Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
The refuge boasts 7mi of trails that lead through forest, wetlands and meadows, and along the slopes of Lenox Mountain. A beaver colony occupies the string of ponds in the valley; look for lodges along Yokun Brook. Canoe trips on the Housatonic River are offered from mid-May to Columbus Day. Come winter, the sancturary is a favorite spot for snowshoers and cross-country skiers.
Address:W. Mountain Rd 472, 01240 Lenox
[trails: open same days as Nature Center, dawn-dusk - Nature Center: Mon-Fri 9am-4pm, weekends and Mon Bank Hols 10am-4pm - closed Mon Colombus Day-end Jun. Maps of trails available at reception desk]