Lincoln Conservation Land Mount Misery

Lincoln, Massachusetts

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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.
Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts

DESCRIPTION FROM:

Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts

by Michael Tougias (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

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.

©  Michael Tougias/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lincoln
Distance: 3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Best spring thru fall
Driving Directions: Directions to Lincoln Conservation Land (Mount Misery)

Recent Trail Reviews

10/9/2010
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We walked the trail on what was a beautiful fall day. The trails are nicely marked and easy to get around. It was not crowded. The walk was relatively easy. My only disappointment was that the "outlook" on top of Mt. Misery was nothing. It was covered with trees etc.. and there were no views.


7/5/2010
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Went and took a walk around here today. Was hoping to see a little bit of wild life, but there was nothing larger than a squirrel... no big deal... That aside, the trail is confusing with very few signs and I even ended up popping out on the road about a quarter mile from where I parked. The ponds were completely green with algae, and smelled horribly... there was ONE area near the beginning that looked nice, was a little channel of water that offered a nice little view, but was hardly worth it. I imagine this is a good place for people in the area as it's a couple miles of walking and it seems good to bring a dog to, but if you're looking for interesting scenery or a pleasant walk, don't go here.


12/3/2007
0

I was confused by the map and the trail scale. Beautiful spot. Parking lot is not well marked. If you see an open field or road, you've left the "rez".


7/22/2006
0

We hiked from Walden Pond to Mount Misery, managing to get lost in the woods but enjoying the trail nonetheless. The trails are wide and easy to follow, but there are hardly any signs to tell you where you're going. Dirck said there were no trail maps to take with you, but we found them at the Old Concord Rd. entrance. They're mostly aimed at dog owners and indicate where leashes are and are not required. However, not at all dog owners seem to pay attention to that.


5/23/2006
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This is a nice woodsy walk, no scrambling and quite soft underfoot overall. My wife and I found it a fairly easy walk and easy to cover in somewhat less time than the 1.5 hour time alloted in the written report. Nice walk so close to the city (Boston).



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