The Land Trust’s first acquisition, this 60-acre nature preserve of open, rolling fields, woodlands
and two ponds is open to the public year-round for walking, photography, birdwatching and fishing.
This preserve has an abundance of wildlife. The ponds are home to beaver, heron, wood ducks, turtles,
frogs and dragonflies. The fields are home to numerous bird species and one of the largest concentrations
of butterflies in the northeast. Also found on this preserve is The Tadpole Trail, the Land Trust’s
exploratory nature trail for children, consisting of a ¾ mile trail with seven outdoor learning stations.
From Middletown, take Co. Rt. 49, Wawayanda Road west.
After passing under I-84, take the second right, Mt. Orange Road, then the first left onto Ethan Way.
The entrance to Hunter Farm Preserve is directly in front of the stop sign at the end of Ethan Way.
Parking is on the street.
Use 65 Jared Court, Slate Hill, NY 10973.
photo above left: Nick Zungoli/Exposures Gallery
The Tadpole Trail Nature Trail for Children
With a grant from Orange & Rockland Utilities, the Orange County Land Trust is pleased to announce
the completion of The Tadpole Trail, a hands-on outdoor learning area featuring a self-guided children’s
exploratory trail. Hunter Farm Preserve is a 60-acre nature preserve with an abundance of wildlife- ponds
with beaver, heron, wood ducks, turtles, frogs and dragonflies and fields that are home to numerous bird
species and over 28 documented species of butterfly- one of the largest concentrations of butterfly
in the eastern United States!
Bring the entire family to walk along our ¾ mile trail with 7 activity stations that focus on the preserve’s
natural habitat and seasonal indicators of wildlife and plant life. The trail is a perfect field trip
destination for school groups, girl and boy scout troops and summer day camps.
Click here for our self-guided audio version of The Tadpole Trail, which can be downloaded onto your MP3 player.