Previously a seasonal retreat for camping and recreational vehicles, this preserve is now a year-round haven for people and wildlife. Visitors enjoy trails, picnicking, birdwatching and nature observation. Century-old oak trees that rise above two scenic lakes, and woodlands, wetlands and marshes offer plentiful habitat for wildlife.
Hike, bike or cross-country ski along 3.2 miles of trails circling the lakes and adjoining woodlands. You'll cross a bridge and a boardwalk and pass by scenic overlooks along the way. A short woodchip trail winds through open oak groves and is open only for hiking and cross-country skiing. Please keep dogs leashed and on trails at all times, and pick up after them. Learn about our off-leash Dog Parks (permit required).
The preserve trail joins the public sidewalk to the north across Nippersink Road offering access to surrounding communities.
Extensive shoreline restoration efforts and improved fish habitats make Nippersink a great place to fish. Anglers can fish from shore or from two wheelchair accessible fishing piers. Catch-and-release fishing is mandatory at this site. This program makes it recreation for anglers and beneficial for nature. Anglers are encouraged to use barbless, non-stainless steel hooks. Live bait is permitted.
You'll also find five picnic shelters here, four of which can be reserved for special outings. Gatherings of more than 25 people require a permit.