The John Burroughs Nature Sanctuary

The John Burroughs Nature Sanctuary is a 170 acre nature preserve in the Hudson River Valley administered by the Museum of Natural History. Located in West Park, NY and eastern Ulster County, the sanctuary surrounds the Slabsides writing cabin of famed naturalist, John Burroughs.  Tahawus Trails designed and built three new trails on the northern half of Sanctuary and reconstructed two trails that connect Slabsides with the Sanctuary Pond.

In the construction process, great care was taken to maintain the natural character of this ruggedly beautiful area.  With that in mind, Tahawus installed over 100 stone steps which were quarried on site in order to match the landscape. Also installed were a 90 linear foot boardwalk, a stone bridge, a Black Locust ladder, over two new miles of gentle and intentionally rustic trails.

During the two year construction at the Sanctuary, Tahawus managed and supervised over 100 volunteers therefore leveraging the most from the resources available for this project.