Know the New Hiking How-tos
Stony Kill Farm (Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center)
Take NYS Thruway to Exit 17 (Newburgh), follow signs to I-84E across the Newburgh/Beacon Bridge. Keep right to take Exit 11 (Wappingers Falls/Beacon) and make a left onto NY 9D going north. Travel approximately 2.5 miles north to Stony Kill Farm on the left.
- GPS Coordinates: 41.538449, -73.953698 (Stony Kill Foundation, 79 Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590)
Take Metro-North to Beacon Station, NY; Stony Kill Farm is approximately 4 miles north. Metro-North RR: 800-638-7646 & Beacon Taxi: 845-838-3605
An Environmental Education Center with many public programs and miles of trails, created from a historic farm.
The wide trails have easy grades. There are interpretive markings along the 0.5 mile, unblazed wheelchair accessible Woodland Trail. The Verplanck Ridge Trail [yellow blaze] is 1.5 miles long. The Sierra Trail [white blaze, 1.0- or 2.0-mile loop] runs through flat forestland with a marsh and pond near the trail. The unmarked Muller Pond Trail is a scenic one-mile loop trail that circles the pond, while the Freedom Trail [unblazed, 2.5 miles] is a woodland trail.
Use the Web Map link on this site to view a trail map, and Contact Information for the DEC web site with a synopsis of each trail.
Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center
Devoted to helping visitors discover the interwoven nature of all living things, facilities at the Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center include a new Learning Center built with "green" construction, a visitor center with exhibits in an 1842 manor house, an 18th century stone farmhouse and 19th century barn (complete with livestock), and another house that dates back to the late 1600s. The grounds include gardens maintained by the Verplanck Garden Club and a trail system that winds through several different ecosystems.