Explore the most popular trails in Wesley Hill Nature Preserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Started on the red trail, then onto orange trail. Yellow to red. And then yellow a little less than 1/2 mile to the gully. Down and back up and worth the trip. Nice variety of landscape and flowers, a pond and meadows. Walked 4.7 miles. Well marked and easy to follow trails.

14 days ago

My friends and I really liked this trail! We stayed on the red marker trail the whole way. We all thought that it was a moderate hike. Loved how it had a little bit of everything! (Meaning, it had hills, rocks, pine trees, rock beds, creeks, a pond, and etc.) I would defiantly recommend this hike to anyone! :)

2 months ago

Definitely a moderate hike. There are multiple out and back or loop options. Quiet, serene pine and hemlock forest with loose shale streams and hilly overlooks. Trails are exceptionally well marked.

Took the Red loop trail around till we hit the yellow trail junction. There was a beautiful look out and bench where we took a break. Continued along the yellow trail to where it meets the Orange trail then back on the red loop which brought us past the pond and up to where we started. The Orange trail is beautiful there was some blow downs and some calf to knee length grass to hike through, not like the red loop that had been beaten down. So worth it! lots of different sights, trees, and animals.

Great woodland trail for beginners and those with kids

Great nature views with beautiful pond! Well marked. Moderate elevations in the woods. Would recommend starting the loop out in the woods and ending near the pond! It’ll be a nice reward! :)

There is more than just the red trail. There is also a yellow blue and green trail. If you combine them all you can make a very nice 6 mile loop. It is not too challenging but crossing Briggs Gully on the red trail is a gentle descent and a short steep climb. This is a beautiful place at any season but it is spectacular in October. Thank you Finger Lakes Land Trust for preserving this place for public access and recreation.

Super cute, super easy trail. We took the yellow trail loop off the red trail loop to extend the hike a little. The creek was bone dry, but I bet it’s beautiful when there’s water so we’ll have to come back.

Loved this trail - beautiful ravine - well marked and just the right amount of ups and downs through the woods.

one of my favorite hikes and snow shoe places!! Lots of different terrain and views!!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

One of our favorites! We like the red trail but it is challenging. Make note of the green trail that cuts the red loop in half if you get tuckered out. It’s gorgeous, wild and well-marked. Quite pristine and peaceful. Tons of wildlife. Anna’s pond is a favorite. Always tons of mushrooms, wildflowers and wildlife. Highly recommend this trail. Second trip. Planning to go back soon. Bring the bug spray if they bother you!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

moderately hard coming back up

Monday, September 04, 2017

I did the Red trail - great variety of terrain, well marked, clean. Definitely muddy after the rain, so wear shoes that can get wet.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

great hike!

Me & my pups did the red trail today. Beautiful hike!

This trail is a great trail that twist and turns with ups and downs and has many beautiful views to offer

