and enter through the main entrance on that street. There is also an access point farther up on Mill St with a wooden walkway.
The pond is home to herons, mallards, turtles, frogs, a variety of birds and an otter or two among other animals.
Walking through the park, we noticed a disturbance in the water and a head peaking above the water.
It appears to be an otter because when the mammal dove back under water the tail didn’t look like a beaver’s tail.
The views from Puffer’s Pond are beautiful.
The pond is also a great place to fish. This particular fisherman didn’t have any luck (score one for the fish!). Better luck next time.
However, this fisherman had better luck.
Or, you can go there to look out on the pond with a special someone.
The Robert Frost Trail, a 47 mile trail that runs from the Connecticut River in South Hadley,MA to Wendell State Forest in Wendell, MA, runs past Puffer’s Pond. Although it is a very long trail, the section of the trail that runs past the pond is very short (about .8 miles each way). While dogs are not allowed in Puffer’s Pond they are allowed on the walking trails around the pond.
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