The Mount Misery conservation land provides excellent views of the Sudbury River and Fairhaven Bay, while passing through a deeply shaded hemlock forest and a patch of open marsh. Wildlife flourishes along the river, and you just might catch a glimpse of a deer, barred owl, muskrat, or red fox. Two newer inhabitants, which also can be seen with a little luck, are the wily coyote and the beaver. The beaver has reestablished itself here (with help from the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife) after being extirpated around the time of the Revolution by overtrapping and loss of habitat.
A circular hike through the Mount Misery property takes about an hour and a half, on gently sloped and well-groomed trails. The trail begins at a parking lot on Route 117. Enter the woods at the east end of the parking lot. The trails described here are part of the Yellow Disc Trails and are clearly marked by small discs. They circle the eastern end of the property, then loop westward toward the river. Highlights: River views, pond, beech trees.
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