Central & Western Massachusetts Trails

People walking at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary

Spotting spring wildflowers 

The Dutch and Mary Barnard Trail - High Ledges Wildlife Sanctuary, Shelburne

Length: 1.5 miles
Intensity: Moderate (some steep areas)
Fun fact: Showy, yellow, and pink lady’s slippers bloom around Memorial Day.

Breaking a sweat

Overbook Trail - Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox

Length: 3 miles
Intensity: Difficult
Fun fact: Pass a series of small waterfalls and northern hardwood forest while hiking to the summit of Lenox Mountain.

Seeing a porcupine

Porcupine Ledge Loop - Rutland Book Wildlife Sanctuary, Petersham

Length: 2.5 miles
Intensity: Moderate/Difficult (some short steep areas)
Fun fact: A great hike for adults and experienced child hikers, takes you past a rocky brook and a porcupine den.

Getting away from it all

Beaver Bend Trail - Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, Princeton

Length: 1 mile
Intensity: Moderate
Fun fact: Secluded benches allow opportunities for quiet observation.

Identifying a prehistoric looking “shaggy” tree

Fern Trail - Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton

Length: 0.5
Intensity: Easy
Fun fact: The shag bark hickory tree can be found in the largest protected flood plain in Massachusetts.

Crossing a brook by stone

Holdredge-Sprague Trail Loop - Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester

Length: 2 miles
Intensity: Moderate
Fun Fact: Test your balance (twice) while maneuvering the human-made “stone bridges” that cut right through a brook. Note: The stones can get slippery when wet.