The Phase One trails of the Winnakee Land Trust and Town of Red Hook are now open. These trails are on 335 acres of land in the Town of Red Hook, purchased by Winnakee and enabled with funds from the CWIA/EPF Water Quality Improvement Project Grant administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). The primary purpose for the acquisition is to protect the water supply of Saw Kill through an innovative public private partnership with the Town of Red Hook called the Saw Kill Water Quality Protection Project.
Winnakee’s purchase of the land for The Saw Kill Water Quality Protection Project protects the Saw Kill, a water course that is a source of drinking water supply for Bard College, approximately 5,000 feet downstream. Ownership of the land ensures no development or harmful practices will take place on the lands that could negatively impact the water supply. Another unique and important feature of this project is the partnership of Winnakee with the Town of Red Hook. The Red Hook Community Preservation Board provided funds for the purchase of a conservation easement on the lands now owned by Winnakee, which enabled Winnakee to meet the match requirement under the terms of the DEC grant.
Future trails will connect the Town of Red Hook to Bard College. READ PRESS RELEASE ON SAW KILL ACQUISITION.
The official address is Red Hook Red Park West, 130 Linden Avenue (across from Fruit Bud), Red Hook, NY. Follow the trail near the kiosk to the end for the trailhead of the “Lookout Trail” (Red Trail). The Waterline Trail (Light Blue Trail) is also open to residents with limited street parking on Fir Street.