One of New York's gorgeous preserves
Tree Vine NY One of New York's gorgeous preserves © Mathew Levine/TNC

Places We Protect

Whitbeck Memorial Grove

New York

Explore a 1-mile loop trail through woodlots.

The railroad along the preserve’s eastern boundary was built in 1864. A railroad station, a grist mill and a baseball diamond, located in the northern part of the preserve during the 1920s, have long since disappeared.

A one-mile trail will take you through two woodlots – one hardwood and the other softwood –and a former meadow now growing into forest. The trail is mostly easy, but watch for some roots underfoot and gentle slopes in its southern section. The powerline corridor that bisects the preserve is excellent birding habitat.

Before you visit, please download a trail map.

Upon entering the preserve, visitors will find themselves dwarfed among the towering oaks, white pines and eastern hemlocks. The relic stand of old growth trees soon gives way to younger deciduous forest, shrubby wetlands and successional meadow habitat.

This 30-acre preserve is located in the town of New Scotland, Albany County.