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.

walking
1 month ago

love this place! perfect for bringing the kids of all ages. from strollers to kids on the run. well marked and beautiful.

Amazing place away from the noise and traffic. A peaceful quiet location with a large array of wildlife.

hiking
6 months ago

bring bug spray

I do this trail often as I live 1/2hr away. It's easy, grassy, flat and beautiful. Every time I go I see something new, like turtles, eagles, herons, and fox. Great for a simple hike!

hiking
8 months ago

A very comfortable, easy, and pleasant walk. You will hear many different birds and there are plenty of spots to sit and just enjoy the sounds.

The Kanyoo Trail is an easy loop trail. This area is a popular resting area for huge migrating flocks of waterfowl and a great place for birding year round. There are many informative stations telling about the floral and fauna that can be found in the area, along with a boardwalk across a marshy area. During the summer this boardwalk is a great place to see frogs, turtles, dragonflies, and butterflies. This is a perfect trail for kids.

Nice and quaint. not much of a day hike, more like an hour at most. Fun to take smaller children.

nice boardwalk pretty cool

hiking
Sunday, June 05, 2016

It's a great little loop that I can take my dog and spend an afternoon.

hiking
Monday, April 18, 2016

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

http://www.fws.gov/uploadedFiles/Region_5/NWRS/Central_Zone/Iroquois_Complex/Iroquois/WildlifeObservationFactsheet.pdf

hiking
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

If you are anature lover you will like this trail .This 1.5 mile trail has a lot of Kodak moments ,some big patches of mud if you get caught in the rain .

Sunday, April 13, 2014

This is a great little nature trail for kids

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.

Love to see all the nature ,Birds ,water fowl,deers,and prob. the largest snapper I ever saw .the kids love it

nice trail but muddie

The trail was very fun to hike on. We saw a ton of frogs, hawks, cranes, and geese. A very very easy hike. The trails are gravel all the way around. I was hoping for more free lance hiking. Looking to make my own trail. Some very cool docks with bird watching points. Keep an eye out for bald eagles, amazing if you see one!!! Enjoy

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