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Location: Stewart State Forest, Maybrook, Orange county
WalkRequires excessive walkingBirdingArea great for bird watchingHorseHorse related or horseback riding permittedMarsh LandMarsh LandWoodland TrailsWoodland TrailsDog friendlyDog frienldy, bring a leash

SPARC is the Stewart Park and Reserve Coalition, an all-volunteer not-for-profit that has protected the lands around Stewart Airport in New Windsor, Orange County, New York; those lands (about 7,000 acres) are now designated by the state as Stewart State Forest, and managed by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. SSF is an unparalleled resource - for visitors, animals, plant life and the region as a whole. Having won the fight to protect the lands after a 20 year battle, SPARC is now focused on stewardship and education so Stewart State Forest will be available for future generations of human and wildlife.

Stewart State Forest is more than 7,000 acres of wild space with a large diversity of landscapes including open fields, marshes, streams, ponds, lakes and forest. Because of the immense size of the park some form of non-motorized transportation is helpful such as a horse or bicycle. There are several places to enter the park. The favorite amongst horseback riders and birders is the Ridge Road parking area off of route 17K near Montgomery. Mountain bikers tend to favor the Weed Road parking area off of route 207 and the North Barron Road entrance off route 17K. A firing range frequented by law enforcement is just inside the South Barron Road entrance off route 208. There are a few other smaller entrances with little parking along route 207. Walkers love to meander along the lesser travelled Maple Avenue where you will pass by marshlands, woods and a beautiful lake. Maple avenue can be accessed by the Ridge Road Parking area off route 17K or a small pull-off along route 207. Anyplace you choose to enter the forest you will be greeted by nature and have plenty to explore.

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