Easton: Island Pond Preserve
  • 10 acres in 128 acres Paine O/S Preserved in 1976  FishingFishing  

Maple Road, Easton

Google Maps Directions
For a detailed map of the trails, please visit the
Island Pond (Paine Open Space) Preserve Map. Print Map

About Island Pond Preserve
Island Pond Preserve is part of the 128-acre Paine Open Space owned by the town of Easton. Paine Open Space has an extensive trail system that is excellent for year-round hiking and snowshoeing or cross country skiing in winter.

Follow the trail past several small ponds to Island Pond where you can watch nature from the sheltered island. A bridge (rebuilt in 1987) is a nice place to rest and picnic. Enjoy the wonderful pond lilies. The former Paine residence is located to the south of the pond. This pond, as well as, Pond View was built by Ralph Paine. He pumped water from this pond to the other seven ponds that are above this one. See the remains of an old cement block pump house on the east side of the pond. Bring your fishing pole for bass and sunfish.

For a family hike exploration of Island Pond Preserve, click here.

Trail Steward:  Mike Wallace

Directions & Parking:
Follow Stepney Road/ Rt 59 to a left turn onto Judd Road; turn left. Right on Maple Road (shortly past April Drive) and go 1 mile. Turn right into the main entrance (easy to miss because the sign is small). 


  • Open daily during daylight hours
  • No motor vehicles of any kind allowed except in designated parking areas, and for maintenance and emergency use.
  • No hunting or discharging of firearms.
  • No fires permitted for any purpose.
  • No smoking allowed
  • No cutting or felling of trees or removal of plants or plant material.
  • Horses restricted to designated trails.
  • No camping, swimming, or picnicking.
  • Dogs must be leashed. 

 About Ralph D. Paine Jr.
Ralph "Del" Delahaye Paine, Jr. was born March 31, 1906 in New Jersey and died January 12, 1991.  Paine was the oldest son of author and journalist Ralph Delahaye Paine Sr. and had two younger twin brothers. Ralph Paine attended Yale University, where he was a member of Skull and Bones and graduated in 1929

Like some other Eastonites, Paine was a Wall Street securities analyst after college.  He became the business editor for Time magazine in 1933. 

Like some other Eastonites, Paine was a Wall Street securities analyst after college.  He became the business editor for Time magazine in 1933.

In 1938, he was the personal assistant to publisher Henry Luce, the co-founder of Time.  During World War II, Paine was in charge of The March of Time newsreel series and the European operations of Time, Inc. publications.

Paine served as managing editor of Fortune from 1941 to 1953 and following the departure of Charles Douglas Jackson, publisher from 1953 to 1967. During his tenure, the magazine created its famous Fortune 500 list.  Paine also served as publisher of Architectural Forum from 1954 to 1963 and House and Home from 1962 to 1963. 

Over the period of 1936 to 1941 the Paine family acquired the eight parcels of land that was to become the Paine Open Space.  

In 1947, Paine married Nancy White, who at the time, was associate fashion editor of Good Housekeeping and later became the editor of Harper's Bazaar.

At the time of his death, Paine was president and treasurer of the Vermont real estate holdings company Barton Mountain Corporation.

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