Posted on April 21, 2021 and last updated on April 21, 2021

Kennard Road Trail, Newburgh

QUICK TRAIL FACTS

  • Preserve Size: 115 acres?
  • Trail Mileage: 1.1-mile loop
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: Birch-Beech-Maple forest

This is a pleasant place to walk, especially if you are looking for a gentler place on the knees. While it’s not wheelchair accessible, it is a good for older and younger walkers. Funny, the name doesn’t sound very appealing—it is named after a road after all—but don’t let the less-than-poetic name keep you away!

The 1.1-mile loop trail follow an old, moss-grown road (well, mossy in parts), and is well blazed. It is wide and easy, and mostly flat. While it doesn’t have a view, it comes very close to one, where you can catch glimpses of a wide field and hills through the trees. Maybe there is a little scratched-out path to the edge of the field? I didn’t see one but I was in a rush.

The land is owned by the town, and the Landmark Heritage Trust takes care of the trail.

Directions:To reach the preserve, turn onto Kennard Road from Route 9, across the stret from the Newburgh Town Office. Go roughly 0.5 miles up the road and you’ll see a small sign for the preserve on your right. The pull-in for cars is fairly small. (Google maps shows Kennard Road heading off to the left as you come in, but it’ll be obvious to follow it to the right when the road splits.)

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Let me know if you have any trail updates or corrections!