great trail to hike in the late spring when it's not too wet. the trail takes you on a loop deep deep deep into nature. make sure to follow marked trees and stay on the path. the terrain can be somewhat difficult with steep inclines, declines and sharp turns in places. you cross a creek about 5 times in different elevations which make for astounding pictures. be aware of your surroundings as there have been bear sightings. great for four legged friends too! sign the guest book and leave a blurb about your hike! I recommend taking a picture of the map at the kiosk before getting started. (Google maps foesnt show the trails) plan about an hour + deep on the woods.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Wesley Hill Nature Preserve Gulick Rd., Naples 4/30/15 The Pond At the pond with the WWS class. Before 9am. Bird sounds. Red-winged Blackbird in the field below the pond. A woodpecker. A bumble bee buzzes. Bullfrog in the pond. Rustling dried grasses and the sound of feet in the mud. The area is dominated by the red-winged blackbirds. They mightve been occupying the pond before we came, then scattered to the trees and the border of the field. Many different types of birds chirping, and the bull frog was croaking. You could also hear a woodpecker pecking wood off in the distance, there were also many bugs buzzing around as well. The Gully At the bottom of the gully. A long series of small cascades, 100 yards long or so, massive boulders, one bigger than a car, dotting the shale creek bed, green moss covering the tops of boulders, stones of varying shades of grey and brown. A yellow birch has fallen and makes a good crossing point or place to sit, its shaggy bark hanging from the bottom like fur from a dogs underbelly. Sun still in the east, shines down in the gully illuminating ripples in the green-tinted pool. Some buds emerge from the trees. Red trillium blooms on the slopes, drooping its tired head. The Cabin In order to get to the cabin, we had to go down into one of the gullies that had a rope to help the decent. There was a slight stream of water that barely covered the bigger stones but was deep enough that if you stepped in it, youd want to change your socks. Luckily, there were stones that formed enough of bridge to get across. Once we climbed up the slight hill on the other side, the cabin came into our view. There was a wooden piece on the door that helped to keep it shut in case there were strong winds or animals that needed shelter. Walking into the porch of the cabin, there were about six chairs and one table. We pulled the table out so that we could all gather around it. The chairs were rusted and old but they worked. After we ate, we were about to leave but we thought we should check to see if there was an open window to look inside the cabin. Inside was very run down and needed work if anyone planned on sleeping there. The cobwebs lined the whole interior and there was at least an inch of dust blanketing everything in the cabin. After everyone looked inside, we decided to continue on our way. The Overlook The overlook was a very nice view. It felt as if you could fall off the edge of a cliff. We could see for miles on end and even spotting the lookout point on top of the Harriet Hollister Hill. There is a wooden bench perched at the top for a serene lookout. From the point of view of the bench it looks as if the edge of the cliff drops off the face of the earth. Being able to look for miles with nothing but the beautiful view and sweet sounds of nature. The Field Lots of dogbane and pricker bushes to navigate through. The pricker bushes were frustrating to walk through. Made rope out of the dogbane. As we stampeded through the pricker bushes and thorns to get to the lushes grouping of dogbane the girls were complaining about their legs getting cut. We had finally reached the dogbane. In order to make cordage out of it we had to receive lessons from our teacher, Mr. Folts, on how to strip the bark off of the fibers and once we got the fibers separated from the bark it could then be woven into a small very strong cordage that none of us was able to break if woven correctly. We then proceeded along the field all with our woven cordage in hand to the end of the trail. We knew we were near the end as the trail blazes got few and far between as we walked along the trail. Once they ended we could hear traffic in the distance and see the road just ahead. We had made it, now the last thing our teacher had us do is take one last picture in front of the sign to prove that we all made it and to add one more picture to the pile of different things we had seen and experienced on our first hike!

Monday, April 27, 2015

I hiked parts of Wesley Hills Nature Preserve last fall, early this winter, and at the start of spring this year. Each time it was a good experience, a bit of wilderness not far from civilization. I've hiked most all the trails shown on the map. I usually bring my dog along and he enjoys Anne's Lake not far from the east entrance on the red trail.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

This is a very nice woodland trail system with mix of deciduous and pine which is quite lovely. Although the preserve abuts private property, you really get a wilderness feel here which is rare in the Finger Lakes. Most of the trails being easy to moderate, with several small gullies on some of the trails which present some technical challenge but these areas for me are also the most picturesque. There is a nice overlook of Brigg's Gully, a very large gully bordering on a gorge which drains into Honeoye Lake. The only moderate to difficult trail is the green trail which dips down into Brigg's Gully. The trail is somewhat steep but has many switchbacks which navigate around, and sometimes through, the numerous smaller gullies. The trail markers are often hard to follow, so if you are breaking trail here in the winter be warned. At the end you are rewarded with a great view from within Brigg's Gully with some interesting boulders and small cascades. The hike back up tends to be slippery and will raise a sweat for all but the most fit. I would definitely recommend hiking poles for the less coordinated.

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