Burroughs Sanctuary, in the Town of Esopus, is the site of Slabsides, the rustic cabin retreat of the famous late 19th and early 20th century naturalist, John Burroughs. The Sanctuary consists of 192 acres on a wooded hillside, with several trails and a large pond. Migrating passerines visit in the spring; lowland woodland and “edge” species—Wood Thrush, Scarlet Tanager, Eastern Bluebird—nest here. An osprey or bald eagle may visit the pond, which is also a good place to study dragonflies and damselflies. The Sanctuary is open dawn to dusk daily, year round. For more information about John Burroughs himself, visit: http://research.amnh.org/burroughs.
Directions: From US 9W in the hamlet of West Park, turn west on Floyd Ackert Road, cross the railroad tracks, go 1/2 mile and turn left onto Burroughs Road. Go 3/10 mile up the hill and park along the road near the entrance gate.
Latitude, Longitude: 41°47’50″N, 73°58’18″W
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