ATTENTION: Granite Mountain Preserve is OPEN for public use, but trail work is in progress and trails are not yet marked. Please use caution and hike at your own risk.
In 2017, we acquired three land parcels on Granite Mountain in Putnam Valley to permanently conserve 358 acres, creating a new Preserve that protects vital wildlife habitat and drinking water, while serving as a recreational resource for the community. In late 2018, we announced the expansion of the Preserve to 400 acres with the addition of an adjacent parcel. We are also working with Putnam County on a management agreement for their adjoining land, which will bring the Preserve to more than 500 acres in total.
About Granite Mountain
Granite Mountain is located within the watershed of the Peekskill Hollow Brook, part of both the City of Peekskill and Town of Cortlandt drinking water systems. It provides important habitat for wildlife, and was listed in the 2007 Town of Putnam Valley Comprehensive Plan as being “of significant interest to the community.” Granite Mountain is also an important part of the Croton-to-Highlands Biodiversity Area, identified by both New York State and the US Forest Service as a conservation priority.
Update on Public Access
With generous grant and community support, we have been working on several improvements within the Preserve to make it more accessible to the public.
A new welcome sign near the main gate on Peekskill Hollow Road was recently installed and a new parking / access area just passed the main gate was completed at the end of 2018. Joshua Uchetel, a scout from Putnam Valley Boy Scouts of America Troop 41, designed and constructed a new informational kiosk beside the parking lot, which we will be populating with information to help guests plan their visit.
Our land team has also made several improvements to the trail system that will better protect the property’s natural resources and enhance the visitor experience, like constructing new sustainable trails and rerouting some existing trails. The upgraded trail system will be fully blazed and marked soon (anticipated for the fall of 2019). Detailed trail maps will be available both online and at the trailhead kiosk at that time.
Getting to Granite Mountain
The main entrance to the Preserve, marked with a “Welcome to Granite Mountain Preserve” sign, is located opposite Jeanne Drive and across the street from 500 Peekskill Hollow Road in Putnam Valley. Be sure to input “Granite Mountain Preserve” into Google Maps as just “Granite Mountain” will lead you to the wrong location. The new access area and parking lot is located inside the main gate.
Hiking the Preserve
A map of the current primary / main trails can be found in the Resources section below. While trail improvements are ongoing, we offer occasional guided hikes of the Preserve. Visitors are also encouraged to explore the Preserve on their own once all trails are blazed and trail maps are finalized.
We will post progress updates here, in our newsletter, and on our Facebook page. Please contact us if you are interested in receiving information about future guided hikes and volunteer opportunities at the Preserve.
Every so often, we host a Community Forum about Granite Mountain Preserve for interested Putnam Valley residents to learn more and provide input on public access, recreational amenities and natural resources at the Preserve. The 2019 Community Forum will take place Sunday, September 29th, from 1-3pm at the Putnam Valley Free Library (30 Oscawana Lake Road). Please contact us for more information or to RSVP.