Walking in Westchester and More

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Angle Fly Preserve

Primrose St, Katonah, NY

A 654 acres preserve offering hiking, fishing, cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing, bird watching, and nature study. It was named after the last natural brook-trout spawning stream in Westchester. Bow hunting is allowed in season. No dogs allowed. There is also access near the Somers Library (82 Primrose St, Katonah) with connecting trails from Reis Park.

Blue Mountain Reservation

Main entrance:
435 Welcher Ave, Peekskill, NY // Additional parking on Montrose Station Road

Located in Peekskill, there are a range of trails for hiking and mountain biking.

Briarcliff-Peekskill Trailway

N 41 15.317 W 73 53.744

Excellent long trail. Tree shaded and perfect for a warm summer day. One parking option is at a turnoff on Watch Hill Road, Cortlandt Manor, NY:

Brinton Brook Sanctuary

main parking area alternative parking on Arrowcrest Drive, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520

The largest sanctuary managed by the Saw Mill Audubon with just over 3 miles of clear, well marked trails and a pleasing pond with frogs, dragonflies, etc. Dogs are allowed on leash.

Bruce Park

Bruce Park Dr, Greenwich CT

Really pretty park stretching along the I95 in Greenwich. Pond, croquet court. Dogs are welcome.

Burden Preserve

Sheather Rd, Mt Kisco, NY

The town of New Castle recently acquired a great open space area which used to belong to William Burden, the ambassador to Belgium under Dwight Eisenhower. From the parking area off Sheather Road you will find a set of trails looping through this 124 acre wetland area, crossing streams, passing ponds, and climbing a small hill with views to the southeast.

Butler Sanctuary

Chestnut Ridge Road, Mt Kisco, NY

A very pleasant Nature Conservancy park in Bedford located across the street from the larger Westmoreland Sanctuary. It's an IBA bird sanctuary with an interesting bleecher stand hawk watch located near the main entrance. There are a few miles of marked trails with some moderate hills. It's easy to loose oneself so taking a trail map is recommended. Dogs allowed.

The main entrance and parking for a dozen or so cars is located off of Chestnut Ridge Road on the west side of the 684 at (N41 10.950 W073 41.191). There is also an entrance off of Byram Lake Road (N41 10.452 W73 41.239).

Bye Preserve

High Ridge Road, Pound Ridge, NY

Small, 23 acre preserve in Pound Ridge with a short loop hiking trail through a nice hilly landscape with some pretty large rocks. Parking for a few cars. No pets allowed.

Camp Smith Trail

Carolin's Grove

Stone Hill Road, Pound Ridge, NY

Small preserve with a couple of trails. Dogs are allowed in parts, but not in the wildlife refuge area.

Choate Sanctuary

Route 133 and Crow Hill Road, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549

Parking is sometimes available in the furthest west corner of the Mount Kisco Presbyterian Church parking lot alongside Route 133 and across from the sanctuary or on Red Oak Lane. Dogs are permitted on leash. The small sanctuary has approximately 1 mile of walking trails, clearly marked.

Clark Preserve

Autumn Ridge Road, Pound Ridge, NY

William Clough Nature Preserve

Farm to Market Road, Patterson, NY

A small parking lot with room for 4 or 5 cars is at the trail head. The trail from the parking area branches into two major trails leading to the 46 acre Ice Pond on the edge of the Great Swamp. The left-hand trail goes through the woods. The right-hand trail skirts a wetland. Both trails rejoin just prior to the railroad tracks at the Ice Pond. Dogs allowed.

Cranberry Lake Preserve

Old Orchard St, White Plains, NY

A 190 acre park with hiking trails around a lake and an old quarry. The park is open dawn to dusk, daily. The Nature Lodge and front gate are open Wednesday-Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. No dogs allowed.

Crawford Park

N Ridge Street, Rye Brook, NY

Mrs. Crawford left her mansion and property to the Town of Rye to be used as a park for passive recreation. The grounds are large enough for a brief stroll. Dogs are allowed in this park, but not in the adjacent park to the south.

Croton Gorge Park

RR 129, Croton-on-Hudson, NY

During the summer season, there is a parking fee in Croton Gorge Park. However, you can easily access the park by foot, from the Dam or the Old Croton Aqueduct. Dogs allowed on leash.

