Bedford, Westchester County, NY
61.5 acres


US 287 to US 684 to exit 6; go 0.3 miles on Route 35 east; turn onto Route 22 south (Cantitoe Road); go 4 miles and turn right onto Clinton Road; go 0.7 miles on Clinton Road; park in the pull-off on right as stream-crossing with guardrails.

Another entrance:

Continue to the end of Clinton Road; turn right on Guard Hill Road and proceed 0.2 miles; park on right at #564 Guard Hill Road.

There is another access point on Narrows Road. 


In 1974 Mr. and Mrs. Hobart Lewis donated 24.4 acres to TNC. The remaining 34.6 acres came from three sisters: Jane Canfield, Katherine Caulkins, and Marian Coward.

2001  --  Tanya Lowe wanted to donate two acres to the preserve.  But there was a parcel of land between her property and the preserve.  So she approached the owners, Kim & Doug Speegle, and they also added their property to the preserve.


Follow Bedford Riding Lanes Association (BRLA) signs across footbridge into the preserve.

Or from second entrance: walk down private driveway about 1,500 feet to the preserve entrance.

From Narrows Road, the primarily equestrian trail heads southeast to two different points on Clinton Road, separated by a pond.

David's Brook flows through the preserve.

6/27/02. I parked along Clinton Road. Followed the Bedford Riding Lanes Association (BRLA) signs. Walked along the stream with a lot of wetland plants on the right and left. Crossed a bridge over the stream and then went slightly uphill along a hill overlooking the swampy area on the far right. Many of the trails have jumping obstacles for the horses. The trail keeps heading in the northwest direction generally. Then you come to a 4-way intersection, one going northwest-southeast and the other going northeast-southwest. A left turn takes you to the entrance with the official Piney Woods Preserve sign. I took a right turn and followed the trail through the woods. Eventually you come to some No Trespassing signs (unless you are a BRLA member it says). Following the path leads past a red maple swamp on the right and out to a dirt/gravel road (probably on Narrows Road, near house #95).

Dr. Patrick L. Cooney
6/27/02; * = found in bloom

Acer platanoides (Norway maple)
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Betula alleghaniensis (yellow birch)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Betula populifolia (gray birch)
Carpinus caroliniana (musclewood)
Carya glabra (pignut hickory)
Carya ovata (shagbark hickory)
Carya sp. (hickory)
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Picea abies (Norway spruce)
Pinus sp. (pine)
Pinus strobus (white pine)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Quercus velutina (black oak)
Rhamnus frangula (European buckthorn) alt.
Ulmus americana (American elm)

Alnus serrulata (smooth alder)
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Chimaphila maculata (striped wintergreen)
Cornus amomum (swamp dogwood) *
Cornus racemosa (gray-stem dogwood) *
Corylus americana (American hazelnut)
Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus)
Ilex verticillata (winterberry holly)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush)
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow's honeysuckle)
Mitchella repens (partridgeberry)
Rhododendron viscosum (swamp azalea) *
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus hispidus (swamp dewberry) *
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Rubus phoenicolasius (wineberry)
Rubus sp. (blackberry) *
Sambucus canadensis (common elderberry) *
Vaccinium corymbosum (highbush blueberry)
Vaccinium pallidum (hillside blueberry)
Viburnum acerifolium (maple-leaf viburnum)
Viburnum dentatum (arrowwood) smooth
Viburnum lentago (nannyberry viburnum)

Amphicarpaea bracteata (hog peanut)
Calystegia sepium (hedge bindweed)
Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle) *
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Solanum dulcamara (bittersweet nightshade) *
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis labrusca (fox grape)

Actaea alba (doll's eyes)
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard) *
Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp) *
Artemisia vulgaris (common mugwort)
Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed) * soon
Asparagus officinalis (asparagus)
Aster divaricatus (white wood aster)
Bidens sp. (beggarticks)
Centaurea sp. (hybrid knapweed) *
Cichorium intybus (chicory) *
Circaea lutetiana (enchanter's nightshade)
Commelina communis (Asiatic dayflower) *
Cypripedium acaule (pink lady's slipper)
Dianthus armeria (Deptford pink) *
Erigeron philadelphicus (common fleabane) *
Eupatorium rugosum (white snake root)
Euphorbia maculata (spotted spurge)
Galium circaezens (wild licorice)
Galium mollugo (wild madder) *
Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)
Geum canadense (white avens) *
Hesperis matronalis (dame's rocket) *
Heuchera americana (alumroot) *
Impatiens sp. (jewelweed)
Lapsana communis (nipplewort) *
Leonurus cardiaca (motherwort) *
Lepidium virginicum (poor man's pepper) *
Lotus corniculatus (birdfoot trefoil) *
Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)
Medicago lupulina (black medick) *
Monotropa uniflora (Indian pipe)
Oxalis sp. (yellow wood sorrel) *
Plantago major (common plantain)
Polygonum cespitosum (cespitose smartweed) *
Polygonum cuspidatum (Japanese knotweed)
Polygonum virginianum (jumpseed)
Potentilla simplex (common cinquefoil)
Prunella vulgaris (self-heal)
Ranunculus acris (tall buttercup) *
Rumex obtusifolius (broad dock)
Satureja vulgaris (wild basil) *
Silene alba (white campion) *
Silene vulgaris (bladder campion) *
Solanum carolinense (horse nettle) *
Solidago caesia (blue-stem goldenrod)
Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage)
Taraxacum officinale (common dandelion ) *
Thalictrum pubescens (tall meadowrue)
Trientalis borealis (starflower)
Trifolium aureum (yellow clover) *
Trifolium pratense (red clover) *
Trifolium repens (white clover) *
Trifolium sp. (hop clover) *
Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)
Urtica dioica var. dioica (stinging nettle)
Uvularia sessilifolia (sessile-leaved bellwort)
Veronica officinalis (common speedwell)
Viola sp. (violet)

Juncus effusus (soft rush)
Juncus tenuis (path rush)

Carex laxiflora type (sedge)
Carex lurida (sedge)
Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)
Carex stipata (sedge)
Carex stricta (tussock sedge)

Dactylis glomerata (orchard grass)
Glyceria striata (mannagrass)
Leersia alba (white grass)
Lolium perenne (English rye grass)
Panicum clandestinum (deer-tongue grass)
Phalaris arundinacea (canary reed grass)
Phleum pratense (timothy grass)
Poa annua (annual bluegrass) *

Lycopodium obscurum (pine tree clubmoss)
Dennstaedtia punctilobula (hay-scented fern)
Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)
Osmunda cinnamomea (cinnamon fern)
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)
Thelypteris noveboracensis (New York fern)