Hiking Trails

Hiking Trails are located at both the Wildlife Education Center and the Outdoor Discovery Center!
Click Here for a Trail Map of the Outdoor Discovery Center. No dogs on preserve.

  • Experience the award-winning Discovery Quests Hiking Trails with specially created Guidebooks at the Outdoor Discovery Center.
  • These trails are open weekends Mid-April through Mid-November. Visitor Center is open from 10am until 4pm, Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Quest hiking trails are free. Quest Guidebooks are $5 at the Visitors Center and can be shared.
  • For more information call 845-534-5506, ext. 204.
  • Below is a sample Quest Guidebook page. Scroll down for Quest descriptions.

Quest Guidebook page

The Discovery Quests are a unique, interactive way to learn about the environment for all ages. Participants wil be able to purchase a guidebook with illustrations, riddle poems and field notes describing each topic at the learning stations. The goal of each Quest is to find the “hidden message” of each hike.

  • The Pond Quest is a short trail within view of the visitors’ center that meanders past ponds and cattails with stops at viewing platforms that over look the wetlands.
  • Field Quest leads through the Museum’s farm fields and loops back through an open woodland. An easy hike on mostly flat terrain.
  • Woodland Quest is an intriguing path of tree identification and animal habitats of the tree canopy and forest floor. A moderate trail with a few short hilly sections.
  • Hiking Quest leads past geologic features and different signs of former human activity. A moderately challenging trail, perfect for hiking boots!

The Pond, Field and Woodland Quests take about 30 to 45 minutes and the Hiking Quest takes from one to two hours. Each terrain varies in difficulty ranging from a flat stretch easy enough for wheelchairs and baby strollers, to the more challenging climbs of the forested slopes.

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