The Holidays are officially here. With all the mild weather we’ve had this fall, it’s hard to believe it, but the season of decadence has arrived! Which means time to start planning all those outdoor excursions to not only work off Thanksgiving meal and egg nog-filled late nights, but to get your sugar-high kids out of the house! We all know how crazy we get cooped up inside, and just because winter is descending it doesn’t mean we have to stay indoors. Finding an outdoor park that’s great year-round can be crucial, especially with kids involved. A fantastic one is Ward Pound Ridge Reservation – Westchester County, NY’s biggest park.
The size of the park – 4,135 acres – is what sets it apart from all the others. With miles of wooded trails and a variety of different landscapes and settings, it’s a beautiful area to explore, and for obvious reasons never feels crowded. There are so many different parts of the park where one can wander about that you could go here many times and always do something different. There are trails for walking and hiking, fishing, picnicking, camping, and cross-country skiing. It truly is a four seasons park, and that’s what we love about it. Even with no leaves on the trees, which is when we recently went, it was still incredibly beautiful. There is something about the vastness of the park that makes it especially unique. The girls kept running and running…with so much open space they literally didn’t stop. We traversed woods, streams, meadows, fields, and even came upon a group of horseback riders, which was the icing on the cake.
For a day spent outside, especially with a picnic involved, head to Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. I should also say for a night of camping, head here too – I have heard many great things about the campsites. The park is open year round, and it is $5 with a Park Pass and $10 without a pass.
Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, 6 Reservation Road, Pound Ridge, NY 10576