Hood Pond is an expansive 100-acre pond, nestled in and amongst lush woodlands, wetlands and rushing streams. White cedar grows in the swamp that surrounds the pond, a rare phenomenon, due to the felling of these trees for use as fence posts in the colonial era. A rare species of butterfly nests in the tops of the white cedars, and bog lemmings can sometimes be found in the swamps. The most common forest trees include oaks, shagbark hickory, red and sugar maples, white birch, white pine and hemlock. The forest floor is carpeted with club mosses, lady’s slippers, starflower, partridgeberry, Canada mayflower and violets. Hood Pond is located within Willowdale State Forest, which offers more than 40 miles of trails.