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 and birding and is accessible year-round.
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.
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.
Very pleased to finally find trail. We enjoyed this trail close to home. Some nice big trees. Can be very muddy..
Nice and easy for families with children