Dr. Orra Phelps  LbNA # 51122

Placed DateAug 1 2009
LocationWilton, NY
Planted BySaratoga PLAN    
Found By Rabbit's Relations
Last Found Jul 4 2016
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Dr. Orra Phelps

Dr. Orra Phelps Letterbox

Take the Northway (I-87) to Exit 16. Turn west on Ballard road. After 2 miles, cross Route 9, then turn left (south) on Parkhurst Road. Go one more mile to the preserve parking lot on the left. The trailhead is just beyond the public parking lot.

Letterbox Clue:
From the Kiosk it is 96 paces to a fork in the trail, at the fork make the right decision and go left. From the fork it is 167 paces until you reach the bottom of the hill where you will see a bridge on your left. DO NOT take the bridge continue on the trail for 90 paces to a bench. This may be a good time to take a rest and enjoy the stream. However, remember that there is a letterbox to find and it is hidden somewhere in the near future. From the bench, go 61 paces to a stump, still in the ground. From the stump there is a hill that rises to your right, but you are worried about what is to your left. Stand on the stump and look at the stream. Try to find what is different about the bank of the stream in front of you. Directly over the bank there is a rock sticking out on the bank, 5 paces ahead. Go to that rock and look underneath the bank. There should be something hidden underneath to your left.

Background of Preserve:
Teacher, doctor of medicine, naval veteran of WWII, environmentalist, naturalist, mountain climber, fifty year member of the Adirondack Mountain Club, and author, Dr. Orra Phelps developed a love of nature as a child exploring the Adirondacks. The Orra Phelps Nature Preserve was a family treasure where Dr. Phelps enjoyed solitude, conducted family nature walks, and endeavored to preserve rare plant species of New York State. Deeded to Saratoga PLAN in 1996 by Mary Arakelian, niece of Orra Phelps, the preserve is an 18.03 acre area containing wetlands, stream, and woodland habitats. Approximately 30 of the 40 species of ferns found in New York State can be spotted among the preserve’s flora.