Harwich, Massachusetts 02645
Muddy Creek Headwaters Preserve webpage
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Thanks to enthusiastic supporters from across the four-town Pleasant Bay Watershed, Muddy Creek Headwaters Preserve, a 17-acre landscape with 1,400 feet of shoreline on Muddy Creek that flows into the bay, was preserved by Harwich Conservation Trust in 2017. Kingfishers chatter creekside while red-tailed hawks and songbirds explore the forest and meadow.
The site was formerly occupied by an abandoned house and derelict tennis court. Through the ecological restoration, 1.5 acres have been transformed into grassland habitat, resulting in a wildflower-rich meadow of black-eyed Susans, partridge pea, butterfly weed, and blazing stars. The volunteer Chatham-Harwich Newcomers’ Woodworkers Club installed a trailhead kiosk and volunteer Eagle Scout Carl Furner led the effort to build three benches.
From the stoplight intersection of Old Queen Anne Road and MA-137, drive about 150 feet east (toward Chatham) and take an immediate left onto Church Street. After approximately one-tenth of a mile, the parking area will be on the right.
From Muddy Creek Headwaters Preserve webpage