Angle Fly Preserve
Central section: Take I-684 to Exit 6 (Route 35) and go west to Route 100. Turn right and go 0.6 mile and turn left onto Route 139 (Primrose Street). Go 1.0 mile to the main entrance to the left [41.291211N 73.719194W]. Parking is at the end of the entrance road.
Eastern Section: Follow the above directions, but continue on Route 100 for another 0.4mile to Reis Park and turn right. Park near the southwest corner of the tennis courts. [41.302429N 73.713728W].
Western Section: Take I-684 to Exit 6 (Route 35), go west for 3.5 miles and turn right on Orchard Hill Road. Go 0.6 mile to Hilltop Road. Parking is 0.4 mile alongside the road. [41.289048N 73.734915W].
Trails wander in woodlands, through meadows, next to wetlands, and across streams in Angle Fly Preserve to make it a pleasant place to spend a short time or most of a day.
The preserve is divided into three sections, based in part on ownership and by Route 139, which runs through it. Trails have unique colors and the blue trail connects the three sections. Many of the trails are loops which mean a novice hiker can follow the same color blazes for an entire hike. Except for the blue trail from parking at Reis Park, secondary access trails have a blaze with a white cross.
At first glance, the three sections seem the same, as they all have stone walls, lots of barberry, and wetlands. But differences exist. The central section has a 0.1 mile handicapped accessible trail around Reynolds Pond and composting toilets. The Somers Land Trust plans to make use of the buildings in this section, one of which dates from the early 1800s. In the eastern section, there are elevation gains and losses, meadows, and puncheon board walks which allow hikers to cross the extensive wetlands. The western section is more remote. It only has road noise near Route 35. Several rock outcroppings are visible from the blue trail.
A large entrance sign on Route 139 welcomes you to Angle Fly Preserve and lets you know that this park is user friendly. Maps with an arrow indicating your location are at trail junctions. Angle Fly Preserve,is named for the stream running through the property. The preserve was created to protect the pure water of the last brown-trout spawning stream and one of the largest remaining undeveloped tracts in Westchester County. Fly is from the old Dutch “vlaie’’ or “vly” meaning swamp, but can also apply to creek or wetlands in the vicinity.
Angle Fly Preserve is truly a park built by and for the people. The Town of Somers delegated the planning, development, and management of the preserve to Somers Land Trust, who in turn designed and built the trail system and is working to preserve historical features. They used other volunteers, pro bono services, grants, and membership dues from the Somers Land Trust to finance building the preserve.