Town of Southeast – 13.0 Acres.
This 13-acre preserve was donated to the Putnam Land Trust in 1991 by Henry and Vera Keil of Cold Spring, New York.
Exploring The Preserve
The preserve is a mix of scrub/shrub wetland and wet meadows, and includes a stream that feeds directly into the East Branch of the Croton River. This extension of the Great Swamp represents a different plant community from the adjacent wooded river corridor, and provides a unique habitat critical to the survival of certain species of birds and animals that are native to this area.
Some of the native trees that can be seen here are Swamp Alder, Gray Dogwood, Willow, and Black Cherry. Plants include Yarrow, Joe-Pye-Weed, Milkweed, ferns, grasses, daisies, and Enchanter’s Nightshade.
Additionally, this habitat is vital to migratory birds. The Great Swamp occupies the valley between two parallel ridges. Orientated north-south, this primarily forested wetland runs nearly 20 miles between these ridges. The highlands act as a funnel, concentrating the birds toward the lowlands of the Swamp. Because the wetlands are of high quality and are for the most part unbroken and undeveloped, migrating species find both food sources and a place to rest before resuming their journeys. Red-Winged Blackbird, Yellow Warbler, Willow Flycatcher, Brown Thrush, and Nighthawk are a few of the species which have been spotted here.
About the Trail
Two Short Trails exist on this preserve. One is located on Millfarm Lane, off Doansburg Road. The Trail has a bird watching platform at the end. The other is on Gage Road and and is a small open area with the view of the seasonal stream.
Turn onto Doansburg Road from Route 22. Travel 1.5 miles and turn right onto Mill Farm Lane. The preserve is on the left, approximately 500 feet from this intersection. Click here for a Google Map and customizable directions.
The preserve is a great place to bird watch. Either from the platform or bring a chair on the Gage Road entrance.
Please sign in before beginning your hike. Help us protect and preserve the plant and animal life found on this property by not disturbing the area, staying on the paths, and by observing the trail regulations posted at the entrance.