Outdoor Winter Recreation: Ice Skating, Ice Fishing, Cross-country Skiing, and Snowshoeing
January 27, 2016
The temperature has dropped and snow is on the ground: winter outdoor recreation is here! It’s tough to walk in deep snow with hiking boots, so equipment such as snowshoes, skis, sleds and ice skates are the more enjoyable way to explore the winter scenes. The adventure is worth the effort; it’s an invigorating and a fun way to spend a few hours outdoors. With the proper attire, the colder temperatures can be tolerated. And the more time spent outdoors, the easier it is to adjust to the colder temperatures.
Ice Skating & Ice Fishing
The Westchester County Parks Department check Armonk’s Wampus Pond daily and will post a sign to permit activity on the pond when it is frozen and safe for skating and ice fishing.
On cold weekends and school holidays, kids can be seen playing ice hockey in a small, shoveled area near the shoreline. Wampus Park is located off Route 128, just 1.5 miles north of School Street in Armonk. Dogs are permitted, but must be leashed and picked up after, while no dogs are allowed in the picnic areas.
Cranberry Lake Preserve, located on 1609 Old Orchard Street, off Route 22 in North White Plains, has marked trails.
Merestead, 455 Byram Lake Road, Mount Kisco, has open areas and marked trails.
Cross country skiing paths are also located at Westchester County’s Pound Ward Ridge Reservation, 11 Reservation Road, Cross River.
New York State’s Rockefeller State Park Preserve offers endless trails at 125 Phelps Way, Pleasantville.
Parking fees apply to the last two parks, with seasonal parking passes available.
Locally, this is a popular outdoor activity that can be done on almost any hiking trail.
Hiking trails in North Castle and nearby towns include:
Betsy Sluder Preserve on Old Route 22 in Armonk,
Eugene and Agnes Meyer Nature Preserve, which can be entered from Sarles Street in Bedford,
Westmoreland Sanctuary on Chestnut Ridge Road in Bedford,
Butler Memorial Sanctuary, Chestnut Ridge Road, Bedford (known for rugged terrain)
Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River,
Rockefeller State Park Preserve in Pleasantville,
Gedney Park in Chappaqua, and
Whippoorwill Park in Chappaqua.
Any steep and open hill offers great sleigh riding; some of the better known local areas are:
*Behind Coman Hill School in Armonk,
*Harvey School in Bedford,
Gedney Park in Chappaqua,
Leonard Park in Mount Kisco,
Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River, and
Rockefeller State Park Preserve in Pleasantville.
*Sledding may or may not be allowed at these locations due they are private property; all other locations are open to the public.
Please be safe and enjoy these activities with a partner.
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