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Pauline L. Murdock
Memorial Wildlife
Sanctuary

 

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The 68.5 acre Pauline L. Murdock Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Northeastern Adirondacks, about 0.5 miles east of the village of Elizabethtown, NY. A 0.4 mile nature trail allows visitors to explore this sanctuary filled with songbirds including blue birds and cedar waxing's. The trail winds through a northern boreal forest that features mature white pine's as well as eastern hemlock, red oak, red pine, beech and sugar maple trees. You might even see a white tail deer while hiking.

The sanctuary is also known as the Pauline Murdock Wildlife Management Area. It was created in 1974 as a gift from Robert Murdock when he donated the property to the state in the memory of his wife, Pauline. The Boquet River flows across the road from the sanctuary and features brown trout and rainbow trout fishing. The nature trail is marked with blue NY DEC plastic markers. Look below for directions, map and a few pictures of this small sanctuary.

Directions:  Take Exit 31 from I-87. Turn left (from I-87 North) or right (from I-87 South) onto NY 9N. Drive 4.2 miles on NY 9N to the village of Elizabethtown and turn right on US 9 North. Drive 0.3 miles and turn right onto County Route 8 aka Elizabethtown-Wadhams Road. Drive 0.5 miles to a grassy parking area on the right marked by a large NY DEC sign. The GPS coordinates of the parking area are N44 13.387 W73 34.758.

 

DEC Sign along County Route 8

Bridge and quick climb at start of Nature Trail

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