Ridge Road Park and Hart's Brook Nature Preserve, Hartsdale
The 170-arce Ridge Road park is not extensively birded. Westchester County Park Pass is required for Ridge Road Park, which has picnicking and recreational facilities.(914) 946-8133. Hart's Brook, across the street does not require a park pass and is where most local birders visit.
New York State, Westchester County, and the town of Greenburgh acquired the 123-arce Hart's Brook Nature Preserve, the former Gaisman Estate, in 1999. Part of the funds came from the Clean Water/Clean Air Bond act. The preserve is open dawn to dusk. It has 2.5 miles of trails through primarily pristine woods with streams, ponds and meadows.
In front of the parking lot is a semi open field, numerous nest boxes scatter this area. Keep an eye out for nesting Eastern Bluebird. The preserve has its own pair of Great Horned Owls and Screech Owls are present as well.
Directions: Sprain Brook Parkway to Greenburgh exit (100B). Make a left onto 100B at the end of the ramp and follow to West Hartsdale Avenue (100A). Turn Right. Follow to Ridge Road, approximately 3 miles. Turn right on Ridge Road. The entrance to Hart's Brook Nature preserve is approximately 1 1/2 miles on the left. Ridge Road park is just down the road on the right.
For more information on the park check out Westchester County Park's Web Site
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