Accessibility at Arcadia
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Mass Audubon strives to create a welcoming presence for a wide range of visitors, including making our sanctuaries and nature centers more accessible for all to enjoy.
Find out more about Mass Audubon's accessibility work.
127 Combs Road
Directions and/or public transit information
- Nature Center
- Trails: Sensory Trail
- Accessible Map:
Individual copies of the trail map are available in printed or tactile formats, and Braille guide is available in the Nature Center.
- Audio Tour
Download our trail guide booklet (pdf)
The trail begins at the north side of the nature center. This trail is an 850-foot accessible loop, beginning on a wooden boardwalk with a hand rail, continuing on a wide, level crushed stone path with a guide rope, and returning to the main entrance of the nature center. The boardwalk
portion may be traveled in both directions if you prefer a shorter walk or decide not to continue on the path.
All stops along the trail are marked by a round wooden bead on the hand rail or along the guide rope. Within reach of the round bead, there is a sign with the stop name and number in print and Braille. A square bead indicates that there is seating nearby.
The first four stops are along the boardwalk next to a vernal pool. The next two stops are on a large deck that intersects the boardwalk from the right and separates the vernal pool from a fire pond — two very different wetland habitats.
From the deck, we continue on the boardwalk for two more stops as we transition to a field habitat. The last four stops will be on the path that encircles this managed grassland habitat. At the last stop, you’ll be directed back to this building.
On your way back, you might like to stop in the picnic area behind the Nature Center to have lunch or just spend time enjoying the sounds from the field and woods on either side.
We hope you’ll enjoy your visit and that this trail will open your senses in new ways.
We have provided an audio tour for our accessible trail which you can access by:
- • Listening on Your Phone
- You can call and listen to the audio tour on your cell phone as you enjoy the trail.The phone number is 413-272-0006 (your normal cellphone charges apply).
The phone tour has a menu so that you can select the stop you would like to hear about.
- • Downloading the Audio Tour
- You can download the Audio Tour and play it on your iPod or other MP3 player.
Zip file (contains all of the MP3 files)
See fullsize trail map as well as other online and downloadable maps
Overview map of accessible areas:
Directions and Public Transportation
Pioneer Valley Transit Authority Paratransit Info
There is also a public bike path nearby.