Lime Kiln Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, located here in Sheffield, Massachusetts, is a fascinating mix of history and nature, with rolling hills and flowering pastures. For those who love getting out into nature and exploring, it’s the perfect spot.
The Sanctuary’s name comes from a striking 40-foot tall kiln, built in the early 1900’s and used to turn the limestone that was quarried here into lime. Remnants of old wire fences and stonewalls are found nearby, leftover from the lands’ agricultural days.
Now nature has taken over the 260 acres, known to have more than 500 species of plants. Visitors here can delight in seeing a wide variety of birds, red foxes, green frogs and bull frogs, and more than 50 species of butterflies while hiking along two miles of well-marked trails.
Lime Kiln Loop, less than a mile long, wanders through a hayfield where bluebirds nest, offers stunning views of Mount Everett, then passes by the iconic kiln and a swamp that’s a favorite for birds. The Lime Kiln Quarry/Tatonic Vista Trail (1.8 miles long) begins on the Lime Kiln Loop, then branches off to a trail that leads to vistas of both the Tatonic Mountains and Berkshire Hills before connecting with Overbird Trail, a mixed woodland path where you can hear songbirds in spring and early summer.
Lime Kiln Farm Wildlife Sanctuary
Silver Street, Sheffield, MA
Open daily, dawn to dusk
You’ll find peaceful surroundings here at Staveleigh House too, where you can walk through the garden, relax in our hammock, or spend a lazy afternoon reading on the porch.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF LIME KILN FARM WILDLIFE SANCTUARY.