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High Ledges Wildlife Sanctuary

Patten Road, Shelburne Falls, MA
978-464-2712
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Hiking, Viewing foliage
Most recent review
- Jan 12, 2014
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Northampton, Massachusetts, USA
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132 reviews 132 reviews
36 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Massachusetts Audubon runs more than 50 wildlife sanctuaries all over the state, and this is one of my favorites in Western Mass. Gorgeous view of the Deerfield River valley and surrounding hills is especially stunning in the fall (it's more crowded in autumn, especially at the Ledges overlook). According to the Mass Audubon website, High Ledges has almost 600 acres... More

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Greenfield, Massachusetts
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Don't expect to see too many people in this lovely Nature preserve, and that is just fine with me. We travel to the summit often and gaze out over Shelburne Falls. You can take the short trek to the top in about 15 minutes, or you can wend your way along the several Nature trails (which can be quite muddy... More

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bronx
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46 reviews 46 reviews
26 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

We enjoyed our hike at this small, somewhat remote Audubon Society reserve. The landscape was beautiful, a mix of pristine forest, swamps, bogs, and overgrown orchards. Occasional overlooks to the valleys and towns below were exciting relief to the mostly dense, dim forest. the small scale and pretty good markings make this a manageable place for short, gentle hikes.

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Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts
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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

i can walk here from my house or can drive to the entrance off patten. in either case it is a lovely hike and in the spring it is the place to go to see lady slippers.

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Brattleboro, Vermont
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

This is just a lovely location. You can park at the end of the road and walk in--it's not very far. Or make it a bike ride (it's a heck of a climb up to the parking lot, so don't attempt it if you aren't in shape). One of my favorite memories of High Ledges is of sitting out an... More

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Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2012

Nice family type hike, known as a good area for birdwatchers. Not much elevation change, water runs alongside for some of it, and vernal pools (I think) appear in spring. You know you are near tye look out when you come upon a a chimney of what used to be a cabin in the woods. The chimney itself was built... More

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Charlemont
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2007

The best place to view wildflowers, birds and wonderful views of the valley. I feel it is one of the nices places in the country. Lots of trails to hike. A great place to spend the day. It takes many days to do all the trails. In the spring you can see hundreds of lady slippers (flowers) Look only, and... More

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