Town of Bethlehem
Approximately 1-mile trail loop over easy terrain
This 49-acre property was the original homestead of the Touhey family and is what remains of the more than 100-acre farm that stretched from Orchard Street to Delaware Avenue. Over the years, the Touhey family worked to ensure a healthy forest by hiring a certified forester to mark and take only certain trees from the forest. To share their enjoyment of the natural world with all, the Touhey family worked with the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy to open the property to the public in October 2020.
The preserve features a diverse habitat consisting of woodlands, wetlands, open fields, and a pond. The Touheys had partnered with Cornell Cooperative Extension who consulted on where and how to build the pond. To the east of the parking area, falling autumn leaves reveal views of the Phillipin Kill. From this viewpoint on the trail, you can also see the wetlands that provide vital nesting habitat for Green Heron, Wood Duck, and Black Duck.
911 Delaware Ave, Delmar, NY
The Touhey Family Preserve is located across from the Bethlehem branch of the YMCA on Delaware Avenue (RT-443). This preserve is west of the neighboring Phillipkill Preserve.
Below is the video from the 2020 Sowing Seeds fundraiser announcing the new preserve.