Baker Woods Preserve

Baker Woods Preserve

Natural Bridge, NY
# of Trails
Miles of Trails
Level of Difficulty
Easy, Moderate
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44.056619964962195, -75.45688789815132

Connect with nature

  • Bird Watching
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Walking & Hiking

Overlooking the Indian River just beyond the iconic Adirondack Blue Line, Baker Woods Preserve invites visitors to explore its breathtaking landscapes and discover the seasonal enchantment of its forests.

In the winter, the preserve is a great place to cross-country ski, where well-maintained trails wind through the snowy wonderland.

In the spring, you can enjoy the sites and sounds of a native pollinator garden. Bursting color and buzzing bees can be found all around.

As a cherished gem in the Indian River Lakes region, Baker Woods Preserve beckons nature enthusiasts and conservation advocates alike to revel in its unique splendor and contribute to the protection of this vital watershed.

Each Fall, the Black River Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club visits to provide help with various stewardship projects. To get involved, email Anna Hardiman at

family hiking through woods
J. Ninos


The Baker Woods Preserve was made possible in 2015 by the generous gift of 354 acres from Doris B.N. Baker (The Norman H. Baker and Doris B. Nagel Baker Living Trust). For forty years this secluded, wild place served as respite for the Bakers from their busy Manhattan professional lives.

The creation of the Baker Woods Preserve ensures that this land continues to provide a peaceful place to recharge and connect with nature for future generations.

In 2018 the preserve grew to 585 acres by leveraging a NAWCA grant funding to purchase additional acres on the south bank of the Indian River. Matt and Linda Carney, close friends and neighbors of the Bakers, have been instrumental in developing the acquisition, growth and continuing stewardship of the Baker Woods Preserve.

two kids hugging a large tree

Explore IRLC Preserves

With five public preserves across three counties, adventure awaits you.

Indian River Lakes Conservancy (IRLC) carefully stewards the land and water to preserve the natural character of the region, with a focus on protecting clean water, fish and wildlife, and the scenic vistas along the shores of the lakes and the Indian River. Encounter the beauty of Indian River Lakes at a preserve near you!

Other Public Access Areas

While you’re in the Indian River Lakes Region, be sure to visit some of the other public access areas nearby!

These trails and open spaces are not owned or managed by the Indian River Lakes Conservancy, but each offers unique opportunities to connect with nature and enjoy the outdoors in this beautiful region.

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