Croton Gorge County Park

park location

Located a short distance south of Croton Gorge Park, and may possibly be part of the same park though labelled separately on the map. Access both parks via the Old Croton Aqueduct, aka Old Croton Trail State Park.

Croton Point County Park

Croton-on-Hudson, NY

Seasonal parking fee may apply. Dogs allowed on leash. Huge parking lot, many picnic tables.

Edith Read Sanctuary

Near Playland, Rye Ny

Great waterfront sanctuary located next to Playland. When Playland isn't open there is free parking, $7 otherwise. Drive through the large lot and keep going following signs to Edith Read where there is a smaller parking area. No dogs allowed.

Fairchild Wildflower Garden

N Porchuck Rd, Greenwich, CT

This 135 acre sanctuary is not a formal garden, but a natural area, with introduced wildflower species and some interesting terrain. Approximately 8 miles of trails wind through the landscape with a stream, pond, wetland meadow, red maple swamp, hillside wetland, emergent freshwater marsh and a wetland scrub thicket. Plus shady gorges with mature deciduous forest and a grove of white pines.

The is a small parking lot at the entrance on North Porchuck Road. No dogs allowed, though they have a cute sign telling the dogs this in "dog language".

FDR State Park

take FDR park exit from the Taconic, Yorktown Hts

Formerly known as Mohansic Park and Mohansic State Park, this park was created in 1922 on the former site of the Mohansic State Hospital. In 1923, Westchester grew over 20,000 species of pine, spruce and evergreen trees on the park grounds which were used for transplantation in other Westchester parks. During the Great Depression, a Civilian Conservation Corps Camp was placed in the park, and several buildings remain. In 1957, New York State acquired the property. It was renamed to Franklin Delano Roosevelt State Park in 1982.

This is a large park in Yorktown with a number of facilities (pool, lake, boat launch, picnic areas) in addition to hiking trails. There is a parking charge on weekends starting mid-May and Daily from Memorial Day-Labor Day. Alternate parking may be found at Downing Park, off of rt. 202 N 41 17.599 W 073 48.581, where connecting trails will lead you into FDR Park.

Field Farmstead Preserve

63 Fields Lane, Brewster, NY

This small preserve is located at the top of the hill in front of Brewster Ice Arena. There is parking at the ice rink.

Five Islands Park

10 Le Fevres Lane, New Rochelle, NY

Flint Park

10 Locust Ave, Larchmont

A large recreational park with fields and tennis courts. It also has a waterfront nature trail, boardwalk, and marsh with birdlife and views of the sound. No dogs allowed.

Franklin - Fels Memorial Sanctuary

Parking area on Lakeview Rd, North Salem, NY

The Ruth Walgreen Franklin and Winifred Fels Memorial Sanctuary is 204 acres of mainly low deciduous woodlands, Red Maple Swamp and Shrub Swamp. It's been mostly undeveloped, but is gradually being improved by the Bedford Audubon society. Dogs may not be allowed, but there was no signage specifically disallowing them as of May, 2007.

Gateway Park (aka Hudson Highlands Gateway)

Sprout Brook Road, Cortlandt, NY

A very nice woodland park with some hills and streams and a couple of scenic view points. Trails are slightly hard to follow. Dogs allowed on leash. Parking is at the ballpark across the street on Sprout Brook Road.

Gedney Park

174 Millwood Road, Millwood, NY

At 126 acres, this is one of New Castle’s largest parks. It is extremely varied, with fields, wetlands, a manmade pond, streams, rock walls, and steep rocky woodlands. It is very popular with dog walkers. There is a backdoor entrance on Barnes Lane N41 10.839 W73 47.922 with room for a few cars at the end of the cul-de-sac.

George's Island County Park

Dutch Street, Montrose, NY

A 208 acre waterfront park with a boat launching area. Dogs are allowed on leash.

Glazier Arboretum

Whippoorwill Rd, Chappaqua, NY

Nice 44 acre park with trails through open fields and forest. The park contains demonstration areas of how homeowners can live with nature including a deer resistant garden, selected shrub plantings, and bird boxes.

Glenville Woods

Parking at N 41 03.717 W 073 50.025

A 44 acre park in Greenburg with some hiking trails and a lovely pond next to a play area. No dogs allowed.

