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Coon Mountain Nature Preserve

Westport, Essex County

porcupine, Coon Mountain view, songbird

Coon Mountain is a naturalist's paradise and a viewer's dream. It is famous for its mysterious and craggy interior, with rocky outcrops and dark hemlock forests. Steep cliffs and talus slopes (accumulations of rock debris at the base of a cliff or steep mountain slope) reveal vistas of oak-pine forests, small fens and hardwood swamps.

Wildlife to Watch

  • Migratory songbirds
  • Broad-winged hawks
  • Porcupine

Where to Watch

  • Trails
  • Lookouts

Recreational Opportunities

  • Hiking (easy climb to the summit)
  • Bird watching (especially in the spring and early fall)


318 acres

Closest Town



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Contact Information

Telephone: 518-576-2082

Address: Halds Rd., Westport, NY

Website: The Nature Conservancy (This link leaves DEC's website)

Photo Credits: Carl Heilman II, Adirondack Land Trust, Larry Master