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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Hours & Admission

Trails: Open daily, dawn to dusk
Free, donations appreciated

Property Regulations

All of the land at our wildlife sanctuaries is protected. By conserving these open spaces, Mass Audubon, along with our members and partners, is able to fulfill its mission of protecting the nature of Massachusetts.  

  • No dog walking or horseback riding; please leave all animals and pets at home (service animals welcome
  • No walking off trail  
  • No collecting or picking natural items.  
  • No bike riding or operating motorized vehicles; day passes are available for powered mobility devices   
  • No running, swimming, or camping 
  • No operating drones or other remote-controlled vehicles   
  • No fishing, hunting, trapping, or releasing of animals   
  • No feeding wildlife   
  • No smoking