The refuge has 4 nature trails - Kanyoo, Onondaga, Swallow Hollow and Feeder Road - open for walking. Kanyoo and Swallow Hollow Nature Trails also have interpretive panels. There are 4 vehicle overlooks - Cayuga, Ring Neck, School House Marsh and Mallard - where wildlife viewing can be conducted from your vehicle. Cayuga Overlook is a great place to see nesting bald eagles, as well as, tremendous numbers of waterfowl during the spring migration. The refuge is also open to hunting and fishing activities. Contact the refuge headquarters for detailed information on both of these activities. To plan for your trip you should contact the refuge headquarters to gather pertinent information on the refuge and surrounding area. As with most hiking trips, we suggest bringing insect repellent, sunscreen, drinking water, as well as dressing appropriately for the weather. Between March 1 - July 15 the majority of the refuge is designated a wildlife sanctuary with restricted access. This period gives wildlife the chance to breed and raise their young without human disturbance. During this period the following will remain open: the immediate area around the refuge office, Kanyoo, Onondaga, Swallow Hollow and the Feeder Road nature trails; Cayuga, Mallard, Ringneck and School House overlooks and fishing areas (Ringneck Marsh and Oak Orchard Creek). The Mohawk Ski Trail closes March 1.
Deep M. on Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge &...
Nice and quaint. not much of a day hike, more like an hour at most. Fun to take smaller children.
Very nice short loop trail. Nice place to get outside and spend an hour or so relaxing. Trail is part gravel and part boardwalk. There are signs posted all along the trail offering bits of information regarding the wildlife, marshes, and such. Saw a few turtles and geese day was there butt not much else. Would go back again.
Pretty cool hike. We parked on 77 and hiked down Feeder Rd. It is a gravel trail that travels through the swamp area. Saw some geese and a few herons, we didn't catch the Bald Eagles though. Great trail! I posted a link to the map of the refuge below
Leigh F. on Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge &...
Did trail about 6 years ago. Wasn't well marked, trail seemed a bit unkept. Surrounded by private land, not clearly marked. Haven't been there in years so it may be different? Also land was a little marsh.
Myself and my wife both took a walk on the Swallow Hollow Trail it is a board walk and there are seats every so often, I would recommend it for parents with kids.
An elevaated boardwalk and gravel trail takes you through marsh and forested wetlands for unique encounters with wetland species.