About West Mountain

Butterfly at West Mountain © Richard Johnson
© Richard Johnson

West Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary is situated within the watershed of the federally-designated Wild & Scenic Westfield River. It's part of one of the largest aggregations of conserved land in Massachusetts. 

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



Trail Mileage

1.3 miles
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Sanctuary Highlights

  • In an area characterized by rugged hills with forests of northern hardwoods.
  • Spring ephemeral wildflowers along the trails.
  • A spruce-fir forest, a forest type typically found farther north.
  • Programs occasionally offered by Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary.


Prospect Street, Plainfield, MA 
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Trails: Open daily, dawn to dusk


Free, donations appreciated