Trail Changes at Manitou Point Preserve/Mystery Point

Mystery PointOn Sunday, August 18, three leaders of our Jolly Rovers volunteer trail construction technical crew evaluated a new trail at Manitou Point Preserve in Garrison, NY. The residence known as Mystery Point, embraced by the Preserve, was recently sold by the Open Space Institute (OSI) to a private buyer.  A small section of trail near the residence is now closed to the public, but access to the preserve’s trail network is assured thanks to a public access easement held and managed by OSI, a conservation easement held by Hudson Highlands Land Trust, and a trail relocation by Trail Conference volunteers.

In order to access the beautiful trail that runs along the Hudson River and bypass the residence, a new trail was constructed by volunteers from our East Hudson trail crews in July.  After examining the newly built trail, the Jolly Rovers determined the necessity of 6-8 stone steps in two locations near the river at the junction with the existing trail.  A two-day on-site stone-step building workshop is scheduled for September 14 and 15.  Please contact Hank Osborn for more information if you’re interested in attending the workshop or visit

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Since 1920, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference has partnered with parks to create, protect, and promote a network of more than 2,100 miles of public trails in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region. The Trail Conference organizes volunteer service projects that keep these trails open, safe, and enjoyable for the public. We publish maps and books that guide public use of these trails. The Trail Conference is a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization with a membership of 10,000 individuals and 100 clubs with a combined membership of 100,000 active, outdoor-loving people.
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