Shelburne Fire Tower and High Ledges Wildlife Sanctuary

Date and Time

Tuesday, September 27, 2022, 9:00AM - 1:00PM


Mass. Audubon High Ledges Trailhead, Shelburne Falls, MA,
Massachusetts, Connecticut River Valley,


Registration is required for this activity.

Registration is closed


The Shelburne Ridge and the trails in the HIgh Ledges Audubon Sanctuary are a lovely place to hike, with some stellar views (and possibly some colorful foliage) along the way. On this 6-mile hike, we will visit the Shelburne Fire Tower and make a loop around the outer perimeter of the wildlife sanctuary. Our hike takes us along miles of beautiful stone walls and skirts an abandoned beaver pond. Footing is generally good, with the exception of one short, steep section, where we will be scrambling up rocks. Shoes or boots with good tread are recommended. The stairs inside the fire tower are quite dark--headlamps may be helpful. Total elevation gain: 858 feet (loss:-812 ft.) Map is not working well, so use driving directions below.

AMC Trip Policy

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Driving Directions

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At the junction of Rt 2 and Rt I-91 continue west on Rt 2 toward Shelburne for 6 miles. Take a right onto Little Mohawk Rd and bear left at the next junction onto Patten Rd. Continuing on Patten Rd, bear left at the next junction and then bear right. The sanctuary entrance is the second left at approximately 0.8 miles. Be careful--GPS directions are not always correct. We will meet at the first parking area on the left.

high ledges



Offered By

Western Massachusetts



Nearby AMC Destination

Noble View Outdoor Center




Adults (18+)


Margot Lacey is an enthusiastic hiker, backpacker, biker and cross-country skier. A native New Englander, she has a natural affinity for the local mountains, but also enjoys the big skies and switchbacked trails on the high mountains of the Western U.S. and Europe. For the past two summers, she has been Director of Weeks 1 and 2 of AMC's August Camp.