Westmoreland Sanctuary

Westmoreland Sanctuary was established in 1957 as a not-for-profit organization focused on environmental education and wildlife preservation.  The sanctuary offers 13 hiking trails, one branching off into another, so that you can tack on as many trails as you want to customize your hike.  Virtually all of the trails are less than a mile long, so you will want to do at least three.

The area is full of meandering stone walls and thick forest.  You can come here at high noon and still be in shade for much of your hike.  The abundant chipmunks appear to live in the stone walls, hopping in and out between the cracks with ease.  There are also several lakes to visit, although on the day that I was there, the bugs had the same idea, so I steered clear of the wet areas.

For this post, I came up with a different idea about how to portray this place.  I realized after awhile that taking pictures of trees wasn’t cutting it.  Because the forest is so thick and green in the summer, its real beauty is in the details.  Below is a composite of images that should give you an idea of what’s in store for you.

Westmoreland Sanctuary

Westmoreland Sanctuary

Westmoreland Sanctuary

Westmoreland Sanctuary

Westmoreland Sanctuary

Westmoreland Sanctuary

Westmoreland Sanctuary

Westmoreland Sanctuary

Westmoreland Sanctuary

Westmoreland Sanctuary

Westmoreland Sanctuary is located on Chestnut Ridge Road in Bedford Corners.  It is open 7 days a week from dawn to dusk, and there is no admission fee.  Dogs are not allowed.  Click here for the most current trail map.  For driving directions, click here.  You may also want to bring bug spray if you plan on visiting the lakes.

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One Response to “Westmoreland Sanctuary”

  1. ronrogers Says:

    Look forward to your return in the Spring.
    Ron

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