30 for 30: Anniversary Hike at the Sweedler and Thayer Preserves

Photo: Brian Maley

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, the Land Trust is hosting 10 hikes led by knowledgeable staff covering a total of 30 miles. Join us for one event, or attend all and hike 30 miles for 30 years! You can also complete the hike series on your own. Hikers who complete the 30 miles will receive a special gift from the Land Trust. Download a trail map here. (PDF)


10:00 AM
This hike will leave promptly at 10 AM from the parking area on Townline Road.


Sweedler and Thayer Preserves—town of Ithaca


No registration required.


Executive Director Andy Zepp will lead participants on a 2.3-mile hike through these two preserves which provide excellent examples of the area’s geologic history and ecological systems. Here, multiple waterfalls splash down along Lick Brook on its journey to Cayuga Lake, including one that is nearly 140 feet tall. Andy will discuss the history of the preserve and the Land Trust’s role in acquiring it, as well as its geology, flora, and fauna. This walk will involve some limited steep climbs.


From Ithaca follow Rt. 13 south to just past Buttermilk Falls State Park. Turn left on Sandbank Road. At Y intersection bear right on Town Line Road. Park immediately on right side of the road (before the bridge). Sweedler Preserve is to the right, Thayer Preserve to the left.


Except in the case of extreme weather, walks go rain or shine. Please check our Facebook page or this web page for updates. Please refrain from bringing dogs as they may impede the observation of wildlife.

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