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Muddy Brook Wildlife Management Area

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Muddy Brook Wildlife Management Area
Hardwick, Massachusetts 01031
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Muddy Brook Wildlife Management Area
Coordinates: 42.3456041, -72.2339058
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About Muddy Brook Wildlife Management Area
The Muddy Brook Wildlife Management Area is a total of 1,937 acres. The property is made up of two parcels. The smaller, northern tract is a mix of abandoned pastures and orchards, marsh, swamp, and upland forest. The larger southern tract, bisected by Patrill Hollow Road, contains mixed upland oak-hickory and white pine forest, remnant sandplain communities, and acidic shrub marshes. Muddy Brook is an exceptionally unique area given the glacial lake delta that supports a fire-adapted sandplain ecosystem containing pitch pine, scrub oak, dwarf chestnut oak, American hazelnut, lowbush blueberry, huckleberry, and interspersed patches of little bluestem.

MassWildife is currently in the midst of large-scale restoration efforts to restore the fire-influenced natural communities and rare and imperiled species associated with the property.

Muddy Brook is open to the public for non-motorized outdoor recreation including hiking, hunting, and fishing. Parking is available off Patrill Hollow Road and Muddy Brook Road.
From Muddy Brook Wildlife Management Area webpage