I don't know when Garland wrote that or in which book he authored before his
death in 1940, but I thought it summed up my own recollections of well over "a
lovely lakes" I passed on the Appalachian Trail last year.
I visualize one of several favorite lakes, shown in the photos below, and my
heart beats a little slower, my breathing rate decreases, and I start to smile.
It's one thing to be out in the wilderness experiencing nature first hand.
It's an added bonus to savor the memories of your adventures for the rest of
your life - and to use them for stress relief!
There are literally hundreds of lovely ponds and lakes right along the
Appalachian Trail. You can see even more of them from ridges and mountaintops.
This photo essay will be long on photos and short on essay. The pictures can
speak for themselves. All I will do (unless I just can't help but add a comment)
is identify the name of the lake if I know it, the location, and the day when I
passed it so you can see in that day's journal which trailheads I used.
As usual, I'll proceed from south to north as I saw these bodies of water.
Since such a large proportion of the ponds and lakes on the AT are in Maine,
I'll cover that state separately. This essay features lakes in several other
Relax and enjoy!
near Fontana Dam, North Carolina,
Unnamed pond between Pump Gap and Mill Ridge, north of Hot
Springs, North Carolina on
19. There is another view of this pond at the top of the page
Children's Lake, Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania on
64 (see a different photo of the pond in the journal entry
Water lilies in Lake Lenape at southern entrance to Delaware Water
Gap, Pennsylvania on
Sunfish Pond in New Jersey on
89, the first glacial pond going north on the AT (see
two other views in that day's journal and in
First swamp-like pond,
90 in New Jersey (there is another view in
Culvers Lake from Kittatinny Ridge, New Jersey, also
90 (see second view of lake in
Scenic pond between Wawayanda Mountain and Bearfort Mountain in
New Jersey on
One end of Little Dam Lake (which needs a prettier name!)
between Buchanan and Arden mountains in New York on
Ducks swimming on Nuclear Lake in New York on
What is with these people?? There's another lousy name
for a perfectly beautiful lake! See journal on
97 for the reason. (I still think they should change the name.)
OK, Sue. Visualize a quiet pond and relax again . . .
Benedict Pond, Massachusetts on
102 (see another view in
Upper Goose Pond, Massachusetts, on
103 (second photo in journal that day):
Scenic lake just south of Mt. Greylock summit, Massachusetts on
104 (another view at top of this page):
Two views of pond at Roaring Branch on
105 in Vermont (third view in
There's a reason I've included that pond in the journal several times: it's very peaceful and I spent a few minutes relaxing
there. In my mind, I return often. I'm happy to share it with you.
Misty morning at Stratton Pond, Vermont,
Ducks swimming in Kent Pond, Vermont early morning on
Lonesome Lake, south of Franconia Notch, New Hampshire, on rainy
117 (there's a horizontal photo in journal that day):
Ethan Pond, several miles south of Crawford Notch, New Hampshire
Lake of the Clouds, namesake of the hut on south flank of Mt.
Washington in New Hampshire on
Betcha that one stays pretty cold year-round!
I took the next photo of Lost Pond, just north of Pinkham Notch,
New Hampshire, early in the morning on
125. The Trail was flooded with overflow from recent rains.
This is one of my favorite lake photos from the whole trek:
same day I had to wade through the overflow
along the two Carter Lakes much higher up at Carter Notch:
This is a view of one of the Carter Lakes, Carter Hut, and a boulder
field as I was climbing Carter Dome:
Next up: ponds and lakes in Maine.
Feeling more relaxed now,