Photo: Bill Hecht

Logan Hill Nature Preserve

Logan Hill Nature Preserve, bordering Catatonk Creek and the small village of Candor, offers miles of hiking trails with stunning views of meadows, ponds, forests, and the hillsides of the Southern Tier.

Natural History

The 348-acre Logan Hill Preserve features diverse habitat for wildlife. Visitors can walk directly from the village of Candor and venture through young and old forests, grassland and meadow habitat, and an elevated wetland that hosts southern species such as tupelo and cucumber magnolia trees. The unique blend of land cover provides an ideal environment for an interesting range of birds.  Open fields host nesting Bobolinks; shrubby, successional areas provide a home to Prairie Warblers and Woodcock; and dozens of manmade vernal pools provide excellent breeding grounds for wood frogs, salamanders, and other amphibians.

Recent History

Betsy and Dick Darlington bought 300 acres of land atop Logan Hill in 1972, and in 1990, donated the first ever conservation easement held by the Land Trust. Betsy, Dick, and their daughters, Lois and Jean, wanted to ensure the permanent protection of their family’s property and generously donated 285 acres to the Land Trust in February of 2015, creating the Logan Hill Nature Preserve. The remaining 15 acres are still owned by the Darlingtons and are protected through a conservation easement. The Land Trust added an additional 63-acre parcel in 2020 which includes hilltop forest and steep north- and east-facing slopes above the village of Candor.

Please respect the family’s wishes by staying within the preserve boundaries and avoiding the private parcel.

Land Acknowledgment

The Finger Lakes Land Trust recognizes that our nature preserves exist on the homeland of the Haudenosaunee. We hope to honor indigenous peoples’ ongoing relationship with the land by conserving wild places forever.

Public Use

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

Go Finger Lakes

Go Finger Lakes is the free web site created by the Finger Lakes Land Trust to promote recreation and conservation.  Use the interactive map of over 50 hiking, biking, paddling, skiing, and outdoor adventure destinations across the region!

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From Ithaca, take Route 96B south towards Danby and drive approximately 18 miles to Candor. Public parking at the preserve is limited as Logan Hill Road is a minimally maintained seasonal road, but you are welcome to park in the public parking area next to Candor High School. Visitors will then need to cross Main Street and walk up Water Street. Once past the village’s water tower driveway, continue heading up Logan Hill Road for approximately 0.5 miles to the trailhead on the right. Look for yellow paint blazes.