Preserve is a 40-acre nature preserve comprising of woodlands and field
habitats. It is adjacent to the Old Croton Aqueduct on slopes
overlooking the Hudson River, providing spectacular views.
The property was formerly home to two Hudson River
estates and boasts a number of unusual specimen trees and shrubs
imported from around the world. Among them are some magnificent copper
beeches from Europe, gingko trees from Asia and Douglas Firs from the
Pacific Northwest. These imports join native sugar maples, red oaks,
hemlocks, pines and tulip trees in providing shelter for many kinds of
wildlife including woodpeckers, owls and bats.
Every spring and autumn, bird watchers gather to observe major hawk migrations.
Nature enthusiasts can learn about raptor identification markings, such
as flight patterns and silhouettes, and can take part in official
tracking counts of raptors.
In summer, the butterfly garden is at its height,
visited by a wide variety of butterflies. Nearby, a dragonfly pond
provides the necessary habitat for numerous aquatic insects and attracts
birds and other wildlife. The butterfly and hummingbird garden is maintained entirely by volunteers from Hudson River Audubon Society.
Nature center hours: September to June,Tuesday through Saturday from 9
a.m. to 4 p.m.; Trails are open every day dawn to dusk.
- Admission and fees: County park pass is not required for admission
- Nature center hours: July and August, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to
4 p.m. Trails are open every day dawn to dusk.
- Phone: (914) 968-5851