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Ward Pound Ridge Reservation

Ward Pound Ridge Reservation is 4700 acres of rolling countryside and is Westchester County’s largest park. The terrain is extremely varied, ranging from deep hollows to ridges 800 feet high.

There are hemlock gorges, dry uplands, wetlands, ponds, and two rivers, all connected by 35 miles of trails in which you can explore the meadows, marshes and vernal pools.

Many of the old farm roads are now used as hiking and cross-country ski trails, and other signs of the old farms exist in the form of stone walls and foundations.

Among the types of land formations, there is a sandy hillside that is a recessional moraine, formed 12,000 years ago by the last glacier. The big boulders on top, glacial erratics, were transported by the force of the glacier.

Another formation, a blueberry-alder swamp, is one of the richest ecosystems in the park and supports a wide variety of flora and fauna including rare orchids and rare amphibians.

The trails are open for walking, cross-country skiing and horseback riding. The Deer Hollow trail connects to the Lewisboro Town Park.

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There are many unique and special features at this preservation, with a rich variety of unique flora and fauna.

Habitats found in this preserve

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How to get there

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