Oxford, Massachusetts 01540
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The Greenbriar Recreation Area is managed by the Town of Oxford and is within the Hodges Village Dam facilities managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
About Hodges Village Dam
For year-round outdoor recreation, visit Hodges Village Dam (30 Howarth Road, Oxford, Massachusetts 01540). The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers park rangers are available to assist you during your visit.
There are approximately 22 miles of trails weaving their way around the Hodges Village project area. The blue-blazed trails on the east side of the French River are for non-motorized recreation including hiking, nature study, mountain biking, cross country skiing, and horseback riding.
The orange-blazed trails on the west side of the river are for both non-motorized and motorized use. Off-highway motorcycles are allowed on the west side of the French River as reservoir levels, weather, and trail conditions permit. Hodges Village Dam is a popular off-highway motorcycle area in Central Massachusetts and draws visitors from around the tri-state area.
The disc golf course is an enjoyable layout, fun for golfers of all ages and abilities to play.
The outdoor enthusiast can hunt, fish, and boat at Hodges Village Dam. Hunting is allowed only on the west side of the French River. All federal, state, and local laws apply.
The French River Canoe trail is approximately 3 miles long and starts at the Greenbriar Park canoe launch in North Oxford and ends at Hodge Village Dam. Paddlers may have to portage around beaver dams and flood debris.
Park rangers provide special interpretive programs on the cultural and natural environment, water resources, water safety, dam tours, and flood risk management. Special use permits are available upon request for various events.
All project lands and waters are under the jurisdiction of CFR Title 36 regulations, state and local laws. The Federal regulations are on display in the areas more frequently used by the public and copies are available at the project office.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages the natural resources at Hodges Village Dam for multiple uses: flood risk management, wildlife habitat, forest production, watershed protection, and outdoor recreation. Hodges Village is comprised of almost 1,200 acres of land. The west side of the French River is upland hardwoods, red oak, white oak, and hickory trees. The east side of the river supports an Atlantic White Cedar swamp and numerous shrub swamps and forested wetlands. Red maple, alder, birch, and other common wetland plants are found in the widespread wetlands.
Volunteers assist the Park Rangers in conserving and managing the area’s natural and recreational resources. Contact the Hodges Village Dam and Buffumville Lake Office for details on the Volunteer Program.
The habitat of the French River is that of a slow-moving stream. A pool is impounded only during flood operations. The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife has designated the French River as a cold water fishery resource. Common fish species include brook, brown and rainbow trout, slimy sculpin and long nose sucker, largemouth bass, white and yellow perch, and chain pickerel.
The Hodges Village Dam property is comprised of a diverse array of natural plant communities. Park rangers work on the land to ensure that habitats diversity is sustained to support a variety of species. Wildlife enthusiasts may spot white-tailed deer, cottontail rabbits, wild turkey, an array of hawks and songbirds, ducks and geese, coyotes, fox, and an occasional bobcat.
From Hodges Village Dam webpage