This conservation area consists of over 800 acres and is Putnam County’s largest. The property was once owned by Walter G. Merritt. It was previously known as Merritt Park, and consisted of around 600 acres. Wildlife abounds in this conservation area. One may see deer, turkey, bobcat, bear, along with various songbirds and small mammals. One of the most popular spots is the great gorge waterfall. This is located just north of the old Merritt campsite. We are always trying to improve the trail system in this conservation area. If you have any suggestions or concerns please call 845-808-1994. Location: There are two trailheads with parking areas on Stage Coach Road in Patterson and a larger parking area on Haviland Hollow Rd.
Michael Ciaiola Conservation Area
Parks & Recreation