Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary


Spanning Easthampton and Northampton, Arcadia’s diverse terrain (forest, meadows, grasslands, marsh, and wetlands) attracts an extraordinary variety of wildlife. You will also find a thriving population of wildflowers, thanks to its rich, loamy soil, which is characteristic of the Connecticut River floodplain.

Sanctuary Highlights

  • Rope-guided universally accessible Sensory Trail, with interpretation available in seasonal audio tours, large print, Braille, and tactile formats.
  • Canoeing or kayaking on the Mill River though Arcadia or along the Connecticut River, where you’re likely to see a variety of wildlife.
  • Observation tower and wetland boardwalk, which offer wildlife viewing opportunities in sensitive habitats.
  • Nature play area, where kids can build fairy homes, add to or a tepee made of black locust and grapevine branches, or master the stump jump.
  • Great blue heron rookery with up to 60 nests and nesting bald eagles.


Johnny Miller

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Easy hiking trails through the woods and along the river. Lots of wildlife if you like that kind of thing. There is a visitor center and bathrooms for convenience. A field for kids to run around in and places for picnic lunches. A good place for a few hou r s or afternoon with the family.

K Frost

Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017

A great place to come for walks, interesting floodplain forest, plants, birds, etc.

Robert Stone

Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018

Love Walking Dog.

Sara Levy

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017

A beautiful sanctuary for strolls and observing wildlife

John R Drake

Friday, Feb. 2, 2018

Beautiful place to walk