About Pleasant Valley

The barn at Mass Audubon Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in winter

Set amidst more than 1,000 lush acres in the Berkshires, Pleasant Valley’s varied trails wind through forests, meadows, wetlands, and along the slopes of Lenox Mountain, making this site an excellent location for easy-to-strenuous hiking.

While exploring, there’s a good chance you will see evidence of the sanctuary's most visible wildlife resident—the beaver—via dams, dens, or lodges.

Location

472 West Mountain Road, Lenox, MA 01240
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Hours

Nature Center & Barn

Open every day, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Indoor, accessible restrooms are located in the Barn; portable restrooms are also available.

Trails

Open daily, dawn to dusk

Admission

Members & Lenox Residents: Free
Nonmembers: $5 Adults, $3 Seniors (65+), $3 Children (2-12) 

As a way to give even more people access to nature and to thank active military for their service, we are proud to offer:

EBT Participants: Free for up to 4 people when you show your EBT card
ConnectorCare Card to Culture Participants: Free for up to 4 people when you show your ConnectorCare card
Wonderfund Access: Free for up to 4 people when you show your Wonderfund card
Active-Duty Military: Free for up to 5 people with a valid military ID card

Visitor Guidelines

For your safety and to avoid conflicts with wildlife, please review all guidelines (including leaving dogs at home) before you visit.

Facilities

Acres

1,405

Trail Mileage

7 miles (universally accessible: 0.3 miles)
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Sanctuary Highlights

  • A universally accessible All Persons Trail that winds past towering hemlocks to a boardwalk, where visitors can watch for wildlife from a deck overlooking Pike’s Pond, with trail materials in large print, Braille, audio, and tactile formats.
  • A challenging hike to the summit of Lenox Mountain for unrivaled views of the Berkshires.
  • Active beaver colony that can sometimes be viewed from the Pike’s Pond viewing platform.
  • Canoe trips offered on the Housatonic River and area lakes from late June through Columbus Day.
  • Berkshire Nature Camp, which has been connecting children with the nature of the Berkshires' outdoors since 1947.