Paradise Pond is a small body of water (under 40 acres) bordering route 31 on the west side and Leominster State Forest on the east side. The pond has no access for motorboats, and no development at all. There are several small islands, the larger of which rise about 25 feet and are covered with pine and birch. There is little undergrowth due to the pine needles covering the floor, so it makes a great spot to have lunch or sit with a special friend.
There are a couple of beaver homes, and several muskrat holes, but I saw neither animal. On a recent trip in October 2001 I saw 7 or 8 geese in a flock, about a dozen ducks, and a heron. The north end of the pond has most of the wildlife, but is very shallow. The shoreline is mostly pine and birch. A leisurely paddle of the pond takes an hour and a half.
Along route 31 just before route 140, there is space for a dozen cars. The put in is a short carry from the road (25 feet).
No charges for entry or parking.
Take route 31 South from route 2 in Fitchburg. The north end of the pond is 1.0 mile on route 31 from the entrance to Leominster state park. There a several put in spots at 1.5 miles from the park entrance.
The AMC flat water guide for Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island has a good description of the pond.