There is so much to explore at the Park Preserve near Ithaca. These 241 acres are like a living museum of forests, wetlands, meadows, and creeks—complete with an active beaver dam.
At the kiosk, you can learn how the Park Preserve connects to 8,000 acres of protected lands including Hammond Hill and Yellow Barn State Forests.
Follow the trail through the meadow. The first splash of fall foliage beckons from the hills.
When you reach the wetlands, you can cross the new boardwalk. You can wend your way through fragile habitat without hurting anything.
The Overlook is a peaceful place to sit. Bird calls and insect chatter sound from the reeds. You’ll see an extensive and amazing beaver pond.
You can even find amazing things on the railing, like these ingenious seed pods.
After crossing the wetlands, you can pick up state forest trails that go for miles.
By “foot” trail, they mean human feet—not horses or mechanical beasts.
Armchair botanists and mycologists can have a “field” day in the forest.
These are easy, wide trails. Kids will love trotting in the leaves. Dogs, too.
The woods can be dramatic.
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