Baxter Preserve

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Baxter Preserve 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.

1.9 miles
141 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


cross country skiing


horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips


trail running




wild flowers

This 114 acre parcel was donated to the North Salem Open Land Foundation in 1979 by TheLocated 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.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Not much to see.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

nice area small loop

trail running
Thursday, October 15, 2015

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.

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