Turkey Mountain Nature Preserve
From the Taconic State Parkway, take the Underhill Avenue exit and turn east toward Yorktown Heights. At the first traffic light, turn right onto Route 118. Go 1.9 miles, until there are signs for Croton Heights Road on the left and Locke Lane on the right. Turn right onto the dirt road to reach parking.
No public transportation
The sweeping views to the Croton Reservoir and the Manhattan skyline from the top of Turkey Mountain are the reason that the preserve is such a popular place to hike.
A hike in Turkey Mountain Nature Preserve should include a vigorous hike to the top to enjoy the view, which is why the park is so popular. But visitors should also take a slow amble on the intertwined trails just beyond the parking lot that were part of a camp that operated on the property from 1957-1964..
- Blue Trail - 1.4 miles - goes to the view point
- White Trail - 0.7 mile - the steep way to the viewpoint
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever is the title of a 1965 musical; those words come to mind when enjoying the view from the top of Turkey Mountain - that is, of course, when the day is clear. There are few places in Westchester County that have a view to rival the on Turkey Mountina. Expect to find others enjoying the veiw to the west and south toward the Croton Reservoir and the Mahhattan skyline in the distance.