Pawling Nature Preserve

Pawling, New York 12564

Pawling Nature Preserve

Pawling Nature Preserve Professional Guide

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"Spend an afternoon on land deemed a living museum for Mans use when it was gifted to The Nature Conservancy in 1958. Hunt for salamanders in ridgetop wetlands, wander through a hemlock forest, and discover a colorful variety of rare plant species such as lavender devils bit, yellow wild flax, and scarlet Indian paintbrush."

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AMC's Best Day Hikes Near New York City (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Daniel Case
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"Follow a section of the Appalachian Trail through fields with beautiful views of the Harlem Valley and a very diverse nature reserve. Approximately 65 miles north of the city, but nonetheless accessible via commuter rail, is the Pawling Nature Reserve. This 1,060-acre Nature Conservancy property sits on a ridge top in bucolic southeastern Dutchess County. A section of the Appalachian Trail runs through it, providing a backbone for a small local trail system and a nice loop route that approaches the reserve from the south and the train station. The reserve has been protected since the late 1950s, when a local citizens’ group, the Akin Hall Association, acquired the land and donated it to the conservancy. Its woodlands harbor a number of plant and animal species considered threatened in New York State." Read more

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Trail Information

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Trail Type
Skill Level
3 to 4 hours
USGS Pawling and Dover Plains, NY. Maps are occasionally found at trailheads, and a PDF can be downloaded from the Oblong Land Conservancys website (see Hike Information).
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Dec 2018