Peru WMA Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife East Windsor Road Parking Area West
East Windsor Road, Peru, MA

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About East Windsor Road Parking Area West

The western parking area on East Windsor Road provides access to the middle section of the Peru Wildlife Management Area, a 5,000-acre forest excellent for hunting/fishing, wildlife viewing, and primatively exploring the woods of the Berkshires. The forest consists of northern hardwoods, with maple, birch, white ash, black cherry, and American beech trees being most prevalent. Although the area is mostly dry, wetlands are scattered throughout the property in lower regions. The forest has a rolling topography, with a consistent elevation variance of about 200 feet over moderately steep slopes. The WMA has no maintained trails, so visitors should be prepared to navigate the terrain independently. However, it is possible to stumble across old forest roads that have been reclaimed by nature.

This parking area is most frequently used for hunting, as it quickly immerses visitors into dense, unspoiled forests teeming with wildlife. Commonly caught game includes white-tailed deer, ruffed grouse, snowshoe hare, black bears, and eastern coyotes, while waterfowl can be found in the property's wetlands. The most accessible wetland from this parking area is roughly a half mile south by  Fuller Brook, which has historically been dammed by beavers, creating wetland habitats. Additionally, Trout Brook to the east is a well-defined stream, but it has fewer surrounding wetland habitats due to its steep banks. Both streams are solid fishing areas containing native and stocked trout.

Wildlife viewing and birding opportunities are abundant throughout the WMA, as its diverse and rich natural landscape harbors a thriving wildlife population. In fact, the Peru Wildlife Management Area may be the best place to see a moose in Western Massachusetts, though sightings are still rare due to the animal's limited population in the state. In the winter, many enjoy tracking and identifying animal footprints in the snow.

Overall, this location is best suited for visitors looking to explore or hunt in the diverse natural landscape of the Peru Wildlife Management Area. This unofficial parking area is located near the intersection of Frary Road and East Windsor Road, with remnants of an old forest road marking the site.

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