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“Cross Country Skiing in the Winter”

Ward Pound Ridge Reservation
Reviewed December 19, 2013

After a good snowfall, I often come here to ski around the park. It's very peaceful and quiet during the week, less so on the weekends (unless you get there early). There's no formal grooming, just the tracks from other skiers. The trails get pretty messed up though, from all the walkers, people with dogs, etc. But still good while it lasts (after a few days, or one weekend, you generally need another snowfall to keep the trails ski-able). The entrance fee is $10 per car for non-residents.

Thank James W
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

Ward Pound Ridge Reservation has it all -- hiking, camping, educational exhibits, many many miles of marked trails, an Indian encampment, a small art museum, and a nature museum. And less than one hour from New York City. Pretty unbelievable!

Thank bobbestultz
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Reviewed November 24, 2013

Recently paved entrance road improves the experience. The fall hunter pace for horses and riders was set in great fall foliage. I often go here to chill out, go to an art exhibit, just walk around.

1  Thank lindaofny
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

This was the Weekend for bike riding, but the dog wasn't in the mood for riding in his bike,so we abandoned the bikes and hit the road for the hour drive to this Reservation that is a vast property(many mile). There is an entry fee,but lots of parking. We immediately hit the walking trails. Well this was better for the dog as he was thrilled to walk the long tails along the stream that runs for about 3.5 miles. along the way we ran into a movie company starting a film about the leather-man(legend has it that he wanders the park. Navy the dog got us all the attention we needed with crew so we were able to see them transform the actor to a cave man it was cool and his makeup took for every but was great in the end. Ok back to the trails. They are rough and rocky but clear enough to travel and the stream made the greatest sounds ever and was clear and cool. Dogs are to be leashed at all times but everyone seem to relaxed this on the trails. Well that is until another dog is spotted,and then its back to the leash for all safety purpose. You can camp here overnight but that was out the question with me and Navy the dog(too many wild animals). As with most walking trips have your water bottle with you,don't drink from the stream nor let your dog drink from it. For beginner trail walkers, this is a great one for the whole family. We ended the day with a late lunch picnic near the stream, as there is many, picnic sites and lots of tables and pits for grilling. But no place to put your trash afterward, so bring your own trash bags. It's a lovely and peaceful place and a great place to connect with nature. Don't tell anyone but afterward we took a drive by Martha Steward compound in katonah, before heading back to the city. Hope the dog will be up for the bike ride this weekend as you burn more calories riding a bike than walking.

2  Thank Navylicious
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

I love this place. Been going since I was in High School. It's easy to get to and open all year long. It's a 4,000+ acre property with very few improvements (that's a good thing) a few streams run through it, many, many animals, hiking trails and important history.

Animals often seen (besides the ubiquitous raccoon, bird and squirrel) are black bear, bobcat, fox, hawk, falcon, deer-- bring your animal tracks guide.

The man known as the Leatherman wandered through this park often and made his home in a couple of places, one known as the Leatherman's cave (http://leathermansloop.org/2009/02/the-legend-of-the-leatherman/). The old forest service's fire tower location is cool, though the tower has since been removed for safety purposes.

There are numerous tent camping sites and Lean-to shelter camping sites available year round. The old pit toilets seem to be under improvement as of this writing and porta johns are in their place. Most camping sites can be driven to on very rough road/trails. Some sites are walk-in (backpacking) only. Camping reservations and prepayment is required to ensure you have a spot for your weekend.

There is a Trailside Museum (not open on Sundays or holidays) that presents virtually all local animal inhabitants, they make maple syrup in the winter and do occasional flora/fauna presentations along with American Indian history and lore.

This is a great place for families with kids of all ages, couples, and groups of friends. Bring your own potable water. Do Not bring firewood. Obtain it from the park office (protection of the environment from alien insects). This is strictly a pack out what you pack in kind of place. There aren't any trash receptacles.

1  Thank Gunksman
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