Brinton Brook Sanctuary, Croton on Hudson

#11 of 13 in Wildlife in Westchester County
Park · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
Largest of Saw Mill River Audubon's eight sanctuaries in Westchester County, NY. No facilities.Map and more info online here:

Our sanctuaries are maintained by a part-time caretaker and by volunteers on trail maintenance days. We are also grateful for the continuing oversight of our sanctuary neighbors to let us know about sanctuary concerns and observations. Volunteer Trail Walkers also monitor our sanctuaries. Enter a Trail Walker report at our web site here:

All of our sanctuaries are open to visitors free of charge, seven days a week, dawn to dusk. Please contact our office if you want to bring a group to one of our sanctuaries.

With advance notice, we may be able to provide your group with a guided tour. Even if your group wishes to visit without a guide, please contact us in advance. For the best possible experience for your group, we want to ensure that your visit does not coincide with another group's visit.

Sanctuary History

Laura and Willard Brinton gave the original 112 acres of Brinton Brook Sanctuary to National Audubon to permanently protect their land as a wildlife sanctuary.

After Laura's death in 1975, an additional 17 acres were added to the sanctuary by the Brintons’ niece, Ruth Brinton Perera.

Saw Mill River Audubon managed Brinton Brook Sanctuary for National Audubon from 1958 to 1991, when full ownership of the original sanctuary lands was transferred to our organization.

In 1995 Saw Mill River Audubon added the Coyote Trail to link Village trails through a 27-acre parcel in the northeast corner. This parcel is owned by the Village of Croton-on-Hudson and managed by Saw Mill River Audubon as part of Brinton Brook Sanctuary.

Current Projects

We have been gradually restoring native species to the small meadow and along the Brinton Brook watershed. New and replacement nest boxes for eastern bluebirds and other cavity nesters have been added to the meadow and along the powerlines and are being monitored. Let us know if you have suggestions for other habitat or trail work.
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  • This is a lovely little park that’s designed for walking and birding. There are several trails and it can be muddy in spots, so be ready for that. It’s an easy walk on marked trails around a...  more »
  • This is a great place to visit for a peaceful walk and to enjoy the wildlife. I've spotted many regional bird species and had restorative time visiting. The trail is clearly marked and...  more »
  • We followed the Pond Loop, marked with yellow. We found the trails to be well-marked and well maintained, and the hike was the perfect length and difficulty for our two young kids. A few notes: The parking lot is small and was full by the time we finished our hike at 9:45am, so I'd recommend going early. And definitely don't forget the bug spray! We will definitely be back soon to explore more of the trails.
  • The largest Sawmill River Audubon preserve. Great for birders, naturalists, or anyone who just wants a walk in the woods. It went from farmland to a place to a place where ice was shipped from a man made lake to New York City. Reclaimed by nature but still full of architectural hidden treasures

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