Ward Pound Ridge Reservation Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"As the county’s largest park, Ward Pound contains a variety of environments from meadows to moraine and from woodlands to wetlands. A number of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century farmhouses also fall within park boundaries. The majority of the camping sites here are sturdy stone lean-tos, built during the Great Depression by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Most of them are concentrated near the Trailside Nature Museum on Pell Hill, but a handful of others can be found on Michigan Road, closer to the park entrance. Each lean-to features a picnic table as well as a grill or fireplace. In addition, a group of tent sites available on a firstcome, first-served basis are located at the Kimberly Bridge area on Ward Pound’s eastern border. More than 35 miles of trails, including routes to the Bear Rock Petroglyph, Leatherman’s Cave, and numerous overlooks such as Spy Rock, give campers plenty of reasons to pack hiking boots along with their footprint, tent, and rain fly. Swimming and rock climbing are not allowed in the park, and fishing is only permitted in the Cross River with a New York State fishing license."