|Blue Mountain Reservation
Welcher Avenue, Peekskill 10566
Blue Mountain Reservation is a 1,500-acre park with miles and miles of trails for mountaing biking, rollerblading, horseback riding, or even a nice walk. Hike the challenging Mt. Spitzenberg or Blue Mountain and go camping when the weather warms up, or get some ice skating in while you can!
|Cranberry Lake Preserve
Old Orchard Street, White Plains 10603
Carved by glaciers thousands of years ago, this 135-acre preserve of unspoiled forest and wetlands includes a five-acre lake, trails, and boardwalks. Stop by the sugarhouse and watch museum staff turn sap into syrup!
Route 129, Cortlandt 10567
Located at the base of the Croton dam, this 97-acre park features a picturesque view of the dam and spillway, with a fountain that flows in season.
|Croton Point Nature Center
Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson 10520
Located on the 504-acre park, the nature center displays exhibits about the Hudson River, local history, and flora and fauna. The center is also home to the Material Archives and Laboratory for Archaelogy (MALFA) featuring exhibits on the archaeological features of the park.
|Croton Point Park
Croton Point Avenue, Croton-on-Hudson 10520
Hudson River Canoes, sailboards and car top-carried boats can be launched here. In the winter, do do some ice fishing, and stop by on summer weekends to take a dip at the Croton Point Park Beach.
|Edith G. Read Natural Park and Wildlife Sanctuary
A park for the nature lover. Environmental programs are offered to schools and groups by reservation. Learn about tides and ecology of the Long Island Sound at the sanctuary's "Explore the Shore" program.
|Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park
2957 Crompond Road, Yorktown Heights 10598
The blue water of Mohansic Lake and Crom Pond are picturesquely and provide great freshwater fishing. Row and pedal boats are available for renting, and the park also allows visitors to launch their own boats. In the winter, a perfect place for ice skating, sledding, and even ice fishing. During the warmer months, have some fun at the park's Disc golf (frisbee golf) course. During the summer, stop by one of the parks most famous attractions, its pool, which can accommodate 3,500 people.
|George's Island Park
Dutch Street, Off Route 9A & Sunste Rd., Montrose 10548
This waterfront park offers great views with tidal wetlands, a freshwater pond and wooded land surrounding the developed area containing picnic areas, parking lots and a boat launching ramp.
|Glen Island Park
Pelham Road, New Rochelle 10800
Located on the Long Island Sound, this park houses various recreational facilities including a beach, playground, and picnic grounds.
|Graham Hills Park
Route 117, Mount Pleasant
Graham Hills Park is home to an historic mountain bike trail geared toward experienced riders, where you can get some fun exercise in while taking in the beauty of this natural environment.
|Greenburgh Nature Center
99 Dromore Road, Scarsdale 10583
This 33-acre woodland preserve features a hands-on animal museum with over 120 live animals. Trails, ponds, orchards, a maple-sugaring site, gardens, greenhouses, and plenty of exhibits and events make this center a go-to for nature and environmental education.
|John E. Hand Park At Bald Mountain
Blinn Road, Yorktown Heights
This passive park, known for its steep slopes and challenging hiking, is located alongside the Briarcliff Peekskill Trailway and non-profit nature conservancy, Tea Town.
|Kensico Dam Plaza Park
Bronx River Parkway, Valhalla 10595
Located at the base of the Kensico Dam, this park is home to arts and crafts shows, concerts, and other festivities, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Bronx River Parkway Reservation.
|Kingsland Point Park
Palmer Avenue, Off Route 9, Sleepy Hollow
Kingsland Point Park is situated along the Hudson River shoreline and is said to have the best view of the famous Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse.
|Lakeside at Osceola
399 East Main Street, Jefferson Valley 10535
Open year-round, this indoor/outdoor entertainment complex and park is home to mini-golf, bocce ball, ping pong, volleyball, carnival games, playgrounds, swimming, boating, fishing and plenty more fun activities.
Dudley Street, Yonkers 10801
This 35+ acre preserve overlooks the Hudson River and Palisades Mountains. Turn-of-the-century carriage house contains the Lenoir Nature Center. Expect to see hawks circling overhead from the Lenoir Hawk Watch in the fall. A large bird-feeding station is home to blackbirds, sparrows, blue jays, the American Rovin and red-breasted nuthatches, and plenty others. The Nature Center recently added a bird observation window for easy viewing. Also, make sure to stop by the dragonfly pond and butterfly garden.
Boston Post Road, Rye 10580
This 173-acre wildlife sanctuary along the Long Island Sound includes woods, fields, and a salt marsh which is one of just a few in New York open to the public. An excellent bird-watching location with more than 230 species sited.
Mountain Lakes Park
201 Hawley Road, North Salem 10560
Popular activities include boating, camping, fishing, and hiking at this park which is also home to Camp Morty, a traditional camp (with emphasis on environmental awareness and sustainable living) for foster children residing in Westchester County.
Muscoot Farm Park (Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation & Conservation)
Route 100, Somers 10589
Muscoot Farm was originally a "Gentleman's Farm" in the 1800's, before it was acquired by Westchester County in 1967. Here you can walk through the Dairy Barn, Milk House, and other popular barns and buildings. The farm offers a full schedule of programs and tours, including famous hayrides. Explore some of the farm's 777 acres with a seven mile hike through fields, woodlands, and wetlands.