Graff Sanctuary

Furnace Dock Road, Croton-on-Hudson, NY or Briggs Lane

Very nice small audobon nature sanctuary located across the street from Oscawana County Park. Don't blink, or you'll miss the entrance on Furnace Dock Road. There is another entrance near the end of Briggs Lane. Walk up the private driveway of the last house on Briggs Lane to the trail head at N41 13.551 W73 54.817. Dogs allowed on leash.

Graham Hills County Park

750 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, NY

Graham Hills Park features several miles of aggressive single track for the intermediate to advanced rider. Hikers on busy weekends should watch out for speeding cyclists. The entrance is located in Pleasantville on Rt 117, just East of the Taconic State Parkway. Dogs allowed.

Granite Knolls Park

Parking near Woodlands Legacy Fields // Parking on Buckhorn St, Shrub Oak, NY

This is a relatively new park with lots of hiking trails through the woods. There seems to be no direct access to the park, but it can be reached from the Yorktown Taconic Trailway by parking at the end of Buckhorn St. Alternatively, the park can be reached from Woodlands Legacy Fields Park and crossing over the freeway via the Taconic Bridge Trail.

Greenburg Nature Center

99 Dromore Rd, Scarsdale

There is a fee to visit the nature center, but no charge to walk the trails on the property. The property includes 30 acres of woodland and two significant wetland sites. There is a large parking lot. No dogs allowed.

Guard Hill Park

W. Patent Road, Bedford

Small park with 0.5 miles of hiking trails that rises to a small summit where General Washington's patrols were posted during the American Revolution. An unmarked parking area can be found just north of #284 West Patent Road.

Haas Sanctuary

73 Sheather Rd, Mt. Kisco, NY

Small, 14.5 acre nature preserve on the Eastern edge of New Castle featuring beautiful rock formations and large tulip and sugar maple trees. Small trail system. Dogs allowed.

Halle Ravine

Trinity Road, Pound Ridge, NY

Parking for the preserve is on the side of the road near a white gate at N 41 13.011 W 73 33.748. The preserve has one basic trail that takes you down the ravine and back with a few side spurs.

Harbor Island Park

Mamaroneck Ave and Boston Post Rd, Mamaroneck, NY

Park with harbor views and lots of parking for playing fields.

Hardscrabble Wilderness Area

20 Dogwood Lane, Briarcliff Manor

Beautiful 235 acre wooded park/preserve with winding hiking trails in Briarcliff Manor. The main entrance is off Dogwood Lane. There's another entrance and room for 1-3 cars to park near 309 Hardscrabble Rd., but the way in from Dogwood is more scenic. The place is popular with dog walkers.

Harts Brook Park

Ridge Road, Hartsdale, NY

This 123-arce preserve is the former Gaisman Estate. It is open dawn to dusk, and has 2.5 miles of trails through primarily pristine woods with streams, ponds and meadows.

Hemlock Brook Preserve

1144 Baptist Church Road, Yorktown Hts, NY

The roadside opening to the preserve is small and between two homes. No marked trails in the 14 acre preserve.

Hillside Park

Judson Ave, Dobbs Ferry

Hilltop Hannover Farms

1271 Hanover Street Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

Three separate, inter-linked trails in 134 acres of forest. Open from dawn to dusk. Parking area located across the street on the east side of Hanover Street next to the fruit stand. No Dogs allowed.

Open 10am - 4:30pm year round with 3.5 miles of hiking trails.

Hudson Highlands State Park

parking near Cold Spring

Located near the Westchester -- Putnam County borders. This large park includes Breakneck Ridge and the Appalachian Trail passes through it.

Hunt Parker Sanctuary

parking off North Salem Road, Katonah, NY

The James Ramsay Hunt and Mary Welsh Parker Memorial Sanctuary boasts a well-established marked trail system through a variety of habitats in this 318 acre park.

Hunt Woods Park

Central Parkway, near Devonia Ave, Mt. Vernon, NY

A 21 acre preserve in Bronxville/Mt Vernon with a short bit of hiking trails along a stream. Very popular spot with dog walkers.

Hunter Brook Linear Park

Fox Tail Lane, Yorktown Heights, NY

Another gem of a small park in Yorktown Heights with at least one trail. The trail head is approximately 0.1 miles west of the small parking area. No dogs allowed.

