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Pleasant Valley Sanctuary

472 W Mountain Rd, Lenox, MA 01240-2037
413-637-0320
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Ranked #3 of 12 Attractions in Lenox
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Birdwatching, Viewing wildlife, Hiking
Description: This 1,500-acre sanctuary, along the slopes of Lenox Mountain, features several miles of hiking and biking trails.
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Sleepy Hollow, New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Located off the main drag, this sanctuary was a very pleasant way to spend a few hours, and a wonderful way to take in some fresh air. There are trails for every level of hiker from casual to serious.

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Totowa, New Jersey
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Beautiful and peaceful walk on the trails. There are trails for every level making it very accessible to everyone. We did not see much wildlife; however, we were told by a fellow hiker that they saw a black bear along the trail. Needless to say, I was happy we didn't have our own encounter!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We took the ledges path up to the summit and it was a moderately steep hike up. Definitely wear good footwear! Nice views at the top with a bench to rest on. Took an unmarked trail back down, thinking it would link up with other trails but it never did (our fault) and we somehow ended up on the other... More

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Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

My husband and I spent the morning walking around the property in the well groomed trails. It was a great way to spend a day. We saw many woodland critters, chipmunks, birds, frogs, turtles, and a rabbit, but were a little disappointed that we didn't see any beavers. We saw the dams that they built, but sadly no beavers. Maybe... More

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Stuart, Florida
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110 reviews 110 reviews
62 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

In the midst of all our cultural activities, sitting and standing rather still became a bit much. This beautiful preserve afforded the movement we needed to reinvigorate!

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Brooklyn, NY
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We only did a few trails- Pike's pond, Yokun, and Alexander, just to see if we could see beavers. We saw neither hide nor hair but apparently the scat I'd been seeing as we walked around the pond was Bear- he was relatively young, we think, but he was bright eyed, super still, and very alert, when we caught sight... More

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Sudbury, Massachusetts
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133 reviews 133 reviews
23 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Really enjoyed this hike up to the top of Lenox Mtn. Thought it would be a quick jaunt, but it was a 840 foot vertical hike taking a bit of time to reach the top. Great view of the area from there. Well marked trails and well maintained area.

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Sayville, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We enjoyed hiking on the trails in the sanctuary. We didn't get to see any wildlife, besides some minnows in the pond.

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Cork, Ireland
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73 reviews 73 reviews
7 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We spend a morning walking through pleasant valley to the top of the mountain, it is a beautiful location and excellently sign posted, nearly impossible to get lost. A great way to spend the day.

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Suitland, Maryland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Pleasant Valley Sanctuary is so aptly named. It is very pleasant, by this I mean relaxing. It is also a sanctuary for wildlife. My son and I saw 3 beavers at dusk at the Pike's Pond. We also saw lots of garter snakes near the Beaver Lodge trail and lots of red spotted elf newts on the upper trail to... More

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