How Do You Train?: Betsy Sluder Preserve

The Betsy Sluder Preserve is in Armonk, NY off of Old Route 22.  The park stretches behind the old Armonk Bowl and as a bonus – it features one of the Leatherman’s many caves.  It is a 70 acre park with around a 1.5 mile perimeter trail.  The Leatherman’s cave is in the southern part … Read more

How Do You Train?: Merestead

Merestead is a key trail area in our trail series.  It is a greenway link that helps to join the Butler Preserve, the Meyer Preserve, and the Marsh Sanctuary (and Leonard Park) into a single trail network. You can also access Westmoreland Sanctuary via Butler by crossing a short bridge over interstate 684. Read on … Read more

How Do You Train?: Whippoorwill Park Trails

Whippoorwill Park is in New Castle (Chappaqua), NY close to Greeley High School (see map here).  It is 167 acres and has a perimeter loop of around 2.5 miles.  There is also an unmarked “purple trail” that is one way, terminating at Whippoorwill Lake Rd.  If you add the purple trail to your run your … Read more

Westchester Wilderness Walk

Westchester Wilderness Walk, which includes the Zofnass Family Preserve, encompasses rocky woods, hillside streams, lakes and wetlands and, at 150 acres, is the largest of Westchester Land Trust’s preserves. Link to the full trail map here. An eight-mile trail network traverses some of the most rugged terrain in a town noted for its crags and … Read more

How Do You Train?: Leon Levy Preserve

The Leon Levy Preserve is in South Salem, NY.  It is a 383 acre preserve formed in 2005 when the Westchester Land Trust and the Town of Lewisboro purchased this former Bell property.  This was made possible by a contribution from the Jerome Levy Foundation and support from the Dextra Baldwin McGonagle Foundation. The main … Read more

Walking (and Running) Wild Lewisboro

The Lewisboro Land Trust has put together a fantastic booklet for trail lovers (runners, walkers, and hikers can all benefit) called “Walking Wild Lewisboro.” Walking Wild Lewisboro contains details about 20 preserves and parks in Lewisboro, including the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation (#20 in the map shown here) which has its entrance and about 1/3 … Read more

How Do You Train?: Westmoreland Sanctuary

Westmoreland Sanctuary is located at 260 Chestnut Ridge Rd in Bedford, NY.  It is 625 acres and has a perimeter trail of just under 5.5 miles with many connecting trails.  The start and finish of the trails are at the close to the highest point in the sanctuary so any run will start off downhill … Read more

How Do You Train?: Butler Preserve Trails

The Arthur W. Butler Memorial Sanctuary is owned by the Nature Conservancy.  It is located in Bedford, NY just south of exit 4 on I-684 and across the highway from the Westmoreland Sanctuary. The sanctuary has over 300 acres and a perimeter loop of approximately 4.5 – 5 miles, depending on where you park.  The … Read more

How do you train for the Leatherman?

What trails or roads do you conquer to train for the Leatherman’s Loop (and other trail runs) each year?  Please tell us in the comments what you do to train and what trails (if any) you like.  There are a number of local preserves close to the Reservation that offer single track and wider trails. … Read more