Massachusetts Audubon Society West Mountain Road Lenox, Massachusetts 01240Official Website
Some will use this hotspot as a roadside birding location for West Mountain Road. One unique amenity this location has is an EV charging station.
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 foot elevation). 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.
The AllTrails website has a description and map of a hike at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary.
Restrooms on site
Wheelchair accessible trail
Content from Official Website and Noah Henkenius
Last updated November 24, 2023