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.

hiking
17 days 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.

walking
25 days ago

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.

hiking
7 months ago

8 months ago

on Swallow Hollow

10 months ago

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.

hiking
Sunday, April 17, 2016