Nature’s Gems, Open All Year
CNY Land Trust currently protects 2800 acres in 48 nature preserves within 18 towns in Onondaga County and 3 towns in Oswego County. The preserves are open, free of charge, for hiking, photography and nature study from sunrise to sunset every day of the year. Hunting, trapping, fires, camping and the use of motorized vehicles are prohibited for the safety of the visiting public and the protection of the land.
In the spirit of “protecting nature’s gems, one acre at a time,” CNY Land Trust classifies its preserves in three categories, Diamonds, Emeralds and Pearls. All preserves meet CNY Land Trust’s mission of natural area protection to provide our communities clean water, clean air, wildlife habitat and a chance to connect with the land.
Preserves most suitable for public access are detailed here, all considered “Diamonds” in the CNYLT portfolio.
- Diamonds are CNY Land Trust’s most welcoming preserves, providing trails, parking, signage for public access, a management plan, and a dedicated group of stewards.
- We recommend you visit each of the beautiful Diamonds for great outdoor experiences. Watch for more Diamonds as property upgrades are completed and as new properties are added.
- Emeralds may have informal trails, and often are brushy with limited access.
- Pearls have the fewest opportunities for access, for