Guard Hill Preserve

Guard Hill Preserve

Guard Hill Road
Bedford Village
76 acres

Visit the Guard Hill Preserve in May or June and you'll see a lush wetland thick with skunk cabbage, cinnamon fern and lumpy sphagnum moss hummocks rising between the red maples. You may hear the songs of black-and-white warblers, rose-breasted grosbeaks and Baltimore orioles and you'll also see the meadows and pastures of nearby farms from a perspective you don't get from the local roads.

These are among the reasons the 76-acre preserve is among our favorites. Another reason? We know what would have been there had it not been for the generosity of Amy and Brian Pennington - 30 houses! The Penningtons bought the property in 2000 to prevent its development and donated it to Westchester Land Trust.

The trailhead is on the south side of Guard Hill Road just west of the intersection of Clinton Road. From there, the trail runs southeast along the edge of the preserve, from which you will notice the pastures of Sunnyfield Farm to the west. The trail is open to hikers and horseback riders alike and is shared with the Bedford Riding Lanes Association.

Directions:The entrance to Guard Hill Preserve is located on Guard Hill Road, in Bedford Village. There are many way to access Guard Hill Road including Route 22, Route 117 and Route 172. The trailhead is on the south side of Guard Hill Road just west of the intersection of Clinton Road. There is parking along the shoulder, south side of Guard Hill Road.