Visitors may view and photograph wildlife in a variety of settings such as along the forty miles of gravel roads, walking along wooded pathways, following stream courses, or while hiking in the deep woods. Many areas on the division provide scenic vistas of the Nulhegan Basin and the surrounding mountains. Visitors can access the Division's lands and vistas by passenger vehicle, snowmobile, or on foot (or cross country skis or snowshoes in winter) to enjoy wildlife observation and photography.
Most visitors come to the Refuge because it is well known as a place to see moose, bear, a multitude of breeding birds, and spectacular views of the surrounding mountain ranges. People can hike, ski, or snowshoe anywhere on the refuge to view and photograph wildlife, flowers, and the scenery. At this time there are two primitive trails on the refuge. Cherry Pond is linked to Little Cherry Pond by a loop trail that winds through a forested bog community. A series of bog bridges were installed by the Friends of Pondicherry to protect the saturated bog soils. The second trail is a section of the Cohos Regional Trail. It enters the refuge from the east off Whipple Road, leads to Cherry Pond, then exits near Highway 115 in the southeast corner.
The mile-long, fully accessible trail at Fort River allows
visitors an up-close and personal look at diverse wildlife and habitats. The
trail meanders through a series of successional habitats from grasslands to upland
forest and provides important habitat for fish, grassland birds and a variety
of herps and mammal species. The Fort River Division is located on Moody Bridge Road in Hadley, Massachuseetts
Wildlife viewing and photography are also allowed on most of the other divisions and units of the refuge. Please contact the refuge manager at (413) 548-8002 Ext. 112 to inquire about specific locations.