Trailblazer Tuesdays: A Volunteer Work Day

Photo: Tom Reimers


10:00 AM—12:30 PM


Hinchcliff Family Preserve—Spafford, Onondaga County


Please RSVP with Nature Preserve Manager Jason Gorman by emailing or calling 607-275-9487.


The Hinchcliff Family Preserve was opened in 2015 and quickly became a popular destination for hikers to explore the south end of Skaneateles Lake. The main loop is so well-traveled that two sections of the trail need to be re-stabilized. An area known as Grapevine Gulch, located near the lowest elevation point on the trail, will be the focus of this work day. Please help us to reset this stretch of trail by side-hilling and cutting new switchbacks, as well as pinning logs into place to stabilize the tread. Logs found on site will be used for this project. All tools and work gloves will be provided.

Please note the following:

•  This preserve has some very steep sections. The area we will be working in is about 300’ lower in elevation than the parking area. A 1.4-mile round trip hike will be required to get to and from the site.

•  We will be carrying hand tools, rebar, sledges, etc. to the work site.


The Hinchcliff Family Preserve lies at the end of Covey Road off Route 41 in Spafford, Onondaga County. From Skaneateles, take Route 41 south for 14 miles, then turn right onto Covey Road. The preserve’s parking lot lies at the end of the road. From Ithaca or Cortland, take Route 13 north to Route 281 north, then take a left onto Route 41 north in Homer. Stay on Route 41 north for about 11 miles, then take a left onto Covey Road to the preserve.

See More Events