Connecticut River Valley

Not sure where to start exploring? Try visiting one of our wildlife sanctuaries in the Connecticut River Valley. At Arcadia, friendly and incredibly knowledgeable staff members and volunteers will be happy to help you make the most of your visit!

Nature Center & Trails

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary

 
 

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Easthampton and Northampton
Trails: 4 miles

Diverse terrain (forest, meadows, grasslands, marsh, and wetlands) attracts an extraordinary variety of wildlife and is home to a thriving population of wildflowers. Details >

Just Trails

Conway Hills Wildlife Sanctuary

Butterfly © Richard Johnson
© Richard Johnson

Conway Hills Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Conway
Trails: 0.75 miles

A single loop trail with a moderate ascent takes you through a previously harvested white pine and hemlock forest, past aging stone walls, by a large sugar maple “wolf” tree, and over some rocky ledges. Details >

Graves Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

Graves Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Williamsburg & Whately
Trails: 2 miles

This form dairy farm is complete with dramatic geologic features, pristine cold-water streams, serene pastoral landscapes, and a rich forest canopy that supports birds such as wood thrushes and saw-whet owls. Details >

High Ledges Wildlife Sanctuary

High Ledges Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Shelburne
Trails: 5 miles

Enjoy spectacular views of the Deerfield River Valley and Mount Greylock from the ledges at the end of the sanctuary road. Spring is the best time to see many wildflowers. Details >

Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Hampden
Trails: 4 miles

Watch for kingfishers, orioles, signs of beavers, and water striders on the pond's surface at Laughing Brook, the former home of children's author Thornton Burgess. Details >

Lynes Woods Wildlife Sanctuary

Lyman Brook © Richard Johnson
Lyman Brook © Richard Johnson

Lynes Woods Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Westhampton
Trails: 1 mile

Take a easy loop walk along a quiet woodland path to crystal clear Lyman Brook and listen to the water rushing over rocks at this former working farm and orchard. Details >

Richardson Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

Richardson Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Tolland
Trails: 2.5 miles

A challenging trail meanders by large trees, boulders, and an old stone structure before ending at the sanctuary's namesake brook along the southern boundary. Details >

Road's End Wildlife Sanctuary

Road's End Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Worthington
Trails: 1 mile

Once a farmstead, a white pine forest now stands in the old field, and the two gentle trails loop by forests and a brook to transport you to “the middle of nowhere.” Details >

West Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary

West Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Plainfield
Trails: 1.3 miles

The sanctuary provides habitat for moose, black bears, otters, and bobcats as well as for a number of state-listed rare plants and threatened ground nesting birds. Details >