About Canoe Meadows

Downy Woodpecker female on a tree at Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary (Kristin Foresto/Mass Audubon)
Downy Woodpecker (female)

Located just one mile from the center of Pittsfield, Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary brings wilderness to Berkshire County’s largest city. The sanctuary's varied habitats attract warblers, turtles, Ospreys, otters, and the occasional black bear at different times of year.

Gentle, flat trails wind through the sanctuary’s scenic woods, fields, and wetlands, and along the edge of the Housatonic River.



Trail Mileage

3 miles (0.3 miles universally accessible)
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Sanctuary Highlights

  • Weekly guided bird walks in spring and fall.
  • Spectacular scenery observed from various points on the trail.
  • Home to a Community Garden, accessible to local green thumbs who want to grow organic vegetables and flowers for a small fee.
  • Sackett Brook, the restored flowing stream and floodplain forest.
  • More than 60 acres of contiguous open field, which provides critical breeding habitat for grassland birds. 
  • Programs regularly offered through Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary.


Holmes Road, Pittsfield, MA
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Trails: Open daily, 7:00 am–dusk


Free, donations appreciated

Property Regulations

All of the land at our wildlife sanctuaries is protected. By conserving these open spaces, Mass Audubon, along with our members and partners, is able to fulfill its mission of protecting the nature of Massachusetts.  

  • No dog walking or horseback riding; please leave all animals and pets at home (service animals welcome
  • No walking off trail  
  • No collecting or picking natural items.  
  • No bike riding or operating motorized vehicles; day passes are available for powered mobility devices   
  • No running, swimming, or camping 
  • No operating drones or other remote-controlled vehicles   
  • No fishing, hunting, trapping, or releasing of animals   
  • No feeding wildlife   
  • No smoking