About Tracy Brook

View of rookery, beaver lodge, and woods at Tracy Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

Named for Tracy Brook, a stream that has been impacted by industrious beavers for more than 50 years, Tracy Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Richmond is wetland surrounded by woodlands.

Simon Tracy and his family, some of the earliest local settlers of Yokuntown (now incorporated as Richmond) operated a sawmill along the brook. The brook feeds into the 218-acre Richmond Pond.

Acres

21

Trail Mileage

N/A 

There are no trails at Tracy Brook. Instead, you can take in the scope of the sanctuary, including a large heron rookery, from the pull-off on Swamp Road.

Sanctuary Highlights

  • Active beaver dams, which form a wetland complex ranging from open water to forested swamp.
  • Up to 22 active Great Blue Heron nests, many viewable from the pull-off with a spotting scope or binoculars
  • Other wildlife spotted includes bear, bobcat, and otter as well as a variety of waterfowl and turtles.
  • Part of a wildlife corridor between Pleasant Valley and Pittsfield State Forest and within the Berkshire Wildlife Linkage Area.
  • Programs offered through Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary.

Location

Swamp Road, Richmond, MA Get Directions >
Managed by Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

Hours

Daily, dawn to dusk
(Limited parking, please use caution.)

Admission

Free, donations appreciated