Hunter Brook Preserve
Beekman Court off Hunter Brook Road, Yorktown
Park at Trailhead parking area
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The Hunter Brook Preserve covers 45 acres along the stream corridor of the Hunter Brook, an important tributary of the Croton Reservoir, in Yorktown. In an area that is under increasing development pressure, the presence of the preserve protects the stream habitat and the quality of the water that flows into the Croton Reservoir. Westchester Land Trust acquired it in late 2000 as part of a nearby housing subdivision.
Natural habitats on the preserve, in addition to the stream and riparian corridor, include wetlands, scrub/shrub, and upland forest. The stream is broad and fairly straight in the northern section and tends toward serpentine in the south, where some islands have formed.
|John Schroeder of the Yorktown Land Trust preparing a trail at Hunter Brook|
Wildflowers grow along the stream. The Hunter Brook and the woods surrounding it provide some of the best wildlife habitat in northwestern Westchester. Mink and muskrat use the stream corridor, brook trout, sunfish, suckers and bluegills can be found in the brook itself, wood frogs and spotted salamanders inhabit the wetlands and adjacent woods, and barred owls, great-horned owls, wood thrushes and many other birds nest in the area. Hunter Brook Preserve, maintained in partnership with Yorktown Land Trust, is available for fishing with a New York State license.
The subdivision developer, Wilder-Balter Partners, initially developed the trail system, which is open to the public. From the entrance to the preserve at the footbridge, hikers may walk north on either side of the brook, where there are beautiful views of the stream as it tumbles toward the Croton Reservoir.
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