This scenic and ecologically diverse area of 1,200 acres in several parcels encompasses Tully Mountain itself; 3,000 feet of frontage on the West Branch of the Tully River and one of its tributaries, Collar Brook; and Tully Meadow, where beavers have engineered parts of the river into a rich wetland. Incredibly diverse, the area boasts at least 13 habitat types, including various kinds of forests, swamps, seeps, talus slopes, and open bedrock slabs. The river is stocked with trout and the old fields with pheasant, and deer, bear, bobcat, coyote, turkey, raccoons, snakes, woodcock and numerous other species visit or make their homes here.
The magnificent 22-mile Tully Trail traverses forested sections of the WMA and follows the public road along the meadow. The long-term plan is to relocate the trail off-road, a project that will require a lengthy footbridge across Collar Brook. Tully Meadow is the dedication site of the North Quabbin Bioreserve, where a combination of state and private agencies and willing private landowners have protected over 120,000 acres - truly a landscape-scale conservation project.Directions:
From Athol center, turn north onto Exchange St. and cross bridge. Turn left onto Pequoig Ave. and go about 6 mi. to WMA on right. (Pequoig Ave. becomes Pinedale Ave. and then Tully Rd.)