An abundance of Berkshire wildlife and hiking trails await you at the beautiful Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. One of the highlights of the sanctuary is the multitude of beavers that reside there. Visitors who take a stroll by Yokun Brook will discover a collection of so-called lodges that are made of mud and tree branches. This is where the beavers, who are nocturnal, hang out during the day. During the spring, you can witness salamanders migrating along West Mountain Road. Hikers will appreciate the seven miles of trails that make their way through wetlands, meadows, hardwood forest, and around the perimeter of Lenox Mountain. Trails are open from dawn to dusk. Canoeing is also very popular. Trips are available from mid-May through Columbus Day on the Housatonic River and several lakes.
There are many rules to abide by when visiting Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, including not feeding animals, staying on trails to avoid poison ivy and ticks, no smoking, no picking of plants or crops, no pets, picnicking in designated areas, no motorized vehicles or bicycles, and no hunting or fishing. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary also features a Nature Center, which is open Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, Sunday, and Monday holidays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission to the sanctuary if free for Massachusetts Audubon members while it’s $5.00 for non-member adults and $3.00 for non-member children (ages 2 to 12) and seniors.