Teatown Lake Reservation, Ossining

4.9
#2 of 13 in Wildlife in Westchester County
Teatown Lake Reservation is a nonprofit nature preserve and environmental education center in Westchester County, New York, in the United States. The reservation includes an 1,000-acre (4.0 km2) nature preserve and education center located in the Westchester towns of Yorktown, Cortlandt, and New Castle. About 25,000 people come each year to hike the preserve's 15 miles (24 km) of trails, attend an education program, visit the Nature Center, or tour "Wildflower Island". Teatown's educators offer adult, family and children's programs to 20,000 participants annually, including nearly 6,000 schoolchildren and 700 summer camp students.


Known by locals simply as "Teatown", the organization works to conserve biodiversity, teach ecology and promote nature-friendly living. Located in the heart of the Lower Hudson Valley's Hudson Highlands bioregion, Teatown Lake Reservation's mission is to conserve open space, educate citizens about the environment, and involve the public in order to sustain the diversity of wildlife, plants and habitats for future generations.
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  • Lovely local spot for a shorter or longer hike. Suitable for all ages. Well laid out trails circle lakes or follow streams or criss-cross small hills. If it has been rainy, the trails might be...  more »
  • Great location for a walk in nature. Animals are great to walk around & visitor center has informative items of all animals in the area. This is a great location for families. Level walk path around.....  more »
  • One of my favorite local places with a nice trail around the lake or more varied trails through the woods.  more »
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  • We've been coming here since my boys were born, spent almost every weekend just walking the lake trail and enjoying the wildlife and scenery. Now my boys are 30 and 31 and we still get out once in a while to just enjoy nature. Still enjoy the lake trail, eating lunch under the boat house, bring your own food, also it's carry in, carry out. When visiting make sure you stop by the bird of prey enclosures. Tea town takes care of a bald eagle, some owls, hawks, kestrel and crows that have been injured in the past, have healed, and are now ambassadors for the park. There's also a maple sugar shack, and the visitor center where people of all ages can enjoy learning about the diverse eco system and it's inhabitants. You can bring dogs as long as they're on leashes and enjoy a great day out in nature. The trails are rough in spots so wear appropriate shoes. Enjoy!!!
  • Trails well groomed. There are stumps in certain spots. Different levels of trails for everyone. I felt very safe. Nice family place. Well shaded trail. If u live close I suggest becoming a member.
  • Quiet calm walking trails, great nature center w/a bathroom. Well worth the $5 parking fee
  • Spring blooms seeking sky Grey trunks dominate green trees As Teatown Lake stirs We were looking for somewhere close to take our kids hiking (4 & 6) and came across this place via google maps. The initial google maps search landed us at Wildflower Island, which lead us to Teatown Lake Reservation. The staff at the Nature Center were very friendly and helpful. Pointed us towards the BLUE trail which skirted the lake. Very easy hike with the 2 kids where they could hop and jump along. Plenty of benches scattered along the way, bring a little snack and water if you plan to do the whole loop. Our overall walking distance from parking lot back to parking lot was about 2.7 miles. We spent 2 hours and change with the hike, bathroom visits and a quick peak at the live animals in the center. There were additional trails that broke off from the one we were on, some that leads to neighboring lakes or parallels the trail we were on. Some other notes, apparently the beavers were active; along the trail there were many pencil point tree trunks for the kids to point out. They have reptiles and amphibians at the Nature Center, and the restrooms were very clean. Parking for non-members is $5 that you can pay at a kiosk with cash or credit card. First week of spring and seems like some mosquitos were out at certain areas around the lake, bring spray.
  • Very peaceful walk around the lake. Back in the day my son loved to see the animals that Teatown took care of.
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