Brues Woods, Sudbury
March 2020: Trails on SVT lands are currently open, but please note the following:
- Dogs must be leashed.
- If a trail is marked "closed," Do Not Enter. (We may need to close some trails, and our trails often cross lands owned by others.)
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Brues Woods' upland trails pass through mature pines. Plank walkways carry the trail across Bridge Brook and through damp areas in the adjacent wooded wetland with its tangled under-story and fallen trees.
A local Eagle Scout created an interpretive nature trail brochure that describes the trees at six markers along the trail. A complete tour takes less than an hour over moderately easy terrain, with some briefly steep spots.
SVT acquired Brues Woods in several parcels during the 1980s and 1990s. The 23-acre core was sold to SVT by Mildred Brues, a longtime Sudbury resident who did not want the land to be developed.
- Brues Woods, which is situated only 0.75 mile from Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, is often visited by migratory birds.
- Brues Woods is a predominately white pine forest, with red maple swamp bordering Bridge Brook, and mixed oak in remaining areas.
- The forest also includes hemlocks as well as sassafras trees with leaves of different shapes: Some have three lobes while others are oval or mitten shaped.
- Be prepared for mud if it is spring or has rained recently!
- Bridge Brook crosses under Newbridge Road and into the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, where it connects to the Sudbury River.
- A luxuriant stand of skunk cabbage will greet you along the banks of Bridge Brook starting as early as February or March.
- Students and teachers at the Nixon School are able to use the land as an outdoor classroom.