Israel Wittman Sanctuary Hiking Trails

Three beautiful, contemplative nature walks: quiet woods, easy stream crossings, delightful footbridges, quarries, glacial erratics.

Hike Length: 4.4 miles (7.08 km)

Total Ascent: 180ft (55m)

Intensity: Easy Catskills Hike

Route Type: Lollipop

Includes: Blazed Trail, Stream Crossing

Parent Overlook

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Israel Wittman Sanctuary, Woodstock, New York

Israel Wittman Sanctuary yellow blaze

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 Easy-peasy lollipop loops. No dogs allowed.

Hiking Trail Description

Israel Wittman Sanctuary’s three serene loops have so much to recommend them: lovely quiet mixed forest, delightful footbridges, dozens of stone fences built by early settlers, abandoned quarries, a gorge, exposed rock faces, even a field of glacial erratics.

Located in the Zena Highwoods area where the towns of Woodstock, Saugerties, and Ulster meet, the sanctuary offers 4.4 miles of beautiful, walkable, bikeable trails.

The sanctuary’s three loops — A, B, and now C — are generally quite level; the total elevation gain of all three combined is just 180 feet, so all walkers can enjoy these trails.

However, note: dogs are not allowed on the property.

The land is managed by Woodstock Land Conservancy who were donated the parcel by Elaine Chaback; the sanctuary is named in honor of her father.

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Israel Wittman Sanctuary Trails

The Israel Wittman Sanctuary trail system includes…

  • Newly enlarged parking area
  • Three loops totaling 4.4 miles
  • Very easy woods walking
  • Quarries
  • A gorge
  • Footbridges
  • Vernal ponds
  • Trails suitable for walking, hiking, trail running, biking

Allow 1-2 hours for this hike.

Israel Wittman Sanctuary Notes & Gallery

The previous parking area was tiny. Enlarged in 2023 through grant funding awarded by The New York State Conservation Partnership Program, the new lot provides, finally, a fitting space for this locally beloved sanctuary.

Israel Wittman Sanctuary, Woodstock, New York
Israel Wittman Sanctuary, Enlarged Parking Area

Walk past the information kiosk and through the stand of hemlock trees, following the yellow blazes. Although there are homes in the area, the sanctuary quickly feels remote and peaceful.

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Over the years, I’ve been back to this sanctuary many, many times. It’s only 20 minutes from Kingston and is just so lovely and peaceful.

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This sanctuary is one of my favorite Catskills nature trails.

It’s short and kid-friendly and beautiful.

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Trailhead Info for this Hike

Enlarged lot now allows for maybe a dozen cars.

Google Maps Location: 42.029147, -74.040656

The map below shows the exact topographic location of the trailhead

Cell Service

Patchy throughout. My network is Verizon. YMMV.