American Lotus on Mud Lake by Town of Roxbury

Natural Resource Areas

Natural Resource Areas are set aside for the protection of a valuable natural environment. This can include habitat protection and open space preservation. Lands are open to the public year-round for hiking, fishing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, wildlife observation, nut, berry & mushroom picking, and nature study. However, there are typically not any designated trails or areas for these uses. Hunting and trapping is prohibited, unless it’s allowed by a County deer & turkey archery permit, trapping permit or within a designated wildlife area. Please be aware of this potential use and plan accordingly for hiking or other non-hunting recreation during the hunting season. Metal detecting, geocache, and on-leash dog walking are allowed by permit only. Dogs must be leashed to protect ground nesting birds or other wildlife. Permits are not available at the properties, but they can be purchased online or at the Parks office. Additional recreational uses may be established by a future property master plan. Prohibited uses include the use of motorized vehicles, bicycling, horseback riding, camping, and off-leash dog walking.

Facilities, such as parking areas, restrooms, or trash receptacles are not typically provided at natural resource areas. Visitors can park along the road for walk-in access or at designated parking areas (if provided). All trash must be carried out.

Some lands are leased for crop production to help control invasive plant species until the area is restored to its native habitat. Users should be respectful of this by not damaging the crops or disrupting any farming activities. Sustainable forestry practices may also occur on the land.

Natural Resource Area Property Maps