Westchester County

Cranberry Lake Preserve

Cranberry Lake Preserve

cranberryCranberry Lake Preserve is a 190-acre park operated by the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation.

Since 1967, the park has been a safe haven for animals and plants, including migratory birds, turtles, and dragonflies. Within the preserve are a variety of habitats including a four-acre lake, cliffs and scrubland, mixed hardwood forest, vernal pools, and a swamp. Visitors can learn about the area's past by following the History Trail to the remains of a 19th-century farmhouse and early 20th-century stone-mining operation.

The Nature Center offers family-oriented nature programs most weekends and houses a variety of interactive, educational displays. Nature programs are offered to the public nearly every weekend.

Amenities
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  • County park pass is not required for admission. No parking fees.
  • Directions: 1609 Old Orchard Street, North White Plains, NY  10604
  • Park hours: Park open dawn to dusk. Nature Lodge and front gate are open Wednesday-Sunday. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Phone: (914) 428-1005
  • Trail Map
  • History Trail map
  • County parks map
  • Wildlife display
  • Nature study: Interpretive programs offered weekends during school year.
  • Field trips: A variety of subjects including Geology and Pond Exploration are offered to school groups and other organizations. Call to arrange.
  • Summer Camp: Children's Summer Ecology Program for grades one through nine
  • Birthday parties: Call to arrange

Rules
Cranberry Lake Preserve is a designated Biodiversity Reserve Area. Please keep this park a special place for wildlife by observing the following rules:

  • Take nothing but photos -all plants, animals and minerals are protected.
  • Dogs are not permitted.
  • Bicycles are not allowed on any of the trails- we recommend Graham Hills park.
  • Fishing is prohibited- we recommend Kensico Reservoir and Wampus Pond.
  • Stay on designated hiking trails.
  • Carry out what you carry in.
  • If you see areas in the preserve that need maintenance, please report them to the nature center.
  • Report any violation of these rules.