About West Mountain

Butterfly at West Mountain © Richard Johnson
© Richard Johnson

West Mountain, situated within the watershed of the federal Wild and Scenic-designated Westfield River, is 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 (trail map)

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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Managed by Central Properties


Trails: Open daily, dawn to dusk


Free, donations appreciated