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Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

Birding in Massachusetts

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Massachusetts Audubon Society
West Mountain Road
Lenox, Massachusetts 01240
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Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary (Mass Audubon)
Coordinates: 42.39371, -73.29325
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About Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Set amidst more than 1,000 lush acres in the Berkshires, Pleasant Valley’s varied trails wind through forests, meadows, wetlands, and along the slopes of Lenox Mountain, making this site an excellent location for easy-to-strenuous hiking.

While exploring, there’s a good chance you will see evidence of the sanctuary’s most visible wildlife resident—the beaver—via dams, dens, or lodges.

At Pleasant Valley in Lenox, seven miles of well-marked walking trails include three popular loops that you can explore.
All Persons Trail/Pike’s Pond Trail Loop
A mostly flat and easy 30-40 minute walk (less than one mile) around Pike’s Pond; usually a good place to observe beavers at dusk.
Yokun/Beaver Lodge Trails Loop
An easy one-hour walk (1.5 miles) offering views of the northern beaver ponds and the Lenox Mountain ridge. Great for birding.
Trail of the Ledges/Overbrook Loop
An 850 vertical foot strenuous hike (2 hours and 3 miles round-trip) to the top of Lenox Mountain (2,126 ft. elev.) Enjoy the vista of Mount Greylock to the north, the Taconic Range to the west, and the Catskill Mountains of New York to the southwest. Caution—due to steep slopes and possible slippery conditions, the Trail of the Ledges should only be hiked up, not down.
From Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary webpage