We’ve been on a hiking kick. With winter approaching, I feel the need to squeeze out every last minute of outdoor time before the cold sets in. We did a great fall hike at Cranberry Lake a few weeks ago, and last weekend we checked out Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining.
What a great place. We stopped in at the nature center first, where a very nice environmentalist handed us a map and gave us the lowdown on their most popular and easiest hike — a 1.5 mile loop around Teatown Lake (the Lakeside blue trail on this trail map). She told us to look out for beaver dams and markings on the trees, as well as turtles while on the floating bridge toward the end of the loop. The kids were intrigued.
If 1.5 miles sounds like a lot for small kids, it’s actually not that bad. There are plenty of benches to take a break on and have a snack. And because the trail goes around the lake, you can always see how far you’ve come and where you’re heading next. It’s not like when you’re hiking in the middle of the woods and sometimes it gets discouraging because you can’t see how much farther you have to go.
The foliage was amazing when we were there, last weekend of October. You can probably still catch the colors for another week or two. We brought along a zip-lock bag for collecting fall leaves along the way, which kept the kids busy for the majority of the hike. Another idea is to bring along a scavenger hunt like this one. Happy hiking!
Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining; (914) 762-2912