Bagg-Pierce Wildlife Sanctuary and Popp Conservation Area
Bagg-Pierce Wildlife Sanctuary (30 acres)
Lying along the Connecticut River, this area was begun in 1997 with the 30-acre donation by Malcolm Bagg to honor his wife and mother-in-law. Five additional acres, Popp Conservation Area, have been added to this sanctuary with a purchase funded by the Valley Land Fund. This site is partly in the 100-year floodplain. Included in the Bagg-Pierce Wildlife Sanctuary is the Popp Conservation Area, a one-acre plot located directly northwest and adjacent to Bagg-Pierce.
Several trails and an old woods road traverse the site providing access for wildlife viewing and enjoyment. The woods road is used for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. River View Trail (red blazes) crosses the flood plain to the Connecticut River. The Old Tree Trail (yellow blazes) crosses a small bridge and leads to the Ruffed Grouse loop trail (orange blazes).
Parking for two cars is available at the very end Edgewater Lane. From Alvord Street, take Riverlodge Road to Edgewater Lane. Follow the road until you take a sharp left. Look for several large boulders and a sign marking the trailhead on the right. Please respect private property owners living along Edgewater Lane.