ATTENTION: Please be aware the trail blaze colors have recently changed. Thanks to your feedback, the trail system now includes three same-color loops for hiking: a southern green trail loop, a yellow trail loop to Lookout Point, and a northern red trail loop. Please see the new trail map below and discard any old paper and digital (Avenza) maps you may have.
Hiking the Preserve
A detailed trail map can be found in the Resources section below and is available at the trailhead kiosk. We also offer occasional guided hikes and volunteer opportunities at the Preserve. You can view the (in progress) 2020 schedule of hikes on our Take-a-Hike! page. Please contact us if you are interested in receiving information about future hikes.
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.
Update on Public Access
With generous grant and community support, we have completed 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 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 will be stocked with trail maps and other helpful 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 is now fully blazed and marked, and a trail map is available in the Resources section below and at the trailhead kiosk.
About Granite Mountain Preserve
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.
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.
Map (click links below for pdf)
Granite Mountain Preserve Trail Map (updated February 2020)