Hunter Brook Preserve

Beekman Court, Yorktown Heights, NY

A 45 acres preserve along the stream corridor of the Hunter Brook, an important tributary of the Croton Reservoir, in Yorktown.

Juhring Nature Preserve

208 Briary Rd, Dobbs Ferry, NY

This 76 acre preserve is Dobbs Ferry’s largest park. The woodland preserve has several hiking trails. Dogs are allowed.

The estate was named for John C. Juhring III, a landscape architect, who acquired the property in 1909 and whose Belden Avenue residence was at one time contiguous to the current 76 acre parcel. By the early 1960s the land was owned by Edward J. Tobin and Reuben Chase, both investors, who were planning to subdivide the property into 115 lots. Public outrage prompted the village government to acquire grants from the federal and state governments to purchase the property as open space. The only stipulation that came with the federal and state grants was that the land remain undeveloped, open and available for the public to enjoy.

East Irvington Nature Preserve

335 Taxter Rd, Irvington NY

Small wooded Preserve. Dogs allowed.

Irvington Woods

Cyrus Fields Road, Irvington, NY // or // Mountain Road, Irvington

Large park with clearly marked trails through the woods. Dogs allowed.

Ketchum Memorial Sanctuary

Bedford, NY

A 26 acre park located near St. Matthews Church in Bedford. Parking can be found near the rear of the church parking lot. Dogs allowed.

Kingsland Point Park

299 Palmer Ave, Sleepy Hollow

Small, 18 acre park near the 1883 Tarrytown Lighthouse. There is a small dog park.

Kitchawan Preserve

712 Kitchawan Road, Ossining, NY 10562

Popular, dog friendly hiking area. Park hours 8am - dusk. An additional parking area for the North County Trailway at N 41 13.876 W 073 46.746 gives access to the north side of the preserve.

Koegel Park

Tomahawk St, Somers

66 acres of woodland with a few trails can be found in this small park bordering the North County Trailway in Somers. The park boundary is fenced along the trailway, but there is an entrance with a side trail linking to the NCT at N 41 19.828 W 073 45.451 Park hours 8am till dusk, dogs allowed.

Larchmont Reservoir

687 Weaver St, Larchmont NY

Hiking trails around a couple of lakes. Dogs allowed.

Lasdon Arboretum

2610 Route 35, Somers, NY

Leatherstocking Trail

Multiple entrances include: Highland Rd, Larchmont // N 40° 56.827 W 073° 46.118

Nice trail running between houses in Larchmont and also crossing through Saxon Woods.

Lenoir Preserve

90 Dudley St, Yonkers

Small, 40 acre preserve with a few trails and bird watching. No dogs.

Leon Levy Preserve

Rte 123, South Salem, NY

There is a postage sized parking area for this 386 acre preserve.

Letherstocking Trail

Lewisboro

Long Pond Preserve

Mead St and Chapel Road, Lewisboro

Small preserve with 0.7 miles of trail next to Lake Waccabuc.

Marion Yarrow Preserve and Mount Holly Sanctuary

Holly Hill Ln & Mt Holly Rd, Katonah, NY 10536

Two small, very nice adjacent preserves in Katonah. Marion Yarrow has a lovely little waterfall. Trails in Mount Holly Sanctuary can be a bit muddy. Dogs allowed on leash. There is a small parking area for 2-3 cars along Mount Holly Road just north of Holly Hill Lane and an additional parking area for a couple more cars across the street a short distance north. An additional entrance with room for a car or two can be found off of East Mount Holly Road at N 41 16.524 W 073 37.306 .

Marsh Sanctuary

S. Bedford Rd (Rte 172), Mt. Kisco, NY

Parking lot next to the caretakers house on Rte 172. Large 156 acre preserve with ample walking trails. Dogs allowed. Other trail entrances are to the SE on Sarles St and faint trails can be found in from nextdoor Leonard Park. Additional parking off Sarles St.

Marshlands Conservancy

300 Boston Post Rd, Rye, NY

The only extensive salt water marsh in Westchester. No pets allowed. Restrooms, maps and information are available at the nature center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday and most holidays.

Merestead

455 Byram Lake Road, Mount Kisco, NY

Merestead is Scottish for farmland. The park property includes the former Patterson estate with 2.3 miles of hiking trails. Open daily 8am till dusk. No dogs allowed.

