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Stewart Preserve - Orange Trail

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Stewart Preserve

Stewart Preserve - Orange Trail is a 1.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Sand Lake, New York that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 1.2 miles Elevation Gain: 147 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly



bird watching




no dogs

The forest is dominantly mature upland oaksugar maplebeech. Individual beech and oak specimens have 100-foot canopy spreads and breast-height diameters greater than 4 feet; some are probably more than 500 years old. Mature hemlock growths can also be found. Groundcover consists of abundant ferns (22 species), mitewort, foamflower, baneberry, hepatica, and starflower. The forest is an important nesting site for rapidly disappearing interior forest birds, including woodpeckers.

I love it!! So many trees it was amazing

1 month ago

It was a nice trail, not hard, marked very well! Orange marks is the main and a blue one is a nice addition. I had surgery on a knee 2 months ago and the trail was kind for it. Definitely need waterproof boots!

Mon Apr 08 2019

needs a bit mote parking.

Thu Oct 11 2018

I read that it was an easy trail but both my dog and I found it to be rugged. Steep downhill into the ravine, lots of rocks and branches on path and got off trail a time or two. But it was beautiful and quiet. We will definitely be back!

Wed Apr 11 2018

Great easy hike. Didn’t see a soul. Nice little stream.

Tue Jul 18 2017

Parts of the trail were really nice, but overall the trail was NOT always easy to follow. Lots of leaves on the track and very muddy. Bugs were pretty much constant. That said, I could see this as a really nice snowshoeing trail, but as a hiking trail, it was kind of blah. Right at the trailhead, be sure to stay to the left and follow the orange trail ... the "leaves" look like the trail goes to the right to complete the loop but it definitely does NOT as I found out (the end of the orange loop is about 20 yards closer to the parking spot).

Sun Jul 09 2017

Hiked the orange and blue trails in the evening after work one day. Very pretty area, but very wet and muddy. Bring sturdy waterproof boots for this one. The trail was fairly well marked.

Fri Feb 24 2017

Would love to come back in late spring. it is a beautiful spot. There is running water, a boulder to climb on. We did both the blue and orange. Wiped the kids and dog out. Hiked in Feb after it was 55-65 degrees for 4 days. Most of the trail was under water or hard snow with water under it.

Sat Nov 14 2015

Very pleased to finally find trail. We enjoyed this trail close to home. Some nice big trees. Can be very muddy..

Thu Oct 09 2014

Nice and easy for families with children

8 months ago

Sun May 04 2014