The Lower Burke Estate

Hastings’ Wetland

About the Lower Burke Estate

The Lower Burke Estate is a mix of forest, meadow, and wetland environments. Although much of it is deteriorated, there is still much to see! We hope to further restore the site to the biodiversity hotspot it once was.

Formerly the site of the Billie Burke estate, many deteriorated stone structures can be found throughout the area.

Want to learn more about the history of the park? Visit our Burke Estate History page.

Want to know what else to look for on your visit? Take a look at our What to See page!

Curious about the waterway in the Burke Estate? See our page about the little-known Factory Brook

Visiting

Several paths traverse the park, including some which are 'offroad' - only being accessible when weather and vegetation permit. Please see map for information on paths and points of interest.

The park has many access points, the primary ones being a path off of the playing fields on Farragut, an old gate on Broadway, and a dirt path off of Burnside.

Those with mobility concerns should consider accessing the park through the gate on Broadway, where a small pull out area is available for drop offs. This gate leads to level grassy paths. The lower Burke Estate is not wheelchair accessible, as it is composed of off-road dirt and grass paths with varying inclines.

Street parking is available on Burnside, and in the playing field parking lot off of burnside when outside of school hours.

Just like other parks in the region, be mindful of ticks and poison ivy when visiting. Consider covering up with long sleeves and pants, closed toed shoes, and sticking to paths in order to reduce your risk.

Ecology

For live updates on species seen at the Burke, take a look at our iNaturalist project or our Species Spreadsheet


The largest wetland in Hastings is located in the Burke. It is of type PEM1E - 'Palustrine Emergent Persistent Seasonally Flooded / Saturated'.

Much of the property is filled with a monospecific stand of invasive common reed (Phragmites australis), which is home to a flock of native Red-Winged Blackbirds.

A natural spring near Burnside Drive feeds the wetland, and is a freshwater tributary to the Hudson River. The waterway is listed on old maps as Factory Brook.

Many invasive plants have taken up residence in the park, driving out native species.


The spring in the Burke Estate flows out under route 9 and proceeds through the village.

How to Help

Burke Estate Volunteer Worklist

Volunteers are needed to help us restore the Burke!

We seek to control and mitigate the harms of the invasive plants infesting the property, encourage native biodiversity, and beautify the park.

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us!