Diverting Reservoir Trail, Brewster

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The Diverting Reservoir Trail is for passive recreation activities such as hiking, bird-watching and snow-shoeing.

The trail, which is flat and mostly shaded by a canopy of trees, is an out-an-back trail, a little over one mile each way.  Follow the trail markers.   The first part of the trail follows the route of old Nelson Blvd, which followed an old Native- American trail. The trail will bear left to continue to follow the edge of the reservoir.  When you get to the end, take in the scenery, catch your breath, and then had back out the way you came in.  The trail is lovely and the scenery is breathtaking.  Perfect for families and little walkers.  This project represents collaboration between Putnam County Land Trust, New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection, local Boy Scouts, the town of Southeast and the non-profit group Concerned Residents of Southeast.  These groups work together to maintain the footpath.

Directions

The trail is on Railroad Avenue near downtown Brewster, across the street from Electrazone Field/Veterans Park.   Parking is alongside the road.  You DO NOT need a DEP permit to access this trail.

 History

The area around the trail was an old farmstead, at one time known widely as the Brady Farm, and Valley View Farm before that.  This farm was somewhat of an American icon – photos of the farm were used in ads and such nationwide.  The farm was also the home to brothers Jedediah & Nemeniah Wood.  Legend has it that during the Revolution, infirm soldiers stayed at their farm, and the two teenage brothers carted them to the military hospital in Danbury.  They would have carted those soldiers right down the old Nelson Blvd.  Records tell us that Nemeniah served in the militia during the Revolution.  Jedediah did not serve until later, but was said to have reached the rank of Captain, and drilled with his troops in a nearby field.  Jedediah so loved the land, that he and his wife are buried on a hilltop on the old farmstead.  He died in 1857 at the age of 91.

 “While health officials are encouraging social distancing, they are also recommending getting some fresh air and keeping a six-feet distance. Whether by yourself or with your partner, enjoying a 15-minute walk during the day can help improve cardiac health, fatigue and tension.

It’s important to give your mind and body a moment to itself.”