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Manitoga District

Serving: Briarcliff Manor, Buchanan, Chappaqua, Cold Spring, Continental Village, Cortlandt, Crompond, Croton, Crugers, Furnace Woods, Garrison, Jefferson Valley, Kitchawan, Millwood, Mohegan Lake, Montrose, North Highland, Nelsonville, Ossining, Peekskill, Phillipstown, Putnam Valley, Scarborough, Shrub Oak, Toddville, Van Cortlandtville, Verplanck, Yorktown, and Yorktown Heights 

Bald Mountain (John E. Hand Park)
Blinn Road
112 acres with existing trails, views of New York City and to the west and east. Steep topography.

Blue Mountain Reservation
Welcher Avenue
(914) 862-5275
1,538 acres with, picnicking, hiking, nature study, cross country skiing, fishing, and mountain biking.

Briarcliff Peekskill Trailway
Cortlandt, Peekskill
A 12-mile hiking trail. Connects Blue Mountain, Croton Gorge, Bald Mountain,  Teatown Reservation, and Charles Cook Park.

Clear Lake Scout Reservation
1 Clear Lake
Putnam Valley, NY  10579-1508
Ranger, Keith Wiggers: (845) 526-2029
Clear Lake is a 1,423-acre parcel which adjoins Fahnestock State Park to the south. Several miles of hiking trails on the site are now open to the public.

Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary
P.O. Box 174
Cold Spring, NY 10516
For a unique glimpse of nature, visit the vast 200-acre wildlife sanctuary operated by the National Audubon Society. Canoe the marsh or enjoy it from the boardwalk or Visitors’ Center. Open daily.

Croton Gorge Park
Route 129
(914) 827-9568
109 acres for picnicking, hiking, nature study, fishing, cross country skiing.   Includes ballfield. Park lies at base of Cornell Dam (Croton Dam) on the Croton Reservoir. Croton River on property.

Croton Point Park
Croton Avenue
(914) 271-3293  or (914) 862-5290
508 acres on Hudson River for mixed use including swimming beach, plus RV, cabin and tent camping. Programs are offered. Highly sensitive natural areas of marshlands and woods. Birdwatching on former landfill.  Nature Center with naturalist.

Franklin D Roosevelt State Park
2957 Crompond Road
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
(914) 245-4434
The park's oasis of blue water, Mohansic Lake and Crom Pond, provide excellent freshwater fishing and boating. Popular catches include bass, perch, and sun fish.

George’s Island Park
Dutch Street off Route 9A
(914) 737-7530
204 acres on Hudson River. Mixed use and boating. Boat launching facility. Picnic shelter. Hiking trail on part of Hudson River Greenway.

Hudson Highlands Coalition (http://www.highlandscoalition.org/)
Katherine Rand
c/o Palisades Interstate Park Commission
Administration Building
Bear Mountain, NY 10911-0427
Phone: (845) 786-2701 x335
The Highlands are part of the great green sweep of the Appalachians that shadows the East Coast from Georgia to Maine. The Highlands region stretches from eastern Pennsylvania through New Jersey and New York to northwestern Connecticut, forming a vital linkage between the Berkshires and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Hudson Highlands State Park
Route 9D
Beacon, NY 10512
845 225-7207
On Rte. 9D in Cold Spring, Hudson Highlands State Park is an undeveloped wilderness preserve of 4000 acres offering two sections with many miles of hiking trails. There are spectacular views of the Hudson Highlands from Sugarloaf, Bull Hill and Breakneck Ridge

Kitchawan Preserve
Route 134
914 864-7000
208 acres for hiking, cross country skiing and passive recreation on six miles of wooded trails.

North County Trailway
A paved pedestrian and bicycle pathway that spans 22.1 linear miles from Eastview north to the Putnam County border. Primarily on right-of-way lands of former Putnam Division of the NY Central Railroad. Owned by NYSDOT and operated and maintained by Westchester County.

Oscawana Island Park
Furnace Dock Road, off Route 9
(914) 864-7000
161 acres for hiking and nature study. Wonderful views of Hudson River.

Pocantico Lake Park
Old Sleepy Hollow Road
Briarcliff Manor
(914) 864-7000
164 acres. The park is a former water supply reservoir. Hiking, fishing, equestrian and nature study.

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

Putnam Highlands Audubon Society
46 Bell Hollow Road
Putnam Valley, NY 10579
Carolyn Smith, President

The Russel Wright Design Center - Manitoga
Route 9D
Garrison, NY 10524
Website: http://www.russelwrightcenter.org

Saw Mill River Audubon Society
275 Millwood Rd.
Chappaqua, NY 10514
Fax 914-666-7430
Robert McCrillis, President

Teatown Reservation http://www.teatown.org/
600 Spring Valley Road
Ossining, New York 10562
914/762-2912 ext 10
Teatown is a private, nonprofit 834 acre nature preserve and education center founded in 1963. Its grounds include two lakes and over 15 miles of hiking trails through woodlands and meadows, streams and marsh habitats, all of which provide exciting educational opportunities

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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