Brinton Brook Sanctuary
Brinton Brook Sanctuary is Saw Mill River Audubon's largest sanctuary, covering 156 acres and offering over three miles of hiking trails through a variety of habitats. The entrance road to Brinton Brook Sanctuary is marked with a sign and located off Route 9A in the Town of Cortlandt, New York, just north of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson. The trails of Brinton Brook Sanctuary connect to the Highland Trail, part of the Croton-on-Hudson village trail system, and overlooking the Hudson River.
Special Notice for Spring 2017: the Village of Croton-on-Hudson's Highland Trail (white blazes) is temporarily closed during construction activities on the adjacent Hudson National Golf Club. All other Brinton Brook trails on Saw Mill River Audubon sanctuary land are unaffected.
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.
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.
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.
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. The Village-of-Croton trail map is available online here.
Saw Mill River Audubon is committed to protecting and restoring the native habitats at Brinton Brook Sanctuary for the benefit of birds, other wildlife and people.
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Scarlet tanagers nest at Brinton Brook Sanctuary among other species that require forest interior and unbroken forest canopy. Since its protection in 1957, Brinton Brook Sanctuary has been surrounded by development: Amberlands apartments to the west, Hudson National Golf Club to the northeast and the Arrowcrest housing development to the east. The oasis of wildlife habitat protected by Brinton Brook Sanctuary is more important than ever for birds and other wildlife.