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Charles Spencer Nature Preserve

This 265-acre property is located in the heart of the Emerald Necklace – a proposed greenbelt that will ultimately link more than 50,000 acres of existing public open space that extends in an arc around Ithaca from east to west.

There are no marked or maintained trails on the preserve.

The newly created preserve harbors stands of mature forest, streams, wet meadows, and grasslands that afford sweeping valley views.  The site is located in the town of Newfield, in close proximity to Cornell University’s Arnot Forest.

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Photo: FLLT

Photo:  FLLT

Public Use

Please see our public use policies for recreational activities on nature preserves.

Access is by permission only.

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Currently there is no parking at this preserve. Stay tuned for updates.