Don’t let the name fool you . . . Grout Pond is not a dinky little puddle
The pond is part of a 1,600 acre recreational area in the Green Mountain National Forest and is a beautiful place to spend a day. The park is open for hiking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming and even camping.
There are multiple trail loops that are well marked and fairly easy terrain. The loop around the pond will take 1 to 2 hours depending on your pace but for those more adventurous, there is a trail that will connect to Somerset Reservoir.
If you’re bringing a small craft like a canoe or kayak, the road will get you to within about 40 yards of the water but you will need to carry the boat down a small hill.
To get to Grout Pond from Dover, head North on Rt 100 past Mount Snow. About 2 and half miles beyond the main entrance to the mountain, turn left on Penny Ave. Follow to the end and turn right on Pike Hollow Rd. From there, turn left on Stratton Arlington Rd and the entrance to Grout Pond will be a little under 5 miles up on your left.
For more information, click the image below for a PDF from the US Forest Service.