Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary – Hiking, Wildlife, and More!

beaver swimming  - Pleasant Valley Wildlife SanctuaryWhen it comes to spending time in the great outdoors, one of our favorite hiking spots is Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. The Sanctuary offers more than 1,000 acres of wilderness with over 7 miles of trials – and it’s located here in Lenox, just minutes from our Berkshires B&B!

Lenox’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is a branch of the Massachusetts Audubon Society. The sanctuary encompasses a wide range of habitat, on Lenox Mountain, including forests, meadows, and wetlands along the slopes of Lenox Mountain.

Wildlife at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

Birders and wildlife photographers love Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. As the name implies, the preserve is home to a wide variety of wildlife. Several migratory species use it as a stopover during different times of the year. The sanctuary also serves as a breeding ground for ducks, geese, and several varieties of hawk. (more…)

What You Need to Know About Hiking and Exploring Lenox Mountain

When exploring the beautiful Berkshires during your stay at Brook Farm Inn, don’t leave out Lenox Mountain. Located in the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox Mountain rises along the horizon at 2,126 feet. The majestic mountain offers some truly stunning panoramic views as well as a variety of hiking trails for your forest escapades. Enjoy the changing leaves in the autumn or the chirping birds in the springtime as you make your way to the peak. There are plenty of natural features and unique plantlife and wildlife to keep things interesting on your adventure. There are also a variety of hikes based on your level. You can opt for an easy loop or a more strenuous vertical session to the summit. Here are just a few things you will experience during your expeditions on Lenox Mountain.

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About Lenox Mountain

The wildflowers are in bloom. The serene clouds float overhead, soaring in between green leaves and tree branches as you look skyward. You look down to the dirt path below, dusted with small rocks, fallen leaves, and new undergrowth peeking out of the soil. You’re ready to hike Lenox Mountain!

Hiking Lenox Mountain

The Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary offers seven miles of walking trails as well as three favorite loops to explore. The Yokun/Beaver Lodge Trails Loop begins at an easy 1.5-mile walk that will take you just about an hour to complete. You will get some great views of the northern beaver ponds and some views of the Lenox Mountain ridge. This trail is ideal for birding. However, if you’re looking to get your feet on the mountain itself, you will have to take a bit more of a strenuous hike. A 3-mile round trip trail ascends Lenox Mountain in an 850-foot vertical climb. This two-hour trail is the Ledges/Overbrook Loop. It could be a challenge, but the panoramic views from the peak ofthe mountain are worth the tired muscles. Enjoy a vista of Mount Greylock to the north, the Taconic Range to the west, and the Catskill Mountains to the southwest. There are some steep slopes on this trail that deserve caution. For example, the Ledges Trail should only be hiked up and not down because of the slippery slope.

Other Activities on Lenox Mountain

Lenox Mountain isn’t just a great space for hiking. It is also ideal for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and mountain biking. The main trafficked loop around Lenox Mountain is accessible from April until October, while other areas are open during the winter months. Bartlett’s Apple Orchard is another great place to visit on Lenox Mountain. With 52 acres of orchards that produce about 20,000 bushels, you can pick a snack for the trails or enjoy some delicious fresh apple cider and baked goods.

Stay at Brook Farm Inn

After your Lenox Mountain adventures, come back to Brook Farm Inn for a relaxing getaway. You can enjoy our massage services after a long day of hiking or other strenuous outdoor activities. After a rejuvenating experience, settle down in your comfortable accommodations for the evening. Then, wake up in the morning to a delicious complimentary breakfast to start your day off right. For more places to explore in Lenox, MA, download our free vacation guide. We hope to see you soon!