Camillus Forest Unique Area Trails

MODERATE 76 reviews

Camillus Forest Unique Area Trails is a 2.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Camillus, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.8 miles
370 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly




trail running




wild flowers



NYSDEC Forest Unique Area featuring a loop up a hill and through several environments. A hike through new growth forest, fields and a somewhat over grown scrub. The south-western portion affords an expansive view of Onondaga Lake and the west side of the City of Syracuse.

trail running
2 hours ago

Some trails are so overgrown! there's no way you could take children through there. A little maintenance would go a long way. Then maybe the trails would get some more usage.

2 months ago

Trail 5 through mature, ferned woods was peaceful. Trail clear. appreciated comments on meadowgrass trails conditions so I wasn't surprised when I couldn't figure out which way to go. there ARE trail markers tucked along the way. good idea to download map. i saw a few disinterested bees, one small shy snake of unidentified species, and few bugs.

3 months ago

Honestly, it wasn't the most exciting trail. Very overgrown and frustrating.

10 months ago

You basically walk up a hill through a field, then walk through a small forest and then back down to the car. Fun times.

11 months ago

11 months ago

The trail isn't well kept and there's lots of bugs due to high grass.

Monday, July 24, 2017

This trail snakes through one of the few untouched old-growth forest stands left in NY state. Great place to go if you're looking for a peaceful walk in the woods

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Seems like it could be a nice hike but today (my first visit) it was overgrown and the trail difficult to follow. Lots of bugs due to the high grass.

Monday, June 12, 2017

it was a great trail and fairly easy for our son and dog. would definitely go again!

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Love this trail. I wish that it was maintained better, I had to pull 6 ticks off my dogs after walking through the tall grass.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

loved it

Thursday, February 09, 2017

found this trail by accident while out geocaching. will definitely do it again once the weather gets better.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

This should be rated as easy instead of moderate. I have hiked it numerous times by myself and also with a friend with a 3 year old, and he did fine.

I am definitely going to try trail running on this next.

Friday, October 07, 2016

Beautiful little park,lots of variety of plant cover. Great for birding and botanizing. Over three hundred foot elevation change makes for fun xc ski runs. Winter is my favorite time to enjoy CUA.

Friday, October 07, 2016

Very nice trail with beautiful distant views. Trails not well marked and many cross trails and forks make it easy to become disoriented. Convenient location and plenty of parking available on Thompson Rd..

Sunday, August 21, 2016

There were some nice old trees to see, but we spent a good deal of time walking around a meadow. Not my cup of tea!

Monday, August 15, 2016

nice little hike in the middle of a busy village

Sunday, June 26, 2016

It was a good hike, especially with the dog. It was very close to home, which was nice and it had some amazing views from the top of the hill. The trails need a bit more maintenance as some of them are extremely overgrown, but othwr than that, it was a nice hike.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Good Trail. We went on with shorts. We felt should have come with full tracks as trail has knee height gross for some long

Sunday, May 22, 2016

First time in this area even though I've lived 30 minutes away for 20 years! Beautiful on trail 5! We only wish we had more time today to explore all the trails!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

i like the random cars and metal structures that we came across hiking. nice exercise and a few muddy areas this early in the summer but the dog still did fine

Monday, May 09, 2016

Good hike

Saturday, March 26, 2016

It was a great trail with son,niece and nephew and my dog loved it. Can get a bit muddy in some areas so be prepared. A great fast hike

Monday, August 24, 2015

Hiked Trail #3 for two miles. The trail was severely overgrown and, given the difficulty in following the trail through the brush, not adequately marked. It was also fairly wet in some areas so due care should be taken for marshy ground. That said there were many birds and insects to be seen. I didn't notice any larger mammals like possum, raccoon, deer or the like ( I made quite a bit of noise forcing through the brush) but I'm certain that in a 355 acre area there were some.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A little muddy in parts but overall a great hike with my dog

Monday, May 25, 2015

Great trail to hike

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Hike here 1 or 2 times a week. Love it in all seasons. Posted a couple of winter pictures I took while hiking on 1/15/15. Hope to get shots from all seasons and will try to post some here.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Did the full loop today with my dog. Good time. Definitely squishy in some sections right now, but ask any farmer around here and they'll tell you the same thing: The ground is soaked. I would love to know how the car got in there.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Beautiful four mile loop with meadows, shrub land, and both young and old growth forests. We did the long four-mile loop, and found the trail to be very well marked. Lots of birds, I'll be back without the dog to do some birding later. Just be warned, it is rather muddy in some places, and the trail can be slick on a few downhill spots.

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