Moonbeams Preserve
Middletown, NY

150 acres of fields, forest, and wetlands located at the base of the Shawangunk Ridge and bordering the Shawangunk Kill; Moonbeams is a quiet hidden gem. Donated to the Orange County Land Trust by The Nature Conservancy, this lovely preserve is open to the public for hiking, birding, and nature study. Grass field parking and an informational kiosk – describing the preserve’s two trail systems, history, and interesting flora and fauna found on the preserve – are available at the entrance.

Be advised that due to ground-nesting bird habitat, dogs are not permitted on this preserve. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Take Rt. 17 west from Middletown. Take exit 118 and turn left at the exit’s stop sign onto Brown Road. After the overpass, turn right onto Rt. 76. After 1.1 miles, turn left onto Prosperous Valley Road (called Shawangunk Rd on the opposite side of Rt. 76). Follow Prosperous Valley Road 0.6 miles to stop sign. Turn left there, continuing on Prosperous Valley Road an additional 1.6 miles to the Preserve. There will be a sign for Moonbeams Preserve on your left with the parking area immediately beforehand on the right. Park in the grassy area adjacent to the large red barn. The barn is private property and not part of the preserve.

For GPS:
Use 219 Prosperous Valley Road, Middletown, NY 10940.