tart a visit to the 4,700-acre Ward Pound Ridge Reservation at the Trailside Museum to get an idea of where you’d like to go and what you’d like to do. The preserve contains miles of trails (a detailed multicolored topographical map is available at the center). The park is largely fields and woods, but also has a few miles of paved roads, good for bicycling. The reservation is a favorite of birders and a checklist is available at the Trailside Museum that lists 185 species recorded in the reservation. The museum, which was the first interpretive nature center in the country, sponsors programs and provides literature, including directions to the famous Leatherman’s Cave. Permanent and seasonal exhibits are featured; there’s a Delaware Indian Resource Center as well and a wildflower garden. Museum hours are 9 to 4 Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday-Sunday; a $2 donation is suggested. The Gallery in the Park at the park office features local artists; hours are 9 to 4. Camping is allowed by permit in open shelters, and the park is accessible around the clock for campers, dawn to dusk for others. The parking fee for out-of-state residents is $10.
Ward Pound Ridge Reservation and the Trailside Museum are off Route 121 just south of Route 35 in Cross River, N.Y. For information, call 914-864-7317; for information on the museum and park, visit parks.westchestergov.com.