Note: We have run quite low on our supply of trail maps to leave at the kiosks. Before we print more we would like inputs about changes that could be made to the maps. In particular, trail identification is a problem. Most trails are only identified by a color, and there are a only few different colors used. Some trails are not identified at all. If you have ideas about trail naming or our map in general, please contact us.
In the mean time, here’s a PDF version of our trail map.
See our 2016 wildlife observation list at: iNaturalist.org
You can also see our Facebook page.
There are currently three geographically separate municipal conservation areas located in the Town of Skaneateles in Onondaga County, New York:
1. The Skaneateles Conservation Area, including the Federal Farm, Guppy Farm, and other Gully Road parcels, located on Old Seneca Turnpike (surrounding the Town of Skaneateles transfer station) and on both sides of Gully Road, in the northeastern part of the town, contains about 300 acres of land, much of it wooded, a fishing pond, a beaver pond, wetlands, waterfall, observation decks, pavilion, picnic tables, and lean-to for camping (by permission only).
3. The Dunning tract, behind Grace Chapel on the south side of US Rt. 20 at its intersection with NY Rt. 175 (Lee Mulroy Rd.), contains about 90 acres of land, about one third of it wooded. Most of the wooded portion is also a wetland. The remaining fields are leased for agricultural purposes. It no longer has road frontage, so access is through the Grace Chapel parking lot.