Twin Lakes Park / Nature Study Woods, New Rochelle and Eastchester.
Combined, these two parks are comprise of 220 acres of woods, marsh, lakes, ponds and some fields along the Hutchinson River in New Rochelle and Eastchester.
Nature Study Woods lies to the south and is comprised of woods covered below with Garlic Mustard and wetlands covered with acres of Skunk Cabbage. A few foot trails break off the single main trail. Look for Rusty Blackbirds in winter and early spring in the wet woodlands. The wetlands appear to stay wet even in drought and may be a good area to look for spring migrants in this situation.
The main trail leads north into Twin Lakes Park where you’ll first encounter a few ponds. Look for waterfowl such as Gadwall, Wood Duck, Northern Shoveler, American Wigeon and Hooded Merganser in cooler months. The trail eventually goes beneath the Hutchinson River Parkway to a large reservoir surrounded by woods and some small fields. Two stables operate here so you’ll share some trails with horse back riders. So, look down as often as you do up!
To reach Nature Study Woods
Take the Hutchinson River Parkway north to Exit 16. Proceed straight onto Webster Avenue and go 0.9 miles to the entrance on the right. Parking is along the street..
To reach Twin Lakes Park:
From Northbound Hutchinson River Parkway; Take Exit 17, North Avenue, make a left at the end of the ramp. Bare left at the next traffic light. Then another left at the proceeding light onto California Road. There is a parking area about a half mile down on the left.
From the Southbound Hutchinson River Parkway; Take exit 18W, Mill Road west. At the next light, make a left onto California Road. There is a parking area about a half mile down on the left.