Muddy Creek Headwaters Preserve

Acres: 17
Total Trail Length: .3 mile

Conservation History and Importance:

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Thanks to enthusiastic supporters from across the four-town Pleasant Bay Watershed raising $1.6 million, this 17-acre landscape with 1,400 feet of shoreline on Muddy Creek that flows into the bay was preserved by HCT in 2017. Kingfishers chatter creekside while red-tailed hawks and songbirds explore the forest and meadow.

The site was formerly occupied by an abandoned house and derelict tennis court. Through ecological restoration, 1.5 acres has been transformed into grassland habitat, resulting in a wildflower-rich meadow of black-eyed susans, partridge pea, butterfly weed, and blazing stars. The volunteer Chatham-Harwich Newcomers’ Woodworkers Club installed a trailhead kiosk and volunteer Eagle Scout Carl Furner led the effort to build three benches.

Trailhead Parking:
From Rt. 124 take Queen Anne Rd. approx. 0.5 mile east to the parking area on your left.
From the Rt. 39 rotary, take Queen Anne Rd. approx. 1.8 miles west to the parking area on your right.