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Discover our grounds

Looking to commune with nature? One of the Hudson Valley’s best kept secrets is the Cary Institute’s 2,000-acre campus.

Visitors are encouraged to explore our hiking trails, internal roadways, and Fern Glen, an assemblage of native plants that features a boardwalk, an observation deck, and views of a stone bridge spanning Wappinger Creek.

Hiking trails immerse visitors in a range of habitats, from hemlock forests and little bluestem meadows to a sedge-hummock wetland. Internal roadways are excellent for walking, biking, and bird watching. And the Fern Glen, an oasis for nature lovers, is home to frogs, turtles, dragonflies, and hummingbirds.

Campus kiosks orient and educate. Offerings include trail maps, ecosystem spotlights, and a guide to 101 birds that can be found in our fields, forests, and wetlands. While enjoying the scenery, learn about the ecology of Lyme disease, progress made on acid rain, and how deer transform forests.

Our grounds are open from dawn to dusk through October 31. Planning a trip? Visit for campus rules and trail reports.