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"Once you see open water as something to be entered, rather than driven around, flown over or stopped at the brink of, then even familiar landscapes become rife with adventure. [When] you break the surface of the water itself ... you move from one realm into another: a realm of freedom, adventure, magic and occasionally of danger." -- Robert Macfarlane (The Outdoor Swimming Society)

SwimMaine is a blog for people who would like to experience the beauty and nature of Maine's lakes and coastline through swimming. It is for those who enjoy swimming in Maine's fresh air and open sky. Whether you are an experienced swimmer or a novice, the intent of this blog is to provide you information so that you can safely choose a swimming experience that will enrich your life, as you become an explorer of an underwater world seldom seen by others.

Information is easily available on such outdoor activities as hiking and biking trails in Maine. However, finding information about swimming "trails," or nice places to swim, is more difficult. This blog has been developed to document information about these places - and your help is needed to provide such information. Do you have a favorite swimming place that you would like to let others know about? Please e-mail SwimMaine to send in your report on outdoor swimming trails. We'll post it here and placemark it on our SwimMaine map.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

12. Piper Pond

Name of Water Body: Piper Pond
Town(s): Abbot
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Type of Water Body: Pond
Unique Feature(s):
Description: A small, but well manicured lawn makes this somewhat off-the-beaten-path pond a nice place to bring others who will have a nice area to relax while you swim.
Fee: no
Facilities: yes
Parking: yes
Camping: no
Swimming Trail (with approximate distances): You can swim in any direction. There is no destination point.
Directions: Heading north on Routes 15/6, make a left onto the Pond Road, which will be approx. 1 1/2 miles out of Abbot Village. Stay on this road for almost 2 miles. Piper Pond will be on your left.
Other Info: The lake has recently been stocked with salmon and brook trout. If you continue on this road another ½ mile, the road will take a sharp right. Whetstone Pond, with public access will be on your left, with parking on the left side of the road. However, a must see is Barrows Falls about a mile up the road. This place is so beautiful and hard to describe. It is a short hike 1/10th of a mile into the woods on your right. The path is right before the single lane bridge.
Date Updated: 7/11
Submitted By: Helen

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