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Baxter Preserve Loop is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near North Salem, New York that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.9 mi Elevation gain 141 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Cross country skiing

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

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This 114 acre parcel was donated to the North Salem Open Land Foundation in 1979. Located on the south side of Baxter Road, this is one of the most popular and well-used of all the parcels held by NSOLF. It is frequented by hikers, dog walkers and horse-back riders and an occasional fisherman. The trails are mostly wide and open, lined with a variety of trees, including black cherry, cottonwood, maple and apple trees. Walking is easy as the trails are level and mostly covered with grass. Just walk along and enjoy the scenery. The Racetrack circles the pond and features the Grandstand, a place where people watched the races, and an impressive large oak tree. Near the eastern part of the Racetrack, the trail is bounded by the stone wall and a fence. An aging sugar maple stands in the field. The second trail in the Baxter Preserve diverges off the eastern part of the Racetrack, just beyond the sugar maple. This will lead you into several more fields where you can hike or ride. Here one may find some walnut trees and jewel weed and even the leopard frog, another interesting inhabitant of Baxter. These areas can be marshy and wet after rain, so be prepared to step through puddles if walking during those times. Smaller trails branch off and traverse more fields in the Preserve, where ironweed and purple loosestrife have flourished. The Baxter Preserve trails are easy to walk. They provide a good view of the flora and occasionally the fauna of North Salem and a glimpse of the history of the town.

80-170 Baxter Rd North Salem, NY 10560

http://www.nsolf.org/index.php/get-involved/contact-nsolf

You can find the entrance to many of the Baxter Preserve trails in an open field located on Baxter Road across from the Goldens Bridge Hounds kennels. There are two long trails, the most prominent being the mile-long trail known as the Racetrack. The second trail branches off and returns to the Racetrack, creating a larger loop for visitors to hike. It is also approximately mile long. These trails are also used as horse paths and can be traversed on horseback as well as on foot.

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Duncan DeFonce
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HikingBugsOff trail

Pretty, but the trail is completely unmarked and the gps AllTrails map was even worse. Multiple times it showed us as over 100ft off trail when we were on the correct trail, and even led us directly to private property that we were expected to trespass on. You can find your way around eventually, but it was very confusing and frustrating.

Comment from AllTrails

- 13 days ago

The map has been updated to reflect your recorded route. Thanks!

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Steve Chapman
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Hot Cocoa
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HikingBridge out

Really love this place. Keep your eye out for the eagle. If you go early around 7 AM you may get to see the foxhounds across the street. Look to me to be about 30 of them. If you go on the Outerloop there is a small stream you have to cross so wear waterproof shoes

Michael Mead
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HikingMuddy

Very big! Can be tough to walk after rainfall due to the mud puddles.

George Gierer
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Not much to see.

Matthew Cerreta
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nice area small loop

Lee Seeman
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Running

Beautify open space with many connected open fields with single-track trails around perimeter and cross connecting. Great for dog walks, trail runs, casual walks and horseback riding. The openness and sweeping fields lend beauty to not what the activity.

Jim Rayfield
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Thomas Bond
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Raymond LoGiudici
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K Hayes
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Dan Tinson
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Vanessa Hall
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Pia DeAngelis
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Pia DeAngelis
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Suzanne Taylor
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Terry Ockey
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Rachel C.
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Dan Wellers
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Steve Welgoss
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Early R.
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Wendy Curran
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Leila Jones
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Heather Kirk
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Heather Kirk
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Heather Kirk
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Brenna Plank
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Juan Hernandez
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Dan Coleman
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