Amherst & Northampton, MA

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary

Sam Moore

This lovely patch of conservation land in Easthampton sits in the Connecticut River floodplain adjacent to the “Oxbow” bend, which was immortalized in the 1836 Thomas Cole painting. The Mass Audubon property consists of 4 mile of trail along ponds, forest, meadow, and the Mill River. Most of the terrain is flat and non-technical, although trails can get somewhat muddy in the spring and fall. For a nice tour of the property, start from the Visitor’s Center and head straight north onto the Old Coach Road Trail. Turn LEFT to follow the trail west, then turn RIGHT onto the River Trail. The River Trail becomes the Fern Trail, passing a bird observation tower above the Marsh. Follow the Fern Trail east to its end, then use the Horseshoe Trail and the Tulip Tree Trail to complete the loop. In total, it’s about 2.5 miles.

Add on: Manhan Rail Trail

  • 2.5 miles
  • Rolling Hills
  • Arcadia Visitor’s Center
  • O’Neil Street Bus Stop