Israel Wittman Sanctuary

A Magical Forest Sanctuary

The Woodstock Land Conservancy's Israel Wittman Sanctuary opened to the public in October 2017. Located in the Zena Highwoods area where the Towns of Ulster, Woodstock and Saugerties meet, this 123-acre Sanctuary offers a gentle grade two-mile trail loop through a mixed hardwood and coniferous forest, vernal pools, a seasonal stream, bluestone quarries and rock walls. This Sanctuary is named after the donor’s father, and to further protect the forest’s habitat and animals, dogs are not allowed here.


 Photo by Dion Ogust, Hudson Valley One, 2017

Directions to Israel Wittman Sanctuary. End of Old Sawmill Road, Saugerties (opposite #70). From Sunflower Natural Foods in Town of Woodstock, head southeast on Mill Hill Rd/NY-212 toward Saugerties. Continue on NY-212 for 1.38 miles, and past Easton Lane, turn right onto Zena Road/County Hwy-30/39. Follow 2.31 miles and make left onto Zena Highwoods Road. Follow Zena Highwoods Road (becomes Church Road) just under 2.5 miles, and as road curves left, take a right onto Old Sawmill Road (unpaved).  Drive to end of road, and parking area/kiosk are on left. Please do not park on road. If the parking lot is full, please return another time. Thank you.  View Map Here..