Eugene & Agnes Meyer Preserve

Oregon Road, Armonk, NY 10504 additional parking on Sarles St opposite Bretton Ridge Rd // more parking at Oregon Road dead end

A 247 acre Nature Conservancy preserve in Armonk. Some rugged sections, with rock outcroppings and a stream that creates a small but beautiful hemlock gorge leading to a red maple swamp. No dogs allowed.

Mianus River Gorge

167 Mianus River Rd, Bedford, NY 10506

This was one of the first Nature Conservancy properties and is only open from April 1 - November 30 (closed in winter). It is in Westchester County NY near the Connecticut border. The Mianus River continues south into CT and the neighboring Mianus River Park in CT is open year round. Parking (N41 11.170 W73 37.308) is near the north end of the gorge on Mianus Road (dirt) near the junction of 172 and 104. It is a private preserve, not a public park/recreation area and does not allow geocaching.

Mianus River Park

475 Cognewaugh Rd, Cos Cob, CT

The Connecticut side of the Mianus River has this busy park. Dogs are allowed on leash, but lots and lots of unleashed dogs can be encountered on the weekend. A river runs through it, many trails, mountain bike friendly, with limited parking off Merriebrook Lane and more parking on Cognewaug Rd.

Mianus River State Park Scenic Reserve

Howard Road, Greenwich, CT

In contrast to busy Mianus River Park, we seldom see anyone else in this Mianus Park other than the occasional geocacher or horse rider. Dogs are allowed. Be careful parking, as it is easy to get stuck in the mud at the turnouts.

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Montrose Point State Forest

Kings Ferry Road, Town of Cortlandt

This 100 acre area on Montrose Point has a couple miles of well marked hiking trails and a lookout point along the Hudson River. The largest Osage Orange Tree in NY can be found in the forest. Dogs are allowed on leash. Trails connect to neighboring George's Island County Park.

Henry Morgenthau

80 Pound Ridge Road, Pound Ridge, NY

No dogs allowed. Very small 32 acre preserve with pond. Iceskating in winter.

Mountain Lakes Camp

208 Hawley Lakes Rd, North Salem, NY

Huge, 1000+ acre park includes the highest point in Westchester County. Dogs allowed. There is also a trail head for the yellow trail on Hunt Lane at: N 41 19.319 W 073 33.415

Muscoot Farm

Route 100, Somers, NY

No dogs allowed. Otherwise it has a very nice trail system, ample parking, and farm display stuff for the kids. Easy car access from 684 - 35- 100.

Nature Study Woods

see Twin Lakes

Ninham Mountain Multi Use Area

Mt Ninham Ct, Carmel, NY

Large park with miles of hiking trails. Additional parking areas can be found on Nicolas Road and the main DEC lot is off Gipsy Trail Road. Dogs are allowed off leash.

Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park

The park follows the route of the Old Croton Aqueduct, which carried water into New York City from 1842 to 1955. Most of the structure lies beneath the trail. The aqueduct itself remains intact, and the northern sections continue to supply water to Ossining. There is a level 26-mile walking path from the New Croton Dam in northern Westchester to van Cortlandt Park at the New York City line.

Old Field Preserve

Mead St and Schoolhouse Road, Lewisboro

A 110 acre property with walks through fields as the name would suggest. The fields transition to forests as one heads east through the preserve, then pass by horse farms and more fields. A gravel drive into the parking area is located on Mead St opposite Schoolhouse Road. Trails link up with trails in Lewisboro Town Park to the south. Dogs allowed on leash.

Oscawana Island Nature Preserve and Oscawana County Park

Cortlandt Street, Croton-on-Hudson

The small island park to the west has a few trails and Hudson River access popular with fisherman. The larger Oscawana County Park has access points along the southern edge on Furnace Dock Road. The trails are poorly maintained and bushwacking is likely through spots. There are numerous ruins of an abandoned overgrown estate. There's also a small waterfall.

Pelham Bay Park

Bruckner Blvd, Bronx, NY

Pinecliff Sanctuary

Pine Cliff Road, Chappaqua, NY

A very cute little nature sanctuary with a board walk around a red maple swamp.

Pruyn Sanctuary

275 Millwood Road, Millwood, NY 10514

Dogs allowed on leash.

