Winnakee Nature Preserve conserves part of the estate of Colonel Archibald Rogers, a neighbor and close friend of the Roosevelt family. It was on Rogers’ land where FDR learned about forestry and was imbued with a deep love of the land and natural habitats. The historic culverts, canals, and trails within the preserve are artifacts of Rogers’ 19th-century innovations in forest management. Some of the trees on the tour date from this period, while others are recent introductions. This arboretum is an opportunity to slow down and notice details that speak to us about the ever-changing world of the forest. The nature preserve consists of 105 acres with extensive public hiking trails, protected forever by Winnakee Land Trust.
This beautiful historic wooded property is just off Route 9 on Van Dam Road in Hyde Park, NY (41.778701, -73.930970; this is the main entrance, the Arboretum tour starts here.)
Another entrance with additional parking is on Terwilliger Road, Hyde Park (41.775270, -73.925879).