Pawling Nature Reserve

    Park Overview:

    A ten-mile trail system winds through a microcosm of diverse natural communities.

    Trail Uses:Hiking
    Dogs:No dogs
    Trail Miles:9.8 miles
    Park Acreage:1060 acres
    City/County/
    State:
    Pawling/Dutchess/NY
    Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
    Park Description:

    Owned by The Nature Conservancy and managed by a local volunteer group, the Nature Reserve is home to some rare plant species, vibrant bird life, many different species of animals from salamanders to bobcats, as well as a variety of forest types and ecosystems. The Appalachian Trail traverses the reserve.  Hunting is allowed in the reserve during deer season.

    Trails Overview:

    The Appalachian Trail (blazed white; 3 miles) can be combined with additional trails in the reserve. Other trails are blazed blue, green, orange, yellow and red. Maps are available at the parking area.

    Directions:

    East of NY 22 in Pawling, entrance and main parking area on Quaker Lake Rd. The reserve can also be accessed from the Metro North Appalachian Trail station. 

    Contact Information:The Nature Conservancy
    9142443217
    Region:Dutchess County
    Fees:None