7 Scenic Ponds Everyone In Maine Should Visit At Least Once

Maine is full of beautiful bodies of water.

There’s the beautiful Atlantic that makes for incredible sights as its waves crash onto the rocky coastline of the state.

There are plenty of beautiful Maine lakes to explore in the state, and don’t forget about Maine’s list of gorgeous waterfalls.

And then there are Maine’s ponds, some of which would likely be considered and named as lakes in most other states.

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Many of the ponds you’ll find in Maine offer the perfect combination of natural beauty and solitude…and are just good for the souls of those who spend time on or around them.

In this guide, we’ll show you the seven most scenic ponds in the state of Maine.

Tumbledown Pond

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Located in the western mountains of Maine, Tumbledown Pond is accessible via a challenging hike that rewards with stunning views and a unique mountain-top pond experience. 

The Loop Trail offers the most direct route, featuring a dramatic rock scramble near the top. 

Anglers will find brook trout, and visitors can explore several smaller ponds and waterfalls in the area. 

Tumbledown’s remote location makes it a peaceful retreat for nature lovers.

Duckpuddle Pond

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Duckpuddle Pond in Waldoboro provides a tranquil fishing and boating spot away from Maine’s tourist trails. 

The pond’s waters are home to largemouth bass and chain pickerel, making it a favorite among anglers. 

With minimal development along its shores, Duckpuddle Pond retains a rustic charm. 

Public boat access is available, inviting visitors to explore its peaceful waters and enjoy the surrounding nature.

Lower Wilson Pond

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Situated near Greenville, Lower Wilson Pond offers a quieter alternative to the more crowded Moosehead Lake. 

With pristine waters and surrounded by lush forests, it’s perfect for fishing, with abundant populations of salmon and trout. 

Canoeing and kayaking are popular activities, offering chances to spot loons and other wildlife. 

Lakeside cabins provide serene accommodations for those wishing to stay overnight.

Chimney Pond

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Nestled within Baxter State Park, Chimney Pond serves as the base camp for climbers ascending Mount Katahdin. 

This glacial tarn, sitting at an elevation of about 2,900 feet, offers unparalleled views of the Knife Edge and surrounding peaks. 

Day hikers can enjoy the strenuous 3.3-mile trail to the pond, while overnight guests must reserve lean-tos or tent sites in advance. 

It’s a prime spot for photography, especially at sunrise and sunset.

Flanders Pond

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Located in Sullivan, Flanders Pond offers a serene setting ideal for kayaking, canoeing, and bird watching. 

Its relatively undisturbed surroundings make it a peaceful retreat for those looking to escape the bustle. 

Fishing enthusiasts can catch bass and pickerel. 

The pond’s clear waters are bordered by mixed forest, creating picturesque views, especially during the fall foliage season.

Jordan Pond

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Situated in Acadia National Park, Jordan Pond is iconic for its crystal-clear waters and the view of the Bubbles, two distinctive mountains. 

The Jordan Pond Path, a 3.3-mile loop, allows for leisurely walks along the shore. 

The Jordan Pond House, famous for its popovers and tea, offers a historic dining experience. 

Visitors can kayak or canoe but are reminded to respect the water quality by avoiding swimming.

Speck Pond

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As Maine’s highest elevation pond, Speck Pond lies near the New Hampshire border in the Mahoosuc Range, offering secluded camping spots and a challenging hike. 

Part of the Appalachian Trail, the site is ideal for experienced hikers looking for rugged terrain and solitude. 

The pond and its shelter are at an elevation of over 3,000 feet, providing cool temperatures and stunning vistas of the surrounding mountains.