Get out into the great outdoors of the Berkshires with a visit to Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. The 1,142 acre reserve includes a large beaver pond, 7 miles of trails through a variety of habitats, and plenty of wildlife.
Actually, the Massachusetts Audubon Society runs three separate Wildlife Sanctuaries within reasonable driving distance of Applegate Inn. There’s Canoe Meadows in Pittsfield, Lime Kiln Farm in Sheffield, and Pleasant Valley in Lenox.
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Looking for a little outdoor excursion during your stay in the Berkshires? Why not head to Lenox and the Pleasant Valley Sanctuary, only eight miles from our Bed and Breakfast Lenox.There are very easy trails as well as more challenging treks where one can reach an old fire tower at the top of the peak. A beautiful view, of course, is the reward for your efforts to get to the top! In a couple months the sanctuary will be full of song birds coming home for the spring. You will also find a variety of water fowl, including egrets, herons and others in the little ponds that one passes on the trails.
Another unique aspect of Pleasant Valley is the beaver population. They were introduced to this area and one can see the many dams and nests they have built along the water’s edge. They are nocturnal animals, so a sighting is a rare treat, but there are benches and boardwalks built into the paths to allow for rests or patient viewing.
Along with beaver homes in Yokun Brook, there is also a large salamander migration here every spring along West Mountain Road. Trails lead through forests, meadows and wetlands along the slopes of Lenox Mountain. The sanctuary includes over 1300 acres. We hope you might enjoy a little Berkshires nature while visiting our Bed and Breakfast Massachusetts!