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“Fragrant grasses and peaceful ponds” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Pleasant Valley Sanctuary

Pleasant Valley Sanctuary
Ranked #3 of 24 things to do in Lenox
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This 1,100-acre wildlife sanctuary, along the slopes of Lenox Mountain, features 7 miles of hiking trails and offers nature programs for adults and children throughout the year.
Danbury, Connecticut
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79 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Fragrant grasses and peaceful ponds”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013

Wildlife sanctuary in just a few minutes of driving off rt. 7 in Lenox. How did we miss it all of these years? Well maintained trails are prepared for light hiking or simply strolling and observing birds and dragonflies. Beautiful, quiet ponds are inhabited by fish, and even beavers. We were lucky to spot a beaver swimming in the middle of the pond. The proud little animal was swimming silently, very happy with himself, then probably noticed us and disappeared diving without making any sound.

Visited July 2013
3 Thank LeopoldsFriend
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Boston, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2013

Lovely, memorable hike at this beautiful sanctuary. We took the trail all the way up to the overview and had the trail almost completely to ourselves. The climb up is somewhat challenging but was worth it. The care taken to maintain the trails, upkeep the visitors center and trip the wildflower fields is impressive. Mass Audubon loves this place and it shows. Check out the solar panel right next to the farm and the bottle refill station. So cool!

Visited June 2013
2 Thank nattyagudin
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“great birding”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2013

Excellent birding, including mountain bluebirds as well as beaver lodges that are easily visible. One down side: no insect spray at the otherwise lovely visitor center and gift shop, so remember to bring your own.

Visited June 2013
Thank SunflowerBoston
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“great visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2013

Visted during a touring holiday of new england with family. Recomended by a local. Nice lady in the office gave us so many tips about our sunday morning walk.. you could take the long way or short way...we chose longer as it was so peaceful.
The views of the forest and the pools just stunning.
So many birds to see, blew us away.so well signed you coukd not get lost.
We intended to have a stroll for an hour but stayed for four hours. Would love to get back and explore more.

Visited May 2013
1 Thank john k
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“My Spirit Home”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2013

I come here all the time. What do I love about it? It has anything and everything. You can hike to a mountain top. You can hike alongside scenic ponds. You can walk along waterfalls. In the winter , they offer snowshoe rentals for a very nominal fee. In the summer, it is bursting with green. The fall offers a kaleidoscope of colors. My son and I see animals there a lot. They have a beaver pond. A short walk just before dusk will ensure a viewing (see my photo below!). It costs $5 to get in unless you're a member. I know people don't feel like they should have to pay to be outdoors, but it's a good cause and helps maintain the grounds. It's also good to have the office there to check in with and leave the make and model of your car. The place is big and getting lost (or injured) is possible. It's good to have the staff as a safety net (cell reception here can be thready.)

Visited May 2013
1 Thank Buskahhh
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