There are a good many protected lands in the Wingdale area and lots of recreational opportunities for locals and visitors, among them Nellie Hill Preserve, the Dover Stone Church Preserve, West Mountain State Forest and Roger Perry Memorial Preserve.
Dover and the town of Pawling were named the Harlem Valley Appalachian Trail Community in 2013, and they’re working with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy to develop a cultural conservation project focusing on the diverse population comprising the area’s demographic as well as advocating for large landscape conservation.
Wingdale was popular at one time for hang-gliding at Boyce Park; these days the launch pad is somewhat overgrown, so the fun is now strictly on the ground. But that’s ok! The meadows and woods are beautiful, and if you do climb up to the old launch site, the views are great. Plus, there’s a sweet little playground right by the parking lot, as well as basketball and tennis courts, soccer fields and even a riding ring.
Wingdale is blessed with farms by the dozen. White Pine Community Farm works on providing “a locally grown agricultural experience to volunteers and community members.” At Farmer Dave’s CSA— that is to say, Community Supported Agriculture—members pay up front for a growing season’s worth of produce and receive weekly shares all summer long of Farmer Dave’s hand-picked fruits and veggies. Granola is the specialty at Wholey Oats, while Falconwood Farms is a 100% woman-owned apiary.