Teatown Lake Reservation



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Park Overview:

Teatown Lake Reservation's nature preserve includes streams, hardwood swamps, mixed forests, meadows, hemlock forests, laurel groves and a scenic gorge.

Trail Uses:Hiking, X-C skiing
Dogs:Dogs on leash
Trail Miles:15 miles
Park Acreage:834 acres
Yorktown, Cortlandt, New
Web Map:Trail map
Buy Book:Walkable Westchester - A Walking Guide to Westchester County, NY

Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
Park Description:

Teatown Lake Reservation is a nonprofit, environmental organization with an 834-acre nature preserve and education center located in the Lower Hudson Valley in the Towns of Yorktown, Cortlandt, and New Castle, New York. Hikers will find a wide variety of natural areas to explore, including the 33-acre Teatown Lake, a scenic gorge, hardwood swamps, mixed forests, meadows, and hemlock and laurel groves. 

Teatown's Nature Center features numerous natural history and live animal exhibits and a nature gift shop. Outdoor exhibits include a working maple sugar house and live birds of prey. The center offers weekend and after-school educational and outdoor programs for children and families.  Guided tours of two-acre Wildflower Island with its over 230 native and endangered species of wildflowers are available as well. 

The trails are open 365 days a year from dawn to dusk. The Nature Center is open daily, 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Trails Overview:

Teatown maintains fourteen trails that traverse nearly 15 miles, over diverse terrain and habitats, including abundant fields, mixed hardwood forests, laurel groves, lakes, streams, swamps and farm land. The trails range from easy/novice to moderately difficult. The trails connect to the Briarcliff Peekskill Trailway and the Croton Aqueduct Trail.

The 2.4-mile Hidden Valley circuit is a particularly rewarding hike.  The Lakeside Trail features a 600-foot boardwalk over the lake and access to a bird observation blind. A trail map (link above) is also available at the Nature Center.

Click for detailed descriptions of hikes in the Reservation (trailhead GPS coordinates are included).


Take the Taconic State Parkway; exit at Route 134/Ossining. Turn west onto Route 134. Drive for approximately ¼ mile and turn right onto Spring Valley Rd.

From Western Putnam Co.: Take Route 9 South to the Route 9/9A split just south of the Croton-Harmon train station. Bear left at the split towards RT 9A and Briarcliff Manor. At the first traffic light, turn left onto Route 134, heading east. Follow Route 134 for approximately 2 miles (passing the firehouse on your right) and turn left onto Spring Valley Rd.

Once on Spring Valley Rd., to reach the Nature Center, drive for about 1 mile bearing left at the fork/Teatown sign. The Nature Center will be on your right over the crest of the hill. The main parking lot is on your right immediately after the Nature Center. 

To reach Cliffdale, once on Spring Valley Rd, turn right at the fork/Teatown sign onto Blinn Rd. Follow Blinn Rd (which becomes Apple Bee Farm Rd.) to the end and turn left onto Quaker Ridge Rd. After approximately 1 mile take first left onto Teatown Rd. Travel past the farm buildings and past the red house. At approximately 0.8 mile, turn left into the Cliffdale Visitor’s Parking Area.

The closest train station is Croton-Harmon, on the Metro North Hudson line. It's 4.7 miles to Teatown from the station.

Contact Information:Teatown Lake Reservation
Region:Westchester County

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New Trail at Teatown

Teatown recently connected the Back 40 and Shadow Lake trails to make a 2.3 mile loop. The new loop starts from the Waterfall trail and includes two newly blazed sections. One continues SE towards and across the power lines to Shadow Lake and the other connects Shadow Lake and Vernay Lake SE to NW.