Ward Pound Ridge Reservation

Cross River, New York 10518

Ward Pound Ridge Reservation

Ward Pound Ridge Reservation Professional Guide

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"Explore the varied terrain of one of the metropolitan area’s largest county parks. Tucked into Westchester County’s western corner, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation is a popular destination for picnickers and hikers alike. The former have some lovely areas in the center of the park just off the entrance road; the latter have more than 35 miles of trails, some shared with horses. At 4,315 acres, Pound Ridge Reservation (as it’s usually called, since it’s mostly in that town; William Ward was the county official who spearheaded the acquisition of the land) is not only the largest park in Westchester; it’s the largest county park in the New York metropolitan area. The northern third of the park is more heavily hiked; the southern two-thirds, which still retain a wilderness feel in parts, are where this hike will take you."

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"Visit the largest park in Westchester County for some big rewards: namely a dramatic overlook, a bit of exercise along well-groomed woods roads, and a small cave named after a nineteenth-century vagrant. If theres still daylight left after this midlength circuit, stop at the popular Trailside Nature Museum to learn about the areas natural history."
Best Hikes with Dogs: New York City & Beyond (The Mountaineers Books)
Tammy McCarley
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"Ward Pound Ridge Reservation tops the list as Westchester County’s largest park at 4315 acres. Opened in 1938 and named after William Ward, a former county parks commissioner who was largely responsible for the formation of this park, Pound Ridge developed from the acquisition of more than thirty farms. The hike takes place over easy terrain, with two or three moderate climbs, scenic overlooks, historical points of interest, stream crossings, and the pleasure of hiking along wide forest roads. Once you’ve visited Ward Pound Ridge with your dog, you’ll likely return again and again."

Ward Pound Ridge Reservation Trip Reports

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This place is well maintained and very nice. It has a little bit of thias and that but they are doing a great job keeping it clean and preserved. Tons of wildlife and wows. Was not able to see the whole park but we plan to go back and finish it. Very much recommend this place. Its actually a preserve of both plant life and animals
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Great, easy hike, perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon.
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This is a nice area to take a stroll with or without your canine buddy. Area is not very rugged - paths are wide and prepped in most places and with a fair amount of traffic. Trails and intersections are very clearly marked.

Not as spectacular as some of the other hikes in the region.
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Outstanding Park Reserve. Trails are all marked very well, although several folks do get lost and call 911 on occaision!
the trail system is vast, with many great views. One can not do every trail in any short order of time.
Highly recommended for anyone in the Hudson Valley area or Westchester County, NY area.

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Trail Information

Cross River
Nearby City
680 feet
Elevation Gain
Skill Level
2.0 hours
Ward Pound Ridge County Park
Local Contacts
USGS Peach Lake, Pound Ridge; trail map available at trailhead and online
Local Maps

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