Stewart Preserve - Orange Trail

EASY 6 reviews

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.

DISTANCE
1.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
164 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

forest

muddy

snow

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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).

hiking
3 months ago

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.

hiking
7 months ago

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.

hiking
Saturday, November 14, 2015

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

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Nice and easy for families with children

Sunday, May 04, 2014