ATTENTION: Granite Mountain Preserve is OPEN, but trail work is ongoing. 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 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.
Thank you for your patience! We are working on several improvements within Granite Mountain Preserve. The new parking and access area is now complete. We are also working on upgrades to the trail system that will better protect the property’s natural resources and enhance the visitor experience. These improvements include constructing new trails, rerouting some existing trails, marking trails, and creating detailed trail maps.
A map of the current primary trails can be found in the Resources section below, but please note we recommend waiting to explore the Preserve on your own until the trail work is completed next year. In the meantime, we will be offering guided hikes of the Preserve as improvements are being made. Please contact us if you are interested in hiking in the Preserve.
We will post updates here, in our newsletter, and on our Facebook page. Also, please stay tuned for volunteer opportunities to help with trails and other projects at the Preserve.