Southold, NY

Wolf Preserve

photo by Christine Kraft

Acreage

23

Things to do

Hiking, Birdwatching, Photography, Nature Study

Access

Limited

Address
11613-12455 Main Bayview Rd, Southold, NY 11971

About

NEW TRAILS AND SPECIES INFORMATION

The Trust teamed up with Dirtworks to bring you colorful and informative species and trail signs. The signs are still being installed on the trail, but you can view all of the information here


In April 2003, Mrs. Lenore Wolf left an incredible legacy for the community through a testamentary gift to the Trust in her will: 20 acres of woodlands along Main Bayview Road in Southold.

Mrs. Wolf's love of nature and wildlife inspired her to make this gift so that "people would have a place to breathe and renew their connection to the land." The Wolf Preserve includes habitat for a wide variety of fauna with vibrant wetlands, meadows, and woodlands.

The Wolf Preserve was opened to the public in 2006. Currently, two trail systems run through the property. The Boy Scouts worked with the Trust to develop and maintain some of the trails.


We want to take Lenore’s vision further and provide trails with accessibility features. The Trust acknowledges that people with mobility restrictions have a hard time enjoying the outdoors and are working to remove some of the access barriers that exist at the Preserve.

In 2020, the Eastern Trail Loop was renovated to include accessibility features. The half mile trail was widened to 6 feet to accommodate wheelchairs and leveled to maintain an approximate grade of 0-3%. 

Next steps include improving the Western Trail Loop to have similar accessibility features, adding signage along the trails to explain the different ecosystems in the preserve, and connecting the two loops. 

Interested in learning more and to get involved? Please contact Matt Swain, Senior Stewardship Manager, or Amanda Abraham, Director of Development, to learn more about the trails being developed. To make a donation, click here.

Born at the turn of the last century in rural Italy, Mrs. Wolf moved to New York City at the age of nine with her family in 1921. At a young age, Mrs. Wolf learned to use her abilities to help her through the tough years of the Great Depression and World War II. Her grasp of many languages enabled her to be assigned as a translator for the US military and the Allies during WWII.

She was introduced to the North Fork of Long Island through friends of her first husband who lived in Orient and Greenport. She eventually moved to the area with her second husband, Ferdinand. They found the quiet, open spaces in Southold a welcome retreat from the hectic pace of New York City and moved to Southold when Mrs. Wolf retired in the mid-1970s.

Realizing that her land was “one of the last few areas left for breathing space,” she made a testamentary gift for all of us who value the increasingly precious open space on the North Fork.

Prior to her passing, Mrs. Wolf made arrangements with the Trust for a testamentary gift that would leave her home to her heirs and the remainder of her land to the Trust so that it will be forever protected from development.

Through her generosity, Mrs. Wolf has protected this habitat in perpetuity.

All of us at the Trust are proud to have enabled Lenore to fulfill her wish to make the Wolf Preserve an enduring natural asset for all to enjoy.

Visitor Information

The Wolf Preserve is part of the Trust's Wildlife Management Program. Please visit the kiosk, located at the preserve's entrance on Main Bayview Road, for times when the trails may be closed to the public. The preserve is closed during hunting season, from October 1 through January 31.

Click here for trail map.

Eastern Trail Loop

Surface Type: Hardened surface

Length: 1/2 mile

Typical Width: 6 feet

Typical Slope: 0-3% grade

Get Directions

Wolf Preserve

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Wolf Preserve

11613-12455 Main Bayview Rd, Southold, NY 11971

Things To Do

Hiking

Hiking

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

Photography

Photography

Nature Study

Nature Study

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