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Massachusetts is a beautiful state to visit. From beaches to mountains, they have it all. A place you must visit is the Mass Audubon Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Because of its rich, loamy soil, you'll also find a thriving population of wildflowers. This beautiful location that spans Easthampton and Northampton is a favorite among its visitors.
Not only can you fully explore 4 beautiful miles of trails that also includes an 850-foot universally accessible trail that overlooks a vernal pool, but the amazing trails also meander through a wide diverse terrain of forest, meadows, grasslands, marsh, and wetlands. This is an extraordinary attraction that also attracts a variety of beautiful wildlife.
Each season presents new and exciting opportunities to explore and understand our ever-changing landscape and its inhabitants. These boardwalks and trails offer easy and accessible views to several habitats. Whether it's vernal pool, pond, forest, edge, and old-field, you won’t be disappointed. Don’t forget to stop by the butterfly garden on your next trip here.
The next time you are walking along Arcadia’s miles of trails, be sure to look for signs of white-tailed deer, black bear, otter, beaver, and other interesting creatures. If you canoe along the river on a summer’s night during one of their programs, you’re likely to see an enchanting display of fireflies on your path.
Arcadia is located in close proximity to the Connecticut River. This prime location places Arcadia in an important migration route as well as a vital wildlife corridor. Because of the many unusual species that were recorded in Arcadia Meadows (the West Meadows) and the Ibis Pool, the area is widely known and visited by birders.
Home to three “Priority Natural Communities” that are state listed as rare and imperiled, these unique communities of plants are found in only 20 or fewer other locations across the Commonwealth. The most visible ones from the trail network is the floodplain forest that contains lovely large silver maple, shagbark hickory, and black birch trees.