poison ivy
Poison Ivy...if you are unsure if it is or not. Remember the saying "leaves of three, let it be!"

Stay safe!

The park is committed to ensuring the safety of park visitors and employees. Please note the following cautions.

  • Please be alert to traffic while in the parking lot and while walking along park roads. While all park roads are closed to the public maintenance and delivery vehicles are common.
  • Because of the historic nature of the site, pathways and grounds may be uneven. The walkways and steps may also be slippery when wet.
  • Poison ivy is common in the park, especially along the forest edge. If you're unsure what poison ivy looks like the ranger at the visitor center can show you how to identify the plant.
  • While not common, bees such as yellow jackets are sometimes found in the park. Those with bee sting allergies should be prepared with the appropriate medications.
  • If you have an accident in the park, or injure yourself, please contact a ranger immediately. The park has well equipped first aid kits and can assist you. The local rescue squad and ambulance service will also respond quickly to any major medical emergencies.

Adult Deer Tick on a leaf
Deer Ticks are fairly common in the Northeast united States and are responsible for the spread of diseases like Lyme Disease.
  • Ticks are common throughout the area. When walking through the lawn or around the local trails look out for ticks that may climb onto your shoes or clothing. If you are bitten by a tick, remove it with tweezers or contact a park ranger for removal. Following your visit, watch for common symptoms of tick bites.
  • For more information the New York State Department of Health has a tick safety page that covers everything from prevention to removal

Last updated: August 7, 2017

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Martin Van Buren NHS
1013 Old Post Road

Kinderhook, NY 12106-3605


(518) 758-9689 x2040

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