There’s nothing quite like some time in the great outdoors to refresh and rejuvenate you. The Berkshires’ own Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary offers 1,000 acres of just such a cure – and it’s only 20 minutes from Federal House Inn!
A branch of Mass Audubon, Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Lenox, MA features over 7 miles of trails through more than 1000 acres of wooded and wildlife-rich forests, meadows, and wetlands with many ponds and flowing streams.
Hiking trails at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary include a variety of challenge – from light to strenuous, so there is something for outdoor enthusiasts of all levels of ability and interest. There is even a universally accessible All Persons Trail with a boardwalk and deck overlooking an active beaver pond and featuring access to trail materials in large print, Braille, audio, and other tactile formats.
Maps of the trails can be downloaded from the Mass Audubon Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary website or collected at the sanctuary office upon arrival.
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, as the name implies, is a wonderful place to spot wildlife in its natural habitat. Birdwatchers and photographers will be especially pleased with the number of birds that make the sanctuary their home. Geese, ducks, and several species of hawks use Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary as a breeding ground and wide array of migratory species can be found here at different times of the year.
Beyond birds, Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a number of insects and mammals, including an active beaver colony. The dams, dens, and lodges of these industrious creatures can be found throughout the sanctuary and quiet observers can even sometimes catch sight of the working on their dams!
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary also offers programs and activities for visitors of all ages: guided canoe trips, wildlife demonstrations, guided hikes, gardening classes, and special events.
Whether you’re ready to get sweaty on the trail or just stopping by for a quick breath of fresh air, Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary offers a wonderful way to connect with the unparalleled natural beauty of the Berkshires.
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
472 W Mountain Rd, Lenox, MA
For hours, trail maps, event guides, and more, be sure to visit the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary webpage at: www.massaudubon.org
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary Lodging
Just 20 minutes down the road from Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Federal House Inn, in South Lee, MA is here for you with our centrally located located, stately and comfortable Berkshires B&B. Our central location provides easy access to southern Berkshire’s most popular attractions, including Tanglewood, the Appalachian Trail, Jacob’s Pillow Dance, The Norman Rockwell Museum and so much more. At Federal House Inn, your room is always ready for you!