Guilford, VT 05301
Park Updates & Alerts
- The pond is currently drained. Water recreation is not available at this time.
- Please review our COVID-19 updates page before visiting.
Take Exit 1, travel south on U.S. Route 5. In the village of Algiers, turn right after 1.3 miles onto Guilford Center Road. Travel .4 miles and turn left onto Weatherhead Hollow Road. Travel 4.6 miles and turn right onto Sweet Pond Road. The trailhead entrance is a sharp right hand turn at 2 miles; immediately turn left after the park sign – the parking lot is down the hill.
Sweet Pond State Park was established in 1976. The park is named after Dr. Charles and Susan Sweet, who maintained a summer home on the property for a time prior to State acquisition.
Located in the southeastern Vermont town of Guilford, the park is less than one-half mile from the Massachusetts border, and is nine miles southwest of Brattleboro. The park includes all of the shoreline of 18-acre Sweet Pond. The pond is an artificial impoundment on Keats Brook; a dam was first established here in the mid 19th century to power a mill. The land was originally settled by the Franklin family, who farmed the land for more than 150 years beginning in 1777. The Franklin Cemetery lies within the park.
The park is undeveloped, except for the Sweet family home (privately rented), a public parking area and a foot trail. There are traces visible of historic farmsteads and roads on the property. The 1.3 miles Sweet Pond Trail circumnavigates the pond. It is a popular place for the easy hike and for paddling and swimming (though not currently as the pond has been drained).
Sweet Pond was drained in early 2011 after the dam was deemed unsafe. Funding has been appropriated to reconstruct the dam. Design and engineering is underway with construction anticipated during the 2016 summer and fall.