Doansburg Preserve
Old Doansburg Road & Putnam Lake Rd, Southeast, Putnam County
Putnam County Land Trust
13 acres


From Route 22 - proceed to Doansburg Road in Brewster, (which is the road on which the Post Office is located). Turn onto Doansburg Road and proceed to Millfarm Lane. Make a right onto Millfarm Lane. The Preserve is 500 feet on the left side.


From Rt. 22 and Putnam Lake Road (Old Doansburg Road) drive east toward Putnam Lake for 1.8 miles to Gage Road (near the Green Chimneys campus). Turn right onto Gage Road and proceed approximately 0.25 of a mile, passing the Putnam County Highway facility and a private home on the right. There is a small parking area on the right (across from the house numbered 495 Gage Road) enough for 3 cars if they are parked closely together. Frontage is marked with orange-colored boundary signs/small flags.


Two streams merge in the northeast corner and flow towards the East Branch Croton River.


1991 --  Henry and Vera Keil of Cold Spring, New York donate the land to the Putnam County Land Trust.  (The Keils are the proprietors of the Bed and Breakfast Pig Hill Inn, 73 Main Street, Cold Spring-on-Hudson.)


scrub/shrub wetland, wet meadows, a stream that feeds directly into the East Branch of the Croton River.

Supports populations of rare plants such as swamp birch (Betula pumila) and clearweed (Pilea fontana).


Are there trails here? I started walking down what looked like a trail, but it just led to a small creek, too wide to cross when filled with water. (Dr. Patrick L. Cooney)

When I returned I pushed through where there looked like there was some type of path -- maybe an overgrown deer path. Found marker 5.

Went back a couple days latter and walked down the road a little ways and found what used to be signs for the trail in a moist meadow. Found markers 2 and 3 along with 2 arrowhead signs marked with the word "trail." The trail soon peters out.

Dr. Patrick L. Cooney

Acer rubrum (red maple)
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Fraxinus pensylvanica (red ash)
Prunus serotina (black cheery)
Salix nigra (black willow)
Tilia americana (American basswood)
Ulmus americana (American elm)

Alnus serrulata (smooth alder)
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Ilex verticillata (winterberry holly) 6/19/00
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose) 6/19/00
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Viburnum dentatum (arrowwood viburnum)

Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Solanum dulcamara (bittersweet nightshade) 6/19/99
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis sp. (grape)

Achillea millefolium (yarrow) 6/21/00
Alisma sp.? (water plantain?)
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard) 6/19/00 6/21/00
Amphicarpaea bracteata (hog peanut)
Artemisia vulgaris (common mugwort)
Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)
Calystegia sepium (hedge bindweed)
Cichorium intybus (chicory)
Eupatorium perfoliatum (boneset)
Eupatorium spp. (Joe-Pye-weed)
Galium mollugo (wild madder) 6/21/00
Galium sp. (bedstraw) 6/19/00 white flowers 6 in whorl
Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)
Impatiens capensis (orange jewelweed)
Iris pseudacorus. (yellow iris) 6/21/00 soon
Lepidium virginicum (wild pepper grass) 6/19/00
Linaria vulgaris (butter and eggs)
Lotus corniculatus (birdfoot trefoil) 6/21/00
Lysimachia morrowii (Morrow's honeysuckle)
Lysimachia nummularia (moneywort) 6/21/00
Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife)
Myosotis laxa (lesser forget-me-not) 6/21/00
Myosotis scirpoides (forget me not) 6/19/00
Oxalis dilenii (yellow wood sorrel)
Phytolacca americana (pokeweed)
Plantago lanceolata (English plantain)
Polygonum sagittatum (arrowhead tearthumb)
Ranunculus acris (tall buttercup) 6/21/00
Rumex crispus (curled dock)
Sisyrinchium angustifolium (blue-eyed grass)
Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage)
Trifolium pratense (red clover) 6/19/00
Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)
Urtica dioica var. procera (tall stinging nettle)
Veratrum viride (swamp hellebore)
Verbascum thapsus (common mullein) 6/19/00
Vernonia noveboracensis? (New York ironweed)?
mint lvs OT oblong, square stem, purple

Juncus effusus (soft rush)

Carex crinita (sedge)
Carex lurida (sedge)
Carex sp. (star cluster carex)
Carex stricta (sedge)
Carex vulpinoide (sedge)
Scirpus cyperinus (wooly grass bulrush)

Glyceria spp. (mannagrass)
Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass) 6/19/99
Phleum pratense (timothy grass)

Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)
Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)

Source: The Nature Conservancy 1996