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Ruth Walgreen Franklin and Winifred Fels Memorial Sanctuary

204 acres
Lakeview Drive, Town of North Salem, New York


Click for printable topographical trail map of Franklin Fels

The Franklin-Fels Sanctuary is located between Titicus Road (Route 116) and Hardscrabble Road on the north side of Titicus Reservoir in North Salem. Consisting of mainly low deciduous woodlands, Red Maple Swamp and Shrub Swamp, this sanctuary provides for easy walking with few steep inclines. An unmarked trail system exists that generally loops the visitor around the entire sanctuary.

The visiting birdwatcher may find Barred Owl, Wild Turkey, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Great Crested Flycatcher, Pileated Woodpecker, Louisiana Waterthrush, and Worm-eating Warbler. This property has existed in an undeveloped state for many years while in Bedford Audubon’s possession. Recently, work has begun to establish a marked trail system, foot bridges, parking area and signage for the property. Improvements to the sanctuary will continue to be made over the next few years.


Click for printable black and white trail map of Franklin Fels

Directions:
From I-684 in Purdys, take Route 116 east along the Titicus Reservoir to Delancey Road. Turn left (north) on Delancey Road and proceed to Lakeview Drive on the left (note: go to the second entrance for Lakeview Drive). Turn left onto Lakeview, a residential road. Go down a steep hill and park at the bottom of the almost “hairpin” turn on the right. The sanctuary trailhead is here on the right.

Maps Courtesy of A. N. Reynolds

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