Roy H. Park Preserve Trail

MODERATE 6 reviews

Roy H. Park Preserve Trail is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Dryden, New York that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, and birding. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
246 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

walking

forest

views

wildlife

blowdown

This is the North entrance to a 2.5 mile out and back trail between Irish Settlement Rd and Hammond Hill Rd that connects the preserve foot path to Hammond Hill trails. This trail is only a small piece of a larger trail system. This fairly easy but pleasant hike begins with a beautiful undulating promenade snaking through a small wetland that leads to the well marked trail. There is a 262 foot change in elevation. Dogs must be kept in leash as this is a wildlife preserve and you will likely see animals like deer and snapping turtles. Snakes and fish abound in the wetland as well. It is a lovely place to spend an afternoon exploring as this preserve borders the Hammond Hill State Forest trails, the Yellow Barn state forest and Cornell Old 600 Natural area. At the end of this main trail you will be at Hammond Hill Rd. If you go right a short distance on the road, you will be able to enter the Hammond Hill State Forest trail loop.

hiking
1 month ago

North entrance. Nice board walk to the woods. Great view of the wetlands which are critical to wildlife. I appreciated the benches. We saw dozens of bright orange salamanders and a tiny toad in the woods. Unfortunately the mosquitos and flies were out in full force. Having a hat helped, as did insect repellent. 2.4 miles was a short hike but I would go back late September, early October. I would probably extend my hike into Hammond State Forest. The North entrance is the first entrance on Irish Settlement rd coming from Rt 13. Just past Hammond Hill rd.

hiking
5 months ago

Important Note: There are two Roy H. Park Preserve parking areas on Irish Settlement. This review is for the one that starts at the South lot. They are about 3/4 of a mile apart - The North lot starts with walk across a boardwalk through a marsh, and the South lot starts with a walk through some trees and small meadows.

The South lot trail is a beautiful short trail that I would say is an Easy loop of about 1.5 miles. Mostly flat land with beautiful bird activity, especially in the mornings. There are several side branches to the loop that head over to Sixmile Creek at various points, one that heads over to an open lean-to and baby gorge, the other goes down to a swimming hole on private property. Generally they don't mind if you swim, just be respectful and don't leave trash.

A great hidden gem that is generally unused or extremely low traffic for being so close to Ithaca.

hiking
6 months ago

great trail to walk my dogs

walking
Saturday, July 01, 2017

A lovely walk through wetlands and forest that will bring you to the Hammond Hill trail system.

6 months ago

hiking
Thursday, August 03, 2017