Things To Do at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

Pleasant Valley Wildlife SanctuaryGuests staying at our Berkshires bed and breakfast have a wealth of activities to participate in.  Cultural events, museums, outdoor activities, shopping and more are right at your fingertips when you stay at the Gateways Inn in Lenox, MA. One popular place for nature lovers to visit is Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary.  This branch of Mass Audubon is located on over 1000 acres of ponds, streams and wooded areas.  Visitors have a lot to take in at Pleasant Valley Wildlife sanctuary, so we’ve put together a short guide of things to do during your time there.


Birding & Wildlife Viewing

Pleasant Valley sees a multitude of birds throughout the year, making it a great place to go birding. Breeding species at the sanctuary include geese, ducks and several types of hawks. Along with the numerous bird species, the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is home to an active beaver colony.  The presence of the nature’s builders can be seen throughout the sanctuary via intricate dams, dens and lodges.  The beavers are also sometimes seen working on the dams from the viewing platform on Pike’s pond.



Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary has a total of 7 miles of trails, each with varying difficulty.  The easiest of the trails is the All Persons Trail or Pike’s Pond Trail Loop. This trail is an easy walk that is less than a mile and covers mostly flat ground around Pike’s Pond, which is a good place to view beavers at dusk.  A longer 1.5-mile hike of the Yokun/Beaver Lodge Trails Loop offers great views of the northern beaver ponds and the Lenox Mountain ridge.  This trail is popular amongst birding enthusiasts.  The most strenuous of the trails is the Ledges/Overbrook Loop, which is 3 miles round-trip and takes about 2 hours to complete.  The hike up is a tough 850 vertical foot trip to the top of Lenox Mountain.  This trip rewards hikers with views of Mount Greylock, the Taconic Range and the Catskill Mountains.


Programs, Classes & Activities

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary has programs and activities to interest all age groups.  Whether you’re experienced in nature, or are just familiarizing yourself with the terrain, Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is a worthwhile trip. Naturalist guided canoe trips to view various flora and fauna are offered providing a unique view of the sanctuary. Other programs include wildlife demonstrations, hikes, gardening classes and more. To check out the schedule of events and programs, click here.


No matter what you decide to do during your visit to Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, you’ll find that the natural beauty of the Berkshires is unparalleled.  Your choice of accommodations should be just as lovely. The Gateways Inn’s elegantly decorated rooms and suites have luxurious furnishings and amenities to make your time with us comfortable and enjoyable.  Each stay is includes a full breakfast, so you’ll be ready to take on whatever the day has in store for you. A stay at the Gateways Inn will make your time in Lenox all the more special.


Photo courtesy Chuck Szmurlo via Wikimedia Commons.