Brues Woods, Sudbury

Brues Woods, by Wayne Hall
Brues Woods, by Wayne Hall

Town/City

Sudbury

Size

39 acres

Trail Map

PDF icon Brues Woods Interpretive Nature Trail

PDF icon Brues Woods Trail Map Brochure

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.

Directions

From Sudbury Center (intersection of Route 27, or Old Sudbury Road, and Concord Road), go north on Concord Road. There are two options: When the Nixon School is not in session, parking is available there. Go north on Concord Road 0.6 mi. Turn right into the Nixon School. SVT signs are to the right and back of the lot. Alternatively, go north on Concord Road 0.2 mi. Turn right on Candy Hill Road. Follow it 0.2 mi to the end and bear right onto Plympton Road. SVT signs are on the left; there is parking for a few cars parallel to the road.
 
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