New York

Long Pond Preserve

Discover peaceful meadows and vivid Fall foliage.

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Please note: Due to Hurricane Sandy, this preserve is temporarily closed until we are able to fully assess the impacts of the storm. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Long Pond's peaceful meadow blazes with the color of wildflowers in bloom and butterflies in flight. Farther upland, a forest of red maple, tulip and ash displays vivid orange and red foliage in the fall, while the stream, field, marsh and lake contribute their own hues of blue to complete nature's palette at this lovely preserve.

Why We Selected This Site
The Studwell Foundation (representing the Mead family, which owned the property from 1650 to 1970) and a group of local residents donated this preserve to The Nature Conservancy in 1970.  Mount Holly Sanctuary Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park Albany Pine Bush Barberville Falls Preserve Lewis A. Swyer Preserve West Branch Nature Preserve Sam's Point Preserve Thompson Pond / Stissing Mountain Neversink River Preserve Schunemunk Mountain Preserve Nellie Hill Preserve Roger Perry Memorial Preserve Pawling Nature Preserve Great Swamp Preserve Otter Creek Preserve Arthur W. Butler Sanctuary Henry Morgenthau Preserve Mianus River Gorge Preserve Indian Brook Assemblage Long Pond Preserve Southern Lake Champlain Valley Eugene and Agnes Meyer Nature Preserve

There is one -mile-long, permanent trail on the preserve that can be accessed at an entry point through the gate across from the chapel. Several easy, marked seasonal trails are also cut in the field every year.

Before you visit, please see our Visitation Guidelines and download a trail map.

Heading upland toward the forest, look for signature trees of the mixed deciduous forest such as red maple, tulip and ash. In warmer seasons, look for blooming Indian hemp, periwinkle, wild sarsparilla, pale-spike lobelia and marsh blue violet.

Long Pond has been called one of the finest spots in Westchester to observe a great variety of butterfly species, including red spotted purples, Eastern tailed blues, white admirals and silver spotted skippers. They are especially abundant in mid-summer at the peak of butterfly season.

This 39-acre preserve is located along the western border of Lake Waccabuc in Lewisboro, Westchester County, New York. Download a preserve map to plan your visit to Long Pong Preserve.

  • From I-684, take Exit 6.
  • Head east on Route 35 for 5.6 miles to Mead Street.
  • Turn left, go 1.3 miles to Chapel Road. 
  • Park in front of the gate directly across from the chapel.

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