Croton River, Croton-On-Hudson
A 22 acre natural island in the Croton River, this park is surrounded by water during much of the year. There is no bridge or access, but at least now you know what that little island on the Hudson is.
Playland Parkway, Rye 10580
A National Historic Landmark, Playland is Westchester's famous 279-acre recreational complex. In addition to the numerous rides and attractions, Playland rents four-seater pedal boats.
Pocantico Lakes Park
Old Sleepy Hollow Road, Briarcliff Manor
This park is a former water supply reservoir with the lake and the Pocantico River, with its wetlands and forest, comprising this largely wooded park. Major activities include hiking, fishing, equestrian, and nature studies.
Ridge Road Park
Ridge Road, Hartsdale 10530
The picnic areas at this park contain a playground, pavilions, comfort station, ballfields, and large parking areas. However, make sure you have a Westchester County Park Pass, so you can access this park.
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Route 117, Pocantico Hills 10591
This Preserve is the perfect spot for horseback riding, cross-country skiing, sledding, and more. Designed by the National Audubon Society as an IPA (Important Bird Area), the Preserve is a must-visit for bird lovers. The system of scenic carriage roads built by the famous Rockefeller family complements the landscape here. Visitor Center Art Gallery hosts exhibit of local and regional artists working with environmental and cultural themes.
Rye Nature Center
873 Boston Post Road, Rye 10580
Nature at your doorstep. This city-owned facility of 47 acres of wildlife preserve is home to ponds, streams, and hiking trails which provide a full range of environmental education programs and activities including pancake breakfasts, nature photography courses, cookouts, and more!
Saxon Woods Park
Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains 10605
A great summer destination, Saxon Woods park is home to a huge swimming pool and aquatic playground, not to mention an 18-hole miniature golf course. Saxon Woods Golf Course is also part of Saxon Woods Park and is distinguished by large tracts of natural woodland containing steep rock outcrops and wetlands.
Silver Lake Preserve
Lake Street, White Plains
Silver Lake Preserve is a beautiful lake and densely wooded land preserve home to fishing, hiking, walking trails, and nature studies. The historical Preserve was a battleground of the American Revolution in 1776, as well as one of the stopping points for slaves using the Underground Railroad.
Sprain Ridge Park
Jackson Avenue, Yonkers 10703
The park is heavily-wooded with plenty of hiking and biking trails, however a new pool and picnic area make this a fun place to go during the summer.
Teatown Lake Reservation
1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining 10562
Phone: 914-762-2912, ext.10
This 834-acre nature preserve provides a "unique glimpse of the biological diversity and fragile ecosystem of the entire Hudson Hills and Highlands bioregion." The preserve is filled with streams and swamps, forests and meadows, and a scenic gorge. It is also home to a nature center and Wildflower Island with over 230 native and endangered species of wildflowers.
Tibbetts Brook Park
Midland Avenue, Yonkers 10704
Tibbets Brook Park holds a 412' x 125' mammoth park, so make sure to stop by and take a dip this summer, when fairs, festivals, and celebrations are held most often.
Twin Lakes/Nature Study Woods Park
California Road, Eastchester
Named after the two lakes on the property, Twin Lakes Park contains two stables that hire out horses for riding on bridle trails. Combined, the two parks are comprised of 220 acres of woods, marh, lakes, ponds and fields.
Untermyer Park and Gardens
945 North Broadway, Yonkers 10701
This park offers graceful plantings and classical antiquities, including a temple, a grotto, ionic columns, a roman mosaic pool, ancient sculptures set among flower beds, Japanese maples, and more. During the 1970s when the park was in near ruin, it became infamous for alleged midnight black masses. One of the participants was said to be David Berkowitz, Son of Sam killer. Today, it's a great exploring site, wonderful for picnics in the afternoon, concerts held in warmer weather months, but remains a bit at night.
Wampus Pond Park
Route 128, Armonk
Wampus Pond is a small lake, surrounded by steep slopes. Ice skating in the winter, and row boats are available on weekends and holidays, 8 am- 5 pm, from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Ward Pound Ridge Reservation
Routes 35 & 121 South, Pound Ridge 10576
Fly fishing is available on the river that flows through the reservation. At 4,700 acres, it's the largest park in Westchester County. Stop by the Trailside Nature Museum to keep track of the various species as well as attend one of the many programs the museum holds. Many hawks and swallows fly above and the reservation is one of the best places to see butterflies in the New York metro area. Lean-to camping, picnicking, cross-country skiing, and fishing are all available during their appropriate months.
260 Chestnut Ridge Road, Mt. Kisco 10549
Eight miles of hiking trails in a 625-acre nature sanctuary. An outdoor lecture area, tons of programs, a center for maple sugaring, old cemetery, wildlife garden, and composting demonstration area are all available at this sanctuary.
Wilson's Woods Park
East Lincoln Avenue, Mount Vernon
Wilson's Woods Park is known for its wave pool, water slides, spray deck, and water playground set along the beautiful Tudor style bathhouse, and a picnic area under a large canopy of trees. Definitely a summer spot.
Saw Mill River Parkway, Irvington 10533
Among the many things to do at Woodlands Lake, cross country skiing is one of the most pursued. Other activities include hiking, picnicking, and bird watching.