Dorothy Frances Rice Sanctuary for Wildlife

Peru, Massachusetts

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A 276-acre property laced with well-marked trails and stone walls. Red spruce, balsam fir, and northern hardwoods clothe this home to moose and beaver. Park clear of the locked gate on the wide gravel turnout. Trail maps may be available at the large sign. Walk eastward down level, grassy Rice Road flanked by large white ash trees and sugar maples. Soon reach a mowed side path on the left that leads to a beaver dam and pond built by the masterful rodents. Be alert for beavers and abundant bird life in the surrounding vegetation. Continue east on the road lined with red spruce, red maple, black cherry, and striped maple.
AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires

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AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires

by Rene Laubach (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

A 276-acre property laced with well-marked trails and stone walls. Red spruce, balsam fir, and northern hardwoods clothe this home to moose and beaver. Park clear of the locked gate on the wide gravel turnout. Trail maps may be available at the large sign. Walk eastward down level, grassy Rice Road flanked
by large white ash trees and sugar maples.

Soon reach a mowed side path on the left that leads to a beaver dam and pond built by the masterful rodents. Be alert for beavers and abundant bird life in the surrounding vegetation. Continue east on the road lined with red spruce, red maple, black cherry, and striped maple.

© 2015 Rene Laubach/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Peru
Distance: 3.8
Elevation Gain: 570 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: NEFF, P.O. Box 1346, 32 Foster Street, Littleton, MA 01460 (978-952-6856; newenglandforestry.org).
Local Maps: USGS Pittsfield East
Driving Directions: Directions to Dorothy Frances Rice Sanctuary for Wildlife

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