Hunter Farm
Slate Hill, NY

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.

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.