Escape and explore Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Westchester County's largest park
Unwind and escape the hustle of the world by visiting Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, the largest park in Westchester County, offering the unique experience of camping amidst nature's embrace.
Embrace the tranquility of the outdoors as you wander through the park's vast expanse, surrounded by the beauty of wildflowers and the curves of creeks. The reservation, spanning over 4,000 acres of forests and meadows, offers a haven for a diverse range of plants and animals that thrive in this distinct ecosystem, making it a one-of-a-kind location for observing certain wildlife.
Nature enthusiasts will find an abundance of routes to explore within the park's boundaries, with over 35 miles of hiking trails varying in difficulty and accessibility.
While hiking, visitors can take advantage of the educational offerings at the Trailside Nature Museum, a unique opportunity to learn about the park's wildlife up close. The museum houses dozens of birds, reptiles, and mammals that visitors are likely to encounter during their hikes.
"It's the second oldest nature museum in the country, founded in the 1930s. We do all sorts of educational programming, we do a lot of school group visits for Native American programming, we teach about stream ecology," says Taro Ietaka, of Westchester County Parks Department.
Throughout the year, visitors can partake in a variety of weekend nature programs to deepen their understanding of the natural world and their role within it.
As the largest county park in Westchester, the adventures at Ward Pound Ridge are boundless. For those seeking a more extended stay, camping facilities are available, allowing visitors to pitch tents, build campfires, and relish in the park's splendor for a little longer. The park provides restrooms and showers as convenient amenities to enhance the camping experience.
So, pack your essentials, explore, and savor a memorable night amidst nature's embrace at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation.