Lyons-Cutler Reservation, Sudbury
The Lyons-Cutler Reservation is located along the Allowance Brook adjacent to Sudbury Water District and other Town of Sudbury lands. The contiguous open space totals more than 340 acres, and is just upstream from the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.
Much of the 73 acres of Sudbury Valley Trustees’ reservation is wetlands; however there is also a large central upland area. This land was cleared and used as farmland until 1921, when it was sold and allowed to return to a forested state. Today, SVT manages a three mile trail system here that is open to the public. The upland area is roughly divided into red maple forest on the east and mixed oak forest on the west, with a large stand of white pine in the center of the northern portion. Old ditches, possibly used as property boundaries, border some edges of the reservation and also run through the middle of the upland region. A number of very large trees, including red maple, white oak, and white pine, grow on either side of the interior ditch. The upland forest descends gently to a red maple swamp to the south and east, and shrub swamp along the banks of Allowance and Hop Brooks on the north and west. The understory throughout the reservation is largely high bush blueberry and buckthorn, and cinnamon fern dominates large portions of the herbaceous layer.
The most convenient access point is through the Town of Sudbury's Landham Brook Marsh Conservation Land on Landham Road. Take Landham Road south from Route 20 in Sudbury. A parking area will be on your right after .4 miles, just after passing Stagecoach Drive.
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