X734+X4 Kingston, MA, USA
Owned By: Northeast Wilderness Trust
This secluded 322-acre property features 2.8 miles of woodland trails with pond views. Many of the trails are hilly.
This preserve was established in 2018. Prior to that, it was owned by the Sisters of Divine Providence. Hunting, fishing, trapping, fires, radios, bicycles and motor vehicles are prohibited.
This land is within the region of the Wampanoag tribe. To learn more about our local tribes, we encourage you to interact with their members. The Mashpee Wampanoag and the Herring Pond Wampanoag share information on their websites. The Camp Mishanoook Tribal Lands are located immediately adjacent to the Muddy Pond Preserve.
From the entrance, follow the maroon blazes into the property. The trail extends along a ridge above the pond, up and down some moderate (and occasional challenging) hills. Toward the end, there is a loop. The entire route, from the parking area, around the loop, and back, is a total of 2.3 miles. Extend your walk, and catch a glimpse of Route 44, by following the 0.5-mile High Point Trail, blazed in yellow. It too features some challenging elevations.
Habitats and Wildlife
According to the property’s website, “The Preserve sits at the northernmost reaches of the Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens. This forest type is globally rare, and found only in New Jersey, Long Island, and Southeastern Massachusetts and its islands. The Pine Barrens are dominated by pitch pine and black, white, and red oak trees.” There are also some maple and birch trees, as well as fern, sweet pepperbush, and viburnum, and several small outcroppings of quartz.
The Muddy Pond Wilderness Preserve abuts Route 44. On the other side of the highway, there are another 775 acres of woodlands, including Camp Nekon and the Kingston Town Forest. A concrete tunnel under Route 44 provides a wildlife corridor.
Waters on this property flow southwest through cedar swamplands and eventually into Doren Brook, which joins with Muddy Pond Brook to form the Winnetuxet River. The Winnetuxet River originates in Carver, near the Cole Mill site, and flows west through Plympton and Halifax to the Taunton River.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: No
Size: 322 acres
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Parking: The small parking area (3-4 vehicles) is located on Bishops Highway, one mile west of Route 80.
Trail Difficulty: Easy, Medium, Hard
Bridge, informational kiosk, Rewilding Photo Point.
Dogs: Dogs must remain on leash.
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: No
Scenic Views: Yes
Waterbody/Watershed: Muddy Pond / Doren Brook (Taunton River watershed)