The Rivulet at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead
This woodland is part of the historic home site of William Cullen Bryant. Bryant was a poet, and also served as editor and publisher of The New York Evening Post for 50 years. A passionate conservationist and horticulturalist, he used his editorials to rally support for Frederick Law Olmsted's Central Park. He also was a strong abolitionist who helped Abraham Lincoln win presidential election. A self-guided map highlights the Rivulet Trail, where old growth, including ancient specimens of hemlock and a magnificent cherry tree, rise near the Rivulet, a trickling stream immortalized by Bryant's 1823 poem of the same name. The Pine Loop features enormous white pines that reach heights of 150 feet - a stand among the tallest in the Northeast. Some of the trees are named for poets, and some are named for eastern forest activists such as Mary Byrd Davis and Joan Maloof. This gentle trail, winding through a historic old-growth forest, is truly a delight.