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Misery Mountain WMA

Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) are open to the public for fishing, hunting, trapping, hiking, and wildlife viewing.

Towns: Hancock, Williamstown
Acreage: 649
Wildlife Management Zone: 1


Misery Mountain WMA consists of 2 parcels along the steep sloped terrain of the Taconic Mountain Range. Sections of this range rise above 2,000 feet and offer views of the Hudson River Valley to the west. This property consists mostly of northern hardwoods with some spruce and fir tree species. The western border of the property is also the border with New York.

Location, access, & parking

Roadside parking and access to both parcels of this property can be found along Hancock Road (Route 43). See WMA map.

Note: WMAs are intentionally wild, visitors will find natural landscapes rather than maintained trails.

Hunting opportunities

This property features steep inclines but contains excellent habitat and food sources for black bear and white-tailed deer. The nearby E. Howe Forbush Sanctuary and Taconic Trail State Forest provide additional habitat for these species.

Hunting regulations 

Wildlife viewing & other features

The Taconic Trail runs through portions of Misery Mountain and provides views of the Berkshire and Taconic mountains.

Get wildlife viewing tips.


About Wildlife Management Areas

MassWildlife owns and manages over 220,000 acres of land to conserve fish and wildlife habitats and provide access for outdoor recreation. All WMAs are open to hunting, fishing, trapping, and other outdoor recreation activities. Visit the MassWildlife Lands Viewer for an interactive map of MassWildlife properties.

You can support land protection in Massachusetts. Contributions to the Wildlands Fund help pay for the cost of acquiring wildlife habitat. Learn more about the Wildlands Fund

Contact   for Misery Mountain WMA


88 Old Windsor Road, Dalton, MA 01226

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