Noyes Pond

Noyes Pond is located in a secluded location within Groton State Forest in Groton, Vermont. This image was made at sunset as the clouds were mirrored on the surface of the pond.

GPS: 44.228112 -72.305549

SEYON LODGE STATE PARK

Noyes Pond is best accessed from Seyon Lodge State Park in Groton, Vermont. Seyon Lodge is the only state-owned destination of its kind in the state, where guests can experience the rugged outdoors with the warm comforts of a cozy inn. It calls itself Vermont’s best kept secret for a good reason.

It was built as a hunting and fishing cabin in the 1890s, and purchased by the state in the 1960s to create the state park. In the 1970s, the lodge grew in popularity and was even used as a getaway place by several Vermont governors. Today, Seyond Lodge provides affordable year-round lodging for up to 16 guests.

NOYES POND

Noyes Pond spans 39 acres is in the midst of the 27,000 acres of Groton State Forest. Its secluded setting allows visitors to enjoy some of the most beautiful and undisturbed scenery in the state. Probably the biggest draw to Noyes Pond is fly fishing — it offers Vermont’s sole public fly fishing-only pond. In addition, the pond is used for hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing in winter.

Not surprisingly, I also find Noyes Pond to be an excellent destination for landscape photography. Standing on its eastern shore, there are great vantage points for making compelling photographs here. And if you feel like photographing from the water, you can rent a row boat at the lodge.

To the south, Signal Mountain adds a shapely contour to the landscape, while partly-submerged boulders provide foreground for wide-angle images.

BEST TIME TO PHOTOGRAPH

Probably the best time to come to Noyes Pond is at the peak of fall foliage in late September or early October. You can make great photographs here at either sunrise or sunset, depending whether you prefer the sun to be over your shoulder or in your face (for different effects). Ideally come on a windless day to include a mirror reflection of the colorful foliage and surrounding hills.

Autumn on Noyes Pond

If you come for sunrise on an autumn morn, there’s a good chance that you’ll be rewarded with a layer of fog over the calm pond, adding yet another element of photogenic interest to your images.

If you enjoy night photography, this can also be a night destination in late summer when the Milky Way passes to the south over Signal Mountain.

GETTING THERE

Seyon Lodge State Park is a bit out of the way, which adds to its rugged appeal. The lodge itself is located at 2967 Seyon Pond Road in Groton, Vermont. From the parking area, you can simply walk down to nearby Noyes Pond. Note that the posted hours to the state park for day visitors are from 6 a.m. to sunset.

Seyon Pond Road is off US-302 in Groton. Head west on US-302 from Groton and turn right onto Seyon Pond Road. The lodge and pond are located at the end of the three-mile dirt road deep in Groton State Forest.

PHOTOGRAPHERS BEWARE

Unless you decide to rent a row boat at the lodge, you’ll be photographing from shore, so the risk tends to be minimal unless you fall in the pond. Perhaps the bigger risk is the potential of running into wildlife as you drive the curved three-mile dirt road in and out of the state park.

As I mentioned earlier, Seyon Lodge State Park is open daily from 6 a.m. to sunset. So, if you need to photograph the pond outside the posted hours, be sure to ask permission from the rangers who run the lodge and state park — they’re very nice people from my experience.

Milky Way over Signal Mountain

Night photography is a bit trickier, as they do not allow non-guests to be in the state park outside the posted hours. So, the best way to take a night photo here is to make arrangements to stay at the lodge, which gives you 24-hour access. Be aware that the lodge is usually full in summer, so advance reservations are a must if you plan on renting one of the eight available rooms.

I hope you enjoy the pristine surroundings of Noyes Pond as much as I do. Wishing you great photos!

3 thoughts on “Noyes Pond”

  1. Glorious as always! We lived in Vermont for 28 years, had a ‘camp’ in the Northeast Kingdom for 14 and your photos of Notes Pond are a poignant reminder of what we have left behind for suburban Manchester, NH. Know the Groton State Forest area moderately well and it just isn’t THAT far from here so may have to grab the Nikon and try to see it this fall as you have done. At least I am inspired to return the Kingdom for a day or so.
    BTW, Michael, I have grown very fond of the diverse aspects of Bedford and its central situation between Portsmouth and Peterborough. All very picture worthy. Think of your wonderful editions of small towns along the Merrimack River.

    1. Glad I could provide a bit of inspiration, Diana. Funny thing you mention Bedford since that’s where I live! Thanks for the comment.

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