Situated near the Spring House on the south side of the property, is the entrance to the woodland trail. First opened in October 1997, the 1.25 mile trail winds through 29 acres of wooded landscape and features gently-tumbling waterfalls, native plants and trees and spectacular vistas of the river. Rustic structures made of native eastern red cedar are located along the trail, including a gazebo, bridge, benches and an octagonal pavilion. The trail is named for Frances Stevens Reese (1917-2003), a longtime member of Boscobel’s Board of Directors and a champion of land conservation in the Hudson Valley.
In 2014, the trail was expanded and rededicated as, The Frances Stevens Reese Woodland Trail of Discovery — a self-guided discovery hike for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages which provides ample opportunities to learn about the history and environment of a natural forest, Constitution Marsh and the Hudson River.
Funding for the Frances Stevens Reese Woodland Trail of Discovery made possible in part by the Malcolm Gordon Charitable Fund, a supporting organization of Open Space Institute.
The trail includes 36 colorfully illustrated plaques created by artist Stacey Farley (also a Boscobel Board Member) depicting local birds, plants and wildlife. All visitors to Boscobel, including local schools, scouting troops and other youth organizations are welcome to visit the Woodland Trail of Discovery for a unique, educational experience in the heart of the Hudson Valley. A Trail Guide is distributed free to all visitors.
Please Note: Boscobel welcomes service dogs (with proper identification), but all other pets are not permitted.