Date Visited: September 3, 2016
Location: Holmes Rd, Pittsfield, MA (it is not clearly marked – it is about 2 miles down the road on the right hand side if you coming from the east)
Cost: Free but donations are appreciated
Parking: There is room for about a dozen cars (see photo below)
Trail difficulty: Easy
Park Size: 253 acres, 3 miles of trails
Time To Allot For Visit: 1 to 2 hours
Dog Friendly: No, dogs aren’t allowed on MA Audubon trails.
Highlights: pretty plants and flowers, a lot of wildlife, ponds, home to a community garden
Lowlights: Park is a little hard to find, some trails may be inaccessible or difficult to hike particularlywhen it rains
Web Site: Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary
Trail Map: Canoe Meadows Trail Map
I am always surprised at how some of the more beautiful areas to visit seem to be tucked away in the most unlikely places. It’s almost as though they are meant to be kept a secret for just the few people who are adventurous enough to find it. Such is the case with Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary. Tucked away on a busy side street in the otherwise sleepy town of Pittsfield, MA, Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary (ironically, you can’t launch a canoe or any watercraft there) is a haven for birds, the occasional water faring mammal or amphibian and beautiful flowers.
The paths at Canoe Meadows are clearly defined and there are benches, bridges and boardwalks along the trail.
What stood out most to me about Canoe Meadows are the colorful plants and flowers and the trees. The colors of the plants are so vibrant and the trees are nothing short of majestic. I love the mix of pink, purple, white and yellow flowers as you can probably tell by my photos.
There are also a lot of bees at Canoe Meadows pollinating this time of the year. There is a bee inside this flower. You may be able to barely see the bees sticking outside of the flower.
There are plenty of birds at Canoe Meadows. They do like to hide. So it is hard to get good photos of them.
I spotted this heron as he was flying away. I just wish I saw the bird earlier.
I also saw this chipmunk, one of the more common residents of the meadow.
There were also lots of frogs at the meadow.
Unfortunately, I did not see any of the otters, beavers and other critters that are said to inhabit this meadow (although I did see evidence of their existence there). If you go early in the day or are very quiet, you may have better luck. Good luck if you do try!
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