Ruth Walgreen Franklin and Winifred Fels Memorial Sanctuary
Lakeview Drive, Town of North Salem, New York
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
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.
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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