The High Ledges Wildlife Sanctuary is owned and maintained by the Massachusetts Audubon Society. It is arguably the most beautiful 586 acres in the Region and is accessible year round. On an extensive trail system, High Ledges boasts a large inventory of native plants and wildflowers and is a haven for naturalists, photographers, and everyone who appreciates scenic views and unspoiled terrain.
Among them 20 species of Orchids and 30 species of ferns. Wildflowers many of them rare are best viewed May through September. October features fantastic fall foliage views of the Village of Shelburne Falls, the Deerfield River valley and Mt. Graylock. When winter snows carpet the sanctuary you can navigate the trails on snowshoes.
The sanctuary is open all year dawn to dusk. Visitors are requested to comply with regulations such as: No pets on or off leash. Don't pick any plants. For a complete list of these regulations plus directions contact the Massachusetts Audubon Society:
Take only pictures, leave only footprints.
There is a small admission fee for non-members: $3.00 for adults, $2.00 for children and seniors .
Take Rt 2 west to Rt 91 (Greenfield rotary). At the rotary, continue west on Rt 2 toward Shelburne for 6 miles. Take a right onto Little Mohawk Road and bear left at the junction onto Patten Road. Continuing on Patten Road, go left at the next junction and then bear right. The sanctuary entrance is approximately 0.5 miles on left. Follow the road to the small dirt parking area on your left or park in the overflow lot at the corner of Patten Road and the sanctuary road.
Please note: Access to the interior parking area is discontinued due to deteriorating road conditions and other factors. You may park your vehicle in the small lot located on the sanctuary road approximately 800 feet west of Patten Road or in the overflow lot at the corner of the sanctuary road and Patten Road. Please do not park on the sanctuary road; it is also a private driveway and must remain accessible for maintenance and emergency vehicles. The ledges are located approximately one mile from the parking area.