Lincoln Conservation Land / Mount Misery

Lincoln, Massachusetts

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Lincoln’s 227-acre Mount Misery Conservation Land offers off-leash trails, hemlock forests, and access to the Sudbury River. According to folklore, the area received its name in the late 1700s after a pair of yoked oxen wandered up the hillside and wrapped themselves around a tree, ultimately causing their demise. Far from a miserable place, Mount Misery is a great place to spend a few hours walking with your dog. Due to historical overuse from dogs, Lincoln has tightened its leash laws a bit and divided this property with on- and off-leash trails. Although that makes the area somewhat difficult to navigate with your dog, it’s still worth a visit. Before hitting the trails, pick up the map created by the Lincoln Conservation Commission that clearly marks which trails are leash free. Along the trail, small signs will demarcate on- and off-leash sections. From the parking area, walk with your leashed dog down a wide trail to the first swimming hole on this hike. A small beach makes a great access point to the water. After a swim, follow this trail straight along the northern edge of the pond. Watch for the turtles that like to bask in the sun.

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"Lincoln’s 227-acre Mount Misery Conservation Land offers off-leash trails, hemlock forests, and access to the Sudbury River. According to folklore, the area received its name in the late 1700s after a pair of yoked oxen wandered up the hillside and wrapped themselves around a tree, ultimately causing their demise. Far from a miserable place, Mount Misery is a great place to spend a few hours walking with your dog.

Due to historical overuse from dogs, Lincoln has tightened its leash laws a bit and divided this property with on- and off-leash trails. Although that makes the area somewhat difficult to navigate with your dog, it’s still worth a visit. Before hitting the trails, pick up the map created by the Lincoln Conservation Commission that clearly marks which trails are leash free. Along the trail, small signs will demarcate on- and off-leash sections. From the parking area, walk with your leashed dog down a wide trail to the first swimming hole on this hike. A small beach makes a great access point to the water. After a swim, follow this trail straight along the northern edge of the pond. Watch for the turtles that like to bask in the sun."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lincoln
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Spring through Fall
Local Contacts: Lincoln Conservation Commission
Local Maps: USGS Maynard
Driving Directions: Directions to Lincoln Conservation Land / Mount Misery

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May 2018