Know the New Hiking How-tos
From I-684, take Exit 4 (Route 172) and head west. In 1.5 miles, turn left onto Sarles Street. Continue 1.5 miles to the stop sign at Byram Lake Road. Turn left and drive for 0.4 mile. Parking is across the street from the main driveway.
No public transportation
Merestead was the working farm and estate of Margaret Sloane Patterson, daughter of William Sloane of the W & J Sloane home furnishing store. The mansion is open by reservation.
The trails system includes both woodland hiking trails and farm roads with some views from the farm roads at the top of the hill behind the mansion.
A visit to Merestead makes it obvious why it could not possibly be called Merestead Park. A 28-room Georgian Revival style brick mansion overlooks a vast expanse of lawn. Merestead (the Scottish word for farmland) is an historic home with trails through woodlands and fields.