John MacFarlane Trail

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John MacFarlane Trail is a 1.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Clayton, New York that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, trail running, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
1.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
49 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

trail running

walking

views

wildlife

no shade

historic site

Opened in 2011, this 1.5 mile trail was made possible by the generosity of LoisJean and John MacFarlane, a grant from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and supporters like you! The trail is located around the perimeter of the meadows and is a low-impact trail for jogging, hiking, and cross-country skiing. The MacFarlane trail also sports beautiful and informative signage, created by Bob McNamara of The Art of Wilderness, who provided illustrations for this brochure. These signs help explain the significance of the Zenda Farms Preserve, its habitats, wildlife and plant life. Now walkers have the opportunity to learn more about this property, as well as the ecology along the St. Lawrence River. This trail is open daily from dawn to dusk and visitors are welcome to enjoy this and the many other Land Trust trail systems in the region. The trail surrounds one of the grasslands conserved for nesting birds, so please, keep your dog on a leash until after the nesting season is complete!

trail running
4 months ago

Great trail for running as it is a completely asphalt surface. It's in a beautiful area with plenty of sitting/reflection areas. Because of that, this trail is for any age group. Happy Trailing!

walking
10 months ago

Opened in 2011, this 1.5 mile trail was made possible by the generosity of LoisJean and John MacFarlane, a grant from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and supporters like you!

This trail is open daily from dawn to dusk and visitors are welcome to enjoy this and the many other Land Trust trail systems in the region. In 2012, TILT started an Arbor Day tradition by planting a new row of trees along the trail, including a large oak in memory of TILT co-founder Michael Mead.

The MacFarlane trail also sports beautiful and informative signage, created by Bob McNamara of The Art of Wilderness, who provided illustrations for this brochure. These signs help explain the significance of the Zenda Farms Preserve, its habitats, wildlife and plant life. Now walkers have the opportunity to learn more about this property, as well as the ecology along the St. Lawrence River.