Sloan Gorge Preserve

A Hidden Picturesque Canyon

sloanlogoThe Woodstock Land Conservancy's Sloan Gorge Preserve opened to the public in June 2007. Located at the foot of Overlook Mountain on the Woodstock-Saugerties town line, the 88-acre Preserve is a treasure trove of mixed hardwood and coniferous forests, vernal pools, a seasonal stream, and bluestone quarries, and has the first interpretive “geology trail” in the area. It is home to bear, fox, deer, racoon, possum, porcupines, and a wide variety of birds and woodland flora. Read more about Sloan Gorge in the article by Robert Titus in the Spring 2007 issue of Kaatskill Life.  

At the entrance to the preserve are two half-hip, pony-style trusses from a 24-foot-long bridge built by the King Bridge company in 1887 located across Black Creek in the town of Byron, NY. The Sloan family, who owned the King Bridge Company, donated them to the Woodstock Land Conservancy. It is reputed to be one of the oldest wrought-iron bridges in New York State. 

The loop trail leads to a bluestone quarry that was active during the late 1800s and early 1900s. The trail then continues along a picturesque stream (which flows intermittently throughout the year) through a dramatic gorge with rock formations created during the Ice Age. The trail then winds back past vernal pools and through stands of hemlock, mountain laurel, and blueberry bushes. 

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 Enjoy a self-guided Geology Trail walk using our "Field Guide to the Geology fo the Sloan Gorge Preserve Nature Trail" by Robert Titus, PhD. The brochure will walk you through 9 stops in the preserve that will take you on a journey into our region's geologic history as an ancient river delta complex bigger than that of the Mississippi. The brochure is available at the Sloan Gorge trailhead kiosk. 

Directions to Sloan Gorge: The Sloan Gorge parking lot and trailhead is located at 487 Stoll Road, Saugerties, NY. From the center of Woodstock you can drive to Sloan Gorge by taking Rock City Road .6 mile, then turning right on Glasco Turnpike. Go 1.7 mi and then turn left on West Saugerties Rd. After 1.1 mi, turn right on Goat Hill Rd. Bear right at the corner again for .1 mi to Stoll Rd. Turn left on Stoll Road. After .2 mi you’ll see the WLC kiosk on the left. Please park only in the Sloan Gorge parking lot. View map here.