GROTON, Vt. -
Vermont is full of beautiful vistas. Justin Lajoie, video editor at Channel 3 News, visited Kettle Pond State Park and shared the view.
"From fishing to swimming to hiking, it's a year-round playground," said Barbara MacGregor of Vermont State Parks.
Kettle Pond is one of seven state parks contained within the 28,000-acre Groton State Forest.
The pond boasts a 3-mile loop trail which is easy to walk as it has only a 34-foot change in elevation. The hike will take you past remote camping sites that dot the shoreline built by the Civilian Conservation Corps.
"The group campground was built in 1969. The remote sites around the pond were built by the CCC in the 1930s," said MacGregor.
While walking the trail you will notice many streams and rain runoff. So much you may think that Kettle Pond is only fed by rain water.
"It's not an actual geologic kettle. It is spring-fed and has an outlet into Stillwater Creek that goes down and feeds Lake Groton," said MacGregor.
And arguably it's the best way to explore the pond. From the water you can see the remote sites and may even come across some of the pond's resident wildlife.
"You name it, I think it's out here. There's moose, bear, deer, fisher, porcupine, bobcat, fox and, of course, the loons," said MacGregor.
State parks like Kettle Pond have installed nesting platforms as part of the loon restoration program.
"We put it out and re-vegetate it. The loons are pretty used to that platform now and come back to it on a yearly basis and we normally become parents of a couple chicks," said MacGregor.
One of the stories of how Kettle Pond got its name is a huntsman was floating a log across the pond to save himself the time of having to walk all the way around. He ended up dropping his kettle in the pond. Other stories are a bit more colorful.
"The other one was Bristol Bill from England. He was a notorious burglar and counterfeiter. He ended up on trial in Danville, stabbed the prosecuting attorney at sentencing and ended up 10 years at Windsor prison," said MacGregor.
Legend has it, there is a kettle full of counterfeit bills stashed somewhere around the pond. However, in the park's long history, the treasure has yet to be discovered.
But what the park may lack in kettles of counterfeit money it more than makes up for in natural beauty. It's a state park worth visiting the next time you want to get up and out.