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
    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.


    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
    Region:Dutchess County