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Muscoot District

Serving: Armonk, Bedford Village, Bedford Hills, Brewster, Carmel, Croton Falls, Golden's Bridge, Katonah, Kent, Lake Carmel, Lewisboro, Lincolndale, Mahopac, Mahopac Falls, Mt. Kisco, North Salem, Patterson, Pound Ridge, Putnam Lake, Shenorock, Somers, South Salem and Vista

Bedford Audubon Society
35 Todd Road
Katonah, NY 10536
914) 232-1999
John Hannan
BAS services much of northern Westchester and Putnam Counties in southeastern New York State. It is this organization's mission to promote environmental education, grass-roots activism, public and private conservation efforts, preservation and protection of open space.

Bog Brook Wildlife Management Area (NYSDEC)
Route 22 & Foggintown Road
Putnam County
132 acres, upland, wetland, hiking trails, parking lot, viewing tower, birdwatching, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hunting, fishing and trapping.

Butler Preserve
Chestnut Ridge Rd.

Clarence Fahnestock State Park (http://nysparks.state.ny.us/parks/info.asp?parkID=129)
Office: Route 301 (West of Taconic Pkwy.)
Kent, NY
Fahnestock State Park has the most developed trail system in the county. A section of the Appalachian Trail meanders throughout the park. The Appalachian Trail now stretches from Maine to Georgia.

Cranberry Mountain Wildlife Management Area (NYSDEC)
Stagecoach Road
Cranberry Mountain, 467 acres, upland, hiking trails, parking lot, birdwatching, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hunting, fishing and trapping. This WMA is located in the Town of Patterson east of Route 22 approximately 63 miles north of New York City. A parking area allowing access is located on the west side of Stage Coach Road.

Halle Ravine
Trinity Pass Rd.
Pound Ridge

Hammond Museum and Gardens 
Deveau Rd.
North Salem

Indian Brook Assemblage
Mt. Holly Rd., Todd Rd.

John Jay House and Park
Rt. 22

Lasdon Park & Arboretum/Bird and Nature Sanctuary
Route 35, Somers
(914) 864-7260
234 acres features many species of trees and shrubs, including formal gardens in season. Hiking trails and a Vietnam War Memorial. Arboretum area open limited hours.  Visitor Center, plant gift shop and concerts.

Marsh Sanctuary, Inc.
114 South Bedford Rd.
Mount Kisco, NY 10549
(914) 241-2808
Tim Ghriskey, President
Located on 150 acres, privately-owned Marsh Sanctuary is open for hiking. Sanctuary includes a 350-seat, Greek-style amphitheater, wildflower garden, hiking trails and a boardwalk into the marsh.

Mianus River Gorge Preserve
Mianus River Road
Bedford, NY 10506
(914) 234-3455
Rod Christie, Executive Director
Nature Conservancy's oldest project includes 761 acres and 5 miles of walking trails along Westchester's only old growth forest.  Open daily April 1 to November 30only. Occasional weekend and school programs.

Morgenthau Preserve
Poundridge Rd.
Pound Ridge

Mountain Lakes Park
Hawley Road
North Salem
(914) 864-7311
1,083 acres of mixed-use land including organized youth camping, swimming, boating, and hiking.

Muscoot Farm
Route 100
(914) 864-7282
777-acre, turn-of-the-century interpretive farm museum. Programs, events, hiking, and nature study.

Pound Ridge Land Conservancy
PO Box 173
Pound Ridge, NY 10576
The Pound Ridge Land Conservancy is a private, non-profit corporation, with the mission of preserving the rural character of Pound Ridge, New York through the acquisition and maintenance of undeveloped land. The Conservancy’s preserves are kept in their natural state, for aesthetic, ecological and educational purposes.

Putnam County Land Trust
P.O. Box 36
Brewster, NY 10509
Putnam County Land Trust (http://www.pclt.net) is dedicated to preserving unique environmentally significant parcels of land as open spaces in perpetuity for the purposes of conservation, education and passive recreation. PCLT has over 450 acres under protection in Putnam County.

Putnam County Parks Department
Putnam County Department of Highways and Facilities
842 Fair Street
Carmel, New York 10512
Park Information: (845) 225-3650

Maintains the Dixon Lake Conservation Area, Fred Dill Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Great Swamp Conservation Area.

Putnam County Soil and Water Conservation District
Putnam County Transit Facility
841 Fair Street
Carmel, New York 10512
(845) 878-7918
District Manager Lauri Taylor

The Nature Conservancy
Eastern NY Chapter
19 N. Moger Avenue
Mt. Kisco, NY 10549
914-244-3271 x25
The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. Volunteer.

Walter G. Merritt County Park
Haviland Hollow Road
Walter Merritt Park is a 600-acre park with spectacular gorges and waterfalls and is open for hiking

Wampus Pond
Route 128, Armonk
(914) 273-3230
102 acres mixed-use park includes boating and fishing.

Ward Pound Ridge Reservation/Trailside Nature Museum
Routes 35 and 121
Cross River
(914) 864-7317
4,315 acres of woods, fields and wetlands featuring a rustic museum built in 1938 which houses exhibits of the natural history of the park. Native American library and display.   20 miles of trails offer opportunities to explore, observe, study and enjoy the ecology of the area. Naturalist-conducted programs. High biodiversity. Camping, picnicking and fishing.

Westmoreland Sanctuary, Inc.
260 Chestnut Ridge Road
Bedford Corners, NY 10549
(914) 666-8448
Fax: (914) 242-1175
Stephen Ricker, Director and Naturalist
Eight miles of trails meander through 625 acres of forests, fields and wetlands.   Activities include nature programs, wildlife and botanical research.   Reconstructed 200-year-old church serves as museum and nature center.

Westchester County Parks: For more information about these and other county facilities, visit Web site at http://www.co.westchester.ny.us/parks/Parks.htm (includes maps you can print out) or call (914) 864-7000 to request brochures and bike trail maps


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