Trails open: April 1 to November 30

Hours: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Mianus River Gorge Preserve entrance is across from 167 Mianus River Road, Bedford, NY.

Taylor Preserve is on June Road, west of the intersection with Riverbank Road, Stamford, CT.

Trash: Pack out what you pack in, please!

Cell service is unreliable! Please arrange for pick-up with your Lyft or Uber driver prior to drop off.

Temporary closures may occur with flooding or drought. Please call 914-234-3455 for information

Groups: A group of 10 or more must register in advance. Please contact our office at (914) 234-3455 or email Budd Veverka for reservations.

Suggested donation, $5 per hiker.

Why are dogs not welcome? We love ours as much as you love yours. They stay home too.

  • MRGP is a wildlife and botanical preserve. Dogs may disturb wildlife.
  • MRGP is a unique research site. Dogs may destroy aquatic and terrestrial research.
  • MRGP’s mission is to protect the Mianus River and watershed, the water source for 130,000 people in NY and CT. Dog leavings will compromise the water supply.
  • MRGP’s trails are narrow and intimate, and not conducive to dogs passing easily.

Dog walk options

  • Park in our lot and walk Mianus River Road. It is beautiful and quiet.
  • Mianus River Park, off Merriebrook Lane in Stamford is open to dogs.
  • Thank you for your understanding.


  • Please enter the Preserve at 167 Mianus River Road.
  • It is a designated research area and not open to the public.
  • Pound Ridge Police Department will arrest violators for trespassing.


Less than forty miles from Manhattan, the Mianus River Gorge Preserve (MRGP) is an oasis of rich woodland and old-growth forest one hour’s drive from New York City. The Preserve was established in 1953 to protect an old-growth hemlock forest and receives the special designation as the first Nature Conservancy land project and the first National Natural History Landmark designated by the US Department of the Interior.

Visitors to the Mianus River Gorge Preserve enjoy over 6 miles of beautiful trails. Stop by the map shelter to learn about the delicate ecology and natural history of the Preserve, learn about upcoming events or our research and educational initiatives, pick up a trail map, and make a donation. Restroom facilities are available.

The Taylor Preserve of Mianus River Gorge, Inc., is our beautiful 21-acre preserve in Stamford, CT, located on June Rd., just west of the intersection with Riverbank Rd. This spectacular hemlock/oak woodland with mountain laurel understory is surrounded on three sides by the Mianus River and provides crucial protection where the east branch of the Mianus meets the main stem of the river.

Visitors to the Taylor Preserve enjoy a 1-mile loop (no trail map needed) that takes visitors through a forest of hemlocks, maple, and beech, along the river with cascades and pools, and a view from the top.

Please Note: Cell service is spotty at best in these areas. If you come by Uber, Lyft, or taxi, please arrange for a pick-up with your driver.

Mianus River Gorge, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization and a large portion of our funding depends on donors like you. Mianus River Gorge Preserve and Taylor Preserve are not state or town parks, therefore we receive no public funding. MRG is completely supported by private donations from members of the community.

A suggested donation of $20 per hiker is appreciated. A donation box is located at the map shelter in Mianus River Gorge Preserve or visit the Donate page on our website. Thank you for your consideration of a gift to help steward the preserves.

A group of 10 or more must register in advance. Please contact our office at (914) 234-3455 or email Budd Veverka for reservations.