Please also remember that all of our sanctuaries are closed to visitors between
dusk and dawn. We are grateful for the continuing care of our sanctuary neighbors
in protecting these special habitats.
protection of the wildlife and habitat and the enjoyment and safety of our visitors,
camping, fires, biking, hunting and motorized vehicles are not permitted in any
of our sanctuaries.
Sanctuary's 30 acres were donated by Howard Graff to the National Audubon Society
in 1975. Responsibility for managing the sanctuary was assigned to our chapter.
In 1991, ownership of the sanctuary was transferred to Saw Mill River Audubon.
history of the stone structure at Graff Sanctuary is somewhat uncertain. It is
reputed to have been a structure for storing water for the nearby railroad.
Sanctuary is on Furnace Dock Road, west of Route 9A and north of the Village of
Croton-on-Hudson. [See Trail Map]
Route 9A north of Croton, turn left onto Furnace Dock Road and continue ¼ mile.
The sanctuary entrance is marked with a sign on the left. There is limited parking
only on the right-hand side of Furnace Dock Road.
reach a walking path along the river, drive further west on Furnace Dock Road
to a parking area at the old site of a railroad station. The bridge over the tracks
here is unsafe. Continue around the curve and you will come to a pull-off area
on your left with a trail going out to a rocky shore along the river. (This is
Oscawana Park property.)
alternate entrance to Graft Sanctuary is located on Briggs Lane. Going north on
Route 9A from Croton, turn left on Warren Road, (opposite Scenic Drive). Go one
block and turn right, onto Briggs Lane. Drive to the end of this cul-de-sac and
park. There is a sign on the left at the trailhead marked "SMRAS". The sanctuary
entrance path starts up and crosses left over the private residential driveway
of the last house on Briggs Lane. Please be careful to respect the privacy of
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
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. [More
About Sanctuary Tours]
sanctuaries are maintained by a part-time caretaker and volunteers on trail maintenance
days. A group of volunteer "Trail Walkers" monitors individual sanctuaries
and reports on their conditions.[More
About Trail Walkers]
Maps for Sanctuaries with Walking Trails
Brook Sanctuary] [Choate Sanctuary] [Graff
[Haas Sanctuary] [Pinecliff
Sanctuary] [Pruyn Sanctuary]
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