Memorial Forest, Sudbury
Please Note: Learn more about our ongoing Desert Natural Area Pitch Pine-Scrub Oak Barrens Habitat Restoration Project and about recent changes to trail use rules at Memorial Forest due to stream crossing conditions. In Spring 2017, we have created a bird nesting zone to protect rare birds, please leash your dogs in this area. See a map of the zone here, and look for signs on the trails.
Straddling the border of Sudbury and Marlborough, lies 615 acres of public and private open space dedicated primarily to conservation. This includes the General Federation’s Memorial Forest and Wildlife Sanctuary, two tracts of Marlborough State Forest, and conservation lands owned by Town of Sudbury and City of Marlborough.
Its wetlands and clear streams, mosaic of oak and pine forests, and undulating terrain combine to provide habitat for a rich diversity of wildlife. Our Memorial Forest Nature Sightings page highlights some of this wildlife, featuring some great photos and videos. The extensive and varied trail system of old woods roads makes it accessible to walkers and nature watchers with little impact to the resources. As development continues to urbanize the remaining open space in Sudbury and Marlborough and neighboring towns of Hudson and Stow, this natural area only increases in local and regional significance.