Ridge Road County Park

287 Ridge Road, Hartsdale, NY

A 236 acre county park with playgrounds and athletic fields. The undeveloped parts of the site are heavily wooded with trails. Some structures in the park were constructed by the Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) in the 1940's and have historical significance. Large parking lot. Dogs allowed on leash. The Hart's Brook Nature Preserve is across the street.

Rockefeller State Park

Sleepy Hollow Rd and Rt 117, Sleepy Hollow, NY

Excellent wide, well marked trails. Carriage roads are very easy for walking. Stunningly beautiful in the fall. Has streams with bridges, a nature center, Swan Lake, many birds. Dogs are allowed. Wheelchair and stroller friendly. The place is crowded on weekends, but nearly deserted during the week. Parking is $6, but free parking can be found near the trail head on Sleepy Hollow Road or along Rte 448 on the eastern side of the park.

Frederick P. Rose Preserve

Parking near Todd Rd and Salem Rd, Waccabuc, NY

This preserve consists of 180 acres in the northwest corner of Waccabuc. This property was once productive crop land and pasture but has reverted to forest. Remnants of the old farm house and barn foundations are visible near the south end of the preserve. There are approximately 2 miles of trails.

Rumbrook Park

Entrance on Dobbs Ferry Road, Hartsdale

Small town park with athletic fields, dog park, and at least one trail that loops through the woods. Dogs allowed on leash (off leash inside the dog park section).

Rye Nature Center

810 Boston Post Road, Rye, NY

This is a small park with a few well marked trails in the woods. No dogs allowed.

Saxon Woods Park

1799 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605 or N40 58.7 W73 44.7

Small back entrance on Old White Plains Road at N40 57.806 W73 44.871.

Large, 700 acre park with a variety of recreational activites (pool, golf, barbecue pits) in addition to hiking trails. Dogs allowed on leash, but not in the adjacent Weinberg Nature Center. The park straddles the Hutchinson Parkway. Parking lots can be found on the eastern side of the park on either side of the Hutch (Exit 23). Alternative parking choices include the Weinberg Nature Center on the west side just south of the Hutch (Exit 22), or street parking on side streets along Saxon Woods Road near the north end of the park. A small bridge entrance can be found across from Teramar Way. Parking fees may apply on weekends/holidays from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Silver Lake Preserve

8 Old Lake St, Harrison, NY // Additional parking: N41 02.600 W073 45.083

This 236 acre preserve has rugged topography with woodlands, steep rock outcrops, swamps, small streams and old stone foundations.

Betsy Sluder Preserve

Old Route 22, Armonk, NY // Back entrance on Shippen Rd

Small preserve with a few well marked trails. Can be overgrown and buggy in summer, but nice other times of the year. Dogs allowed. It's listed on some maps as the Whipporwill Ridge Park, but both entrances have signage calling it the Betsy Sluder Preserve.

Southeast Town Park

140 Pumphouse Road, Brewster NY

There is a large wooden playground built by community members along with two ball fields and access to Tonetta Lake which requires proof of residency and an access fee to use the beach area. There is no charge to use the rest of the park. There are woods with hiking trails at the southern end of the Great Swamp that can be easily accessed from the parking area next to the Town Recreation Center. No Dogs Allowed.

Sprain Ridge Park

Jackson Ave, Ardsley

A 278 acre park near Yonkers with wooded hiking trails. Other attractions include a pool and picnic areas.

Sunny Ridge Preserve

Croton Dam Road & Grace Lane, New Castle

An 82 acre preserve with 2.5 miles of walking trails on Rte 134 in Ossining. Opened by the town of New Castle in April, 2008. Dogs allowed.

Sylvan Glen Park Preserve

Morris Lane and Grant Ave, Yorktown, NY // additional parking: Quarry Dr or Stoney St

Large park with several hiking trails through woods and around the old Mohegan Quarry. One of the Old Leatherman's caves is said to be found in the park. There is ample parking, and dogs are permitted on leash.

Tarrytown Reservoir

Parking on Neperan Rd // 2nd Parking area

A paved path runs through the woods and along side the reservoir making it a good place for taking a stroll, walking the dog, or doing a little bird watching.

Tarrywile Park

Parking entrance on
Southern Blvd, Danbury, CT parking for trails is up the hill at N41 22.729 W73 27.139

Hiking trails, a permanent orienteering course, and more in this large park. Dogs on leash.

Taxter Ridge Park Preserve

Sheldon Ave, Tarrytown, New York

Nearly 200 acres of open space with plenty of natural features -- rock ledges, woodlands, streams, and wetlands.

Teatown Lake Reservation

1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining, New York

Nice park located around a large lake with a boardwalk. Dogs allowed on leash.

Tibbetts Brook Park

199 Teresa Ave, Yonkers, NY

Tibbetts Brook Park was one of the first parks developed by Westchester County. Its 161 acres offers woodlands, lakes, playing fields, playgrounds and a swimming complex. The walking/hiking trails include part of the 14-mile (23 km) South County Trailway which runs near the western side of the park, and part of the Croton Aqueduct Trail. There are parking fees during the summer months.

Tilly Foster Farm

Off the 312, Brewster, NY

This 199 acre property includes a farm with pens containing farm animals in addition to hiking trails through the woods. Hours 10am to 4pm.

Treetops State Park

Merriebrook Ln, Stamford, CT

A 100 acre park in CT bordering Mianus River Park on the south and accessible from the Mianus trails. It is open to visitors from 8:00 A.M. until sunset. Dogs are allowed on the property but must be kept on leashes. There are a few parking spaces on the Merriebrook Lane dead-end in Stamford.

Donald Trump State Park

French Hill:
Old Baldwin Rd, Yorktown // Indian Hill: Indian Hill Rd, Jefferson Valley

Two separate park sections approximately 4 miles apart: French Hill in Yorktown Heights and Indian Hill in Jefferson Valley. The French Hill section includes 154 acres in Westchester County. It is heavily wooded and has a 20-acre wetland area. The heights east of this spot were occupied by the French army under Rochambeau during the American Revolution. The larger Indian Hill includes 282 acres of woods, meadow and wetland straddling Westchester and Putnam counties. Dogs are allowed.

Turkey Mountain Park

Locke Lane, Yorktown Heights, NY

The entrance is off 118 across the road from Croton Heights Road (Which leads to Peter Pratts Restaurant). There is a sign for the park, but Peter Pratts sign is a little more visible. No dogs allowed in the park. A small loop system of trails with a lookout/summit point.

Twin Lakes/Nature Study Woods

Trail entrance on California Rd, Eastchester // Webster Ave entrance, New Rochelle

These two adjacent parks have 220 acres of woods, marsh, lakes, ponds and some fields along the Hutchinson River in New Rochelle and Eastchester. There's a nice loop around the reservoir and several access points. Dogs are welcome.

V. Everit Macy Park

Ardsley, Ny

A tiny little park along the Saw Mill Parkway. It can only be entered going Northbound at exit 19. Parking here provides access to the South County Trailway.

Van Cortlandt Park

Parking at the north end of the park at
Lee Ave & Forest Ave, Yonkers

Located at the top of the Bronx, just below Yonkers, this park is over 1000 acres. There's an amazing amount of wooded places for a park so close to NYC. Many trails, not well marked.

Warburg Park

Pinesbridge Road, Millwood NY 10562

Small park with a few miles of hiking trails. Dogs allowed.

Ward Acres Park

Broadfield Road and Quaker Ridge Rd, New Rochelle, NY

Ward Pound Ridge Reservation

Entrance kiosk is near Michigan Rd after the 35/121 junction

The largest park in Westchester, it charges $10 admission. Dogs are allowed. Westchester Amateur Astonomers have monthly stargazing meetings in the large meadow, with free admission. The Hudson Valley Orienteering Association also has meets in the park once or twice a year.

Westchester Wilderness Walk

Upper Shad Rd & Miller Rd Pound Ridge, NY 10576

Excellent well marked trails (8-9 miles in total) with trees lining the sides plus ample signage with well marked trail forks. A nature walk at the beginning. Some trees have identifying labels, and a ruin of a house can be found. Trails are a bit rugged, some small streams, well lined with rocks to stay dry. Dogs are allowed. There is parking at the main south entrance on Upper Shad Road at N41 10.543 W73 35.965. Also, limited parking at the entrance further east on Upper Shad Road at N41 10.831 W73 35.143.

Westmoreland Sanctuary

260 Chestnut Ridge Road, Bedford, NY

Large 625 acre nature preserve in Westchester County with several miles of hiking trails. Located across the street from Butler Sanctuary. There is a museum/visitor center open on some days. No dogs allowed in the preserve.

Whippoorwill Park

390 Whippoorwill Rd, Chappaqua, NY

Woodsy 167 acre park with a pond and a few trails. Dogs welcome.


Other nearby areas

Appalachian Trail

Babcock Preserve

Greenwich, CT

Bear Mountain

James Baird State park

parking: N 41 41.495 W 073 47.495

Brett Woods Open Space

North St, Fairfield, CT

Clear Lake Scout Reservation

199 Clear lake, Putnam Valley, NY

Devil's Den

Pent Road, Weston Ct

Great huge park. Another entrance and parking can be found on Dayton Road in Redding, N 41 16.663 W073 23.177. No dogs or other pets allowed in this nature preserve.

Fahnestock State Park

Putnam Valley, NY

Fishkill Ridge

60 Old Albany Post Road, Cold Spring, NY

Nice gentle climb of approx. 1000 feet takes you up along Fishkill Ridge with some beautiful views of the Hudson and surrounding area.

Great Swamp Wetland

Covering 6,000 acres, the Great Swamp wetland area stretches for 20 miles through 5 municipalities: Dover, Pawling, Patterson, and Southeast.

Hemlock Hills - Pine Mountain

Main parking at Bogus Rd and Neds Mountain Rd, Ridgefield, CT

Great set of hiking trails, part of the Ridgefield Open Space. Hemlock Hills is (mostly) closed to all hikers from Oct 15 - Dec 18 when firearm hunting is permitted from Oct 15 - Dec 18, except Sundays and all of Thanksgiving weekend. Room for several cars in the small lot at Bogus Rd. Additional parking can be found on Pine Mountain Rd.

Hook Mountain State Park

Near Rockland Lake and Nyack Beach on the west side of the Hudson. No dogs allowed.

Jungle Habitat

Walter Kidde Dinosaur Park

W McClellan Ave, Livingston, NJ

Roseland Quarry, Riker Hill Fossil Site, and Walter Kidde Dinosaur Park are all contiguous to Becker Park in Livingston, NJ. Trails are a bit overgrown, but once you get to the slate bed area, one can spend time poking around looking for dinosaur tracks. Dogs allowed.

New Jersey Palisades Park

A long park along the Hudson River on the New Jersey side. One of its truly stunning hikes is along the Giant Stairs, a rock formation created by thousands of landslides over the eons. The trail here proceeds for about a mile scrambling across the rocks and large boulders.

Paugussett State Forest

Rockland Rail Trails

Franklin and Cedar Hill, Nyack // parking on Elizabeth Pl // small lot at Hudson Terr and Ash St, Piermont // Sparkill Town Square // more parking at the back of the Lowes parking lot, Highview Ave and Greenbush Rd, Orangeburg.

The Raymond G. Esposito Memorial Trail, Old Erie Path, and J.B. Clark Trails.

The R.G. Esposito Trail starts just south of main street in Nyack at S. Franklin St. & Cedar Hill Ave. and runs approximately 5 miles south to Piermont becoming the Old Erie Path along the way. The Old Erie Path turns west and links up with the J.B. Clark Trail in Sparkill. Unpaved, but flat trails great for walking, biking, and bringing the dog along.

  • Geocaches: GC1HAPR + 3 more along R.G. Esposito // GC3F2EE + 4 more along the Old Erie Path // GCMWHT + 9 more along J.B. Clark

Saugatuck Falls Natural Area

Saugatuck Reservoir

Seth Low Pierrepont State Park

60 Barlow Moutain Rd, Ridgefield, CT

Fairly large park in Ridgefield, CT with a few miles of hiking trails, a large lake for fishing, and dogs are allowed.

South Mountain County Park

Parking off Central Hwy // Access from the West side off Rte 45

From Central Highway one can access South Mountain County Park to the west or Hi Tor State Park to the east.

Sterling Forest State Park

Stewart State Forest

Storm King State park

Wappinger Greenway Trail

Wonder Lake State Park

Ludingtonville Road, Kent, NY 12531

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Last Updated: July 27, 2014