How Do You Train?: The Burden Preserve

imageThe town of New Castle recently acquired a great open space area off of Route 128 south of Ben & Jerry’s in Mt. Kisco.  The property used to belong to William Burden, the ambassador to Belgium under Dwight Eisenhower. It was purchased by the Town of New Castle as part of its open space program.  The park was formally opened in October 2008. (some text used from website here)

Click here to download a pdf map of the preserve.

From the parking area off Sheather Road you will find a set of trails looping through this 124 acre wetland area, crossing streams, passing ponds, and climbing a small hill with views to the southeast.

The park is divided into two sections, which are connected via the white trail. The southern section features varied topography, wooded with hardwoods and occasional conifers, some mature trees, stone walls, old stone foundations, rock outcroppings, low wetland areas, slightly sloping and level upland areas, meadows. The northern section, north of Sheather Road and west of Harriman Road is primarily lowlands with wetlands along Armonk Road. Uplands along Harriman Road have immature woodlands, streams flowing down to wetlands in western section, and remnants of wire fencing and other iron and wire constructions.

Click the “read more” link to view a Google Map of the preserve.

From the parking area on Sheather Road, the blue trail heads north, splitting a few hundred feet in.  It joins up again a few tenths of a mile into the preserve at the white trail.  The white trail continues north until it reaches the red trail loop.  The entire perimeter trail, including the yellow, orange, and purple loop trails shown on the map, is around 2.5 miles.

This trail is close to the Whippoorwill Park Trail previously written about.  Merestead, Leonard Park, and the Marsh Sanctuary are all accessible via short road runs.  The Meyer Preserve is not too far as well.

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