Winding Hills Park

July 28, 2019 – Montgomery, NY

Map: Winding Hills Park Map

Address: 76 Old Rte 17K, Montgomery, NY 12549

 

Park Overview:

Winding Hills Park is located off NY 17K in the Comfort Hills two miles west of the village of Montgomery, New York, United States, straddling the Montgomery-Crawford town line. It is a 508-acre area centered on 40-acre Diamond Lake that is primarily used for outdoor recreation.

Winding Hills Park

Winding Hills Park

A picturesque landscape with many amenities for anyone that enjoys what nature and the outdoors have to offer. Bring the entire family out for a day in the park to commune with nature, have a picnic in the grove, fish by the lake or walk the nature trails which loop through the various terrain in the park. You can also stay for the night or weekend at one of the 51 camp site destinations.

Diamond Lake - Winding Hills Park

Diamond Lake – Winding Hills Park

Much of the park is wooded, with some clear areas around the roads. The hills slope up to the east, and the terrain to the north and west remains gently rolling. Elevations range from 500 feet above sea level at the west, where Pine Swamp drains toward the Wallkill River via a short unnamed tributary, to 780 feet at the USGS Kimball benchmark.

Winding Hills Park

Winding Hills Park

Kimball benchmark - Winding Hills Park

Kimball benchmark – Winding Hills Park

Diamond Lake is available for paddleboat rental and angling in season, and two smaller ponds on the property are also open to fishermen.

Diamond Lake - Winding Hills Park

Diamond Lake – Winding Hills Park

A 10-mile trail system is open to hikers, as well as snowshoers in winter. The winding trails through the woods that pass along old stone walls, do not offer a lot of elevation change, but there are some hills to be traversed. Benches along the trails let hikers stop and enjoy the scenic landscape and wildlife.

Winding Hills Park

Winding Hills Park

Winding Hills Park

Winding Hills Park

Boathouse Trail - Winding Hills Park

Boathouse Trail – Winding Hills Park

Diamond Lake - Winding Hills Park

Diamond Lake – Winding Hills Park

Great Blue Heron - Winding Hills Park

Great Blue Heron – Winding Hills Park

A 20-acre picnic area overlooking a four-acre pond is available at no charge. The 40 individual picnic sites each contain a table and charcoal grill with a comfort station in the immediate area.

four-acre pond - Winding Hills Park

four-acre pond – Winding Hills Park

Winding Hills Park

Winding Hills Park

History:

Winding Hills Park covers 508 wooded acres. The county acquired 460-acres in 1968 for $302,000, with the state contributing 50 per cent of the cost. An additional 48-acres was acquired in 1972 for $250-per acre, with half of the cost paid by a federal grant.

The concept behind the development of Winding Hills was to leave it as natural as possible. Orange County had to build roads and parking areas, plus docks for boating, but tried to disturb as little as possible.

Boat Launch - Winding Hills Park

Boat Launch – Winding Hills Park

The 30-acre man-made Diamond Lake was enlarged by the constuction of a dam to deepen and expand the lake to 40-acres.

Diamond Lake Dam - Winding Hills Park

Diamond Lake Dam – Winding Hills Park

Winding Hills Park was dedicated in May of 1972 and is managed and maintained by the Orange County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation.

Winding Hills Park

Winding Hills Park

Review:

A picturesque setting to spend an enjoyable day in the outdoors. Whether you’re looking to grill some food, fish or hike the trails, Winding Hills Park has a little bit of everything. As always, you have to get there early to secure a good picnic spot. There’s nothing like grilling and eating breakfast in the outdoors.

Pros:

Diamond Lake, picnic tables and charcoal grills, scenic landscape, easy woods trails.

Cons:

Trail markings don’t necessarily correspond with those on the map.

 

Take a hike!

Winding Hills Park

Winding Hills Park

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