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Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary is a great spot to capture some peace and tranquility. Birds of all types abound and there are nice man-made perches and huts to view them from. Arcadia has a nice variety of terrain for a place that's relatively small and all the trails are flat and easily managed. Part of it borders an oxbow of the Connecticut River so that probably explains the abundant bird life since the oxbow is a perfect habitat for the amazing frequent fliers who migrate through or take up residence. I highly recommend it and if you haven't been to Northampton, MA. that's also a good reason to go since it has small town charm mixed with a touch of big city life. Arcadia is five minutes from downtown.

The following directions were taken of Arcadia's official website http://www.massaudubon.org/Nature_Connection/Sanctuaries/Arcadia/index.php
Take the Mass. Turnpike (Rt I-90) to exit 4 (Rt I-91 north) to exit 18 (Rt 5, Northampton). Take a right onto Rt 5 south. After 1.4 miles, take a right onto East Street at the sign for Easthampton Center (Oxbow Sports is on the corner). Follow East Street for 1.2 miles and turn right onto Fort Hill Road at the Mass Audubon sign. Go 0.9 miles and bear right at the next Mass Audubon sign and turn left into the sanctuary.

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