making winter fun again- part three

INDULGE your outdoor nature enthusiast with a variety of wonderful trails for hiking and cross country skiing expeditions.

Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River is a winter hiking and cross country skiing destination. Open year round from 8 a.m. to dusk, this is Westchester County’s largest park with 4,315 acres and miles of wooded trails and varied terrain. For a complete list of all Westchester Countyparks, visit

The Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary on the shores of the Long Island Sound in Rye is another wonderful winter hike. Bring your binoculars and camera as you pass the 85-acre salt and freshwater lake, and amble along the trails through forests and fields. The sanctuary is recognized as an “important bird area” by the National Audubon Society of New York.

Curious about the winter phenomenon of Ice Fishing? Look no further than Northern Westchester. Participants and spectators alike will enjoy learning more about this rugged sport from the friendly experts at the Cross River Bait & Tackle Shop on Route 121 in Cross River; 914-763-6083. There are six popular ice fishinglocations where anglers can test their skills (and  fortitude!) once more than four inches of solid ice has accumulated for safe accessibility. Thanks to the New York State Open for Fishing and  Hunting Initiative, the weekend before President’s Day (February 16-17, 2019) is designated as a free ice fishing weekend. Fishing license requirements are waived for that weekend only. Ice fishing is permitted at the Cross River Reservoir (East of Katonah), Amawalk Reservoir (East of Yorktown Heights), Muscoot Reservoir (Somers/Katonah), Titicus Reservoir (Purdys), Mohansic Lake (Yorktown), and Wampus Pond (Armonk).

And when those white flakes start falling from the sky, summon your inner child by challenging friends, family or neighbors to a Snowperson Building Contest. Hey, the kids don’t have to have all the fun!


To read parts one and two of making winter fun again, click here for one and here for two.

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