Lynes Wildlife Sanctuary
At this sanctuary, you will find mesic forest, shrubby fields, wetlands, and old stone walls that speak to its farming roots. The sanctuary is near 3,000 acres of forest close to the Holyoke watershed and is visited by many animals—large and small. A path leads from the parking area to a one-mile loop trail. Take a peaceful walk through this former orchard. Look for towhees and other woodland birds, including several species of woodpeckers. You might also see a fox, a black bear, or a moose. Spring is a special season to visit as the trail winds through a dense mountain laurel “avenue” covered with blossoms. Listen for the haunting melody of the wood thrush and migrating warblers as well as the music of water rushing over rocks in Lyman Brook located along the trail.
This property is managed by Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary.
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Open every day, dusk to dawn.
- For Your Safety
- Do not feed any animals
- Stay on trails to avoid ticks and poison ivy
- Do not smoke anywhere on the sanctuary
- Do not pick or collect plants or crops without permission
- Avoid Conflicts with Wildlife
- Do not bring pets, leashed or unleashed, on to the site
- Picnic only in designated areas
- Do not bring motorized vehicles or bicycles onto the site
- Hunting, fishing, or trapping are not permitted
Mass Audubon Members enjoy FREE admission.
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Suggested Donation: $2 for nonmembers
From the Mass. Turnpike (Rt I-90):
Take exit 4 to I 91. Merge towards Holyoke. Take exit 18 to Rte 5 north towards Northampton center. Turn left on Main street. Bear left onto Rte 66. Follow to Edwards Road. The Mass Audubon parking area is 0.75 miles ahead on your left.
From Northampton center:
Take Rte 66 8.2 mi. Turn left on Edwards Road. The Mass Audubon parking area is 1.3 miles ahead on your left.