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Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary

Address: Holmes Rd., Pittsfield, MA
Phone Number: 413-637-0320
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Ranked #8 of 19 things to do in Pittsfield
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English first
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41 reviews 41 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Many years ago I lived close to this place and walked through it often. It was given to the Audubon Society by a wealthy patron named Graves. For peace and quiet this is the spot.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

I grew up about a mile away from Canoe Meadows, and remember when Mass Audubon opened it as a nature preserve. This is a wonderful place to feel like you're "in the middle of nowhere" while still being right in town. Yes, there are more impressive places nearby - but the beauty of the woods, the wildlife, the hills and... More 

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63 reviews 63 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

This is a really nice place to walk around for an hour. Fairly level, so it won't tire even a senior like me! Diverse habitats. The only problem is that some sections are prone to flooding. Enjoy!!!

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Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We went to this natural area while visiting the area. Three miles of trails (one unpassable because of water covering it), lakes, lovely bird blind, boardwalks, easy parking and a porta potty. Free attraction but they accept donations. Our only concern, which was mentioned in a prevous review, was a warning at the end about bio hazards and cleaning off... More 

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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Ease of access to wildlife -- bullfrogs, birds, flowers, bugs! With a treat at the end of the walk where you have a small man-made waterfall. A great place to take the kids to introduce them to nature. Grandparents too.

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Lenox, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

Please be advised when hiking through Canoe Meadows that is was a former dumping ground for General Electric's PCB's. I was appalled to discover this ON MY WAY OUT of the park. I have been a decades long member of the Audoban Society, and long term Berkshire resident, The Audoban Society has a responsibility to the public to better post... More 

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Weston, Massachusetts
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15 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

There are two trails in this wildlife sanctuary. The longer one is on dry ground and was quite lovely. The shorter one had sections under water which were impassable. We were there late morning and saw only a few ducks, but another person told us he had seen a black bear a few days earlier.

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Beautiful scenery, and we really enjoyed the wildlife viewing building where you can look out on one of the ponds. The trails are pretty flat and kept in good condition with clear signs to keep you on the right path. Be aware there is one porta-potty, no visitor's building or bathroom. The only downside to the visit was that there... More 

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

We go frequently; our friend Norene leads bird walks there on Friday mornings, and there are always wonderful spring wildflowers as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

This place is SMALL but it's dense. There are two ponds, one with a wildlife viewing structure at the end of a boardwalk. Toward the end is a very small waterfall and a stone bridge. There are fields of tall grass, wetlands, views of idyllic Berkshire hills, and forests. We always see something here whether it's a beaver or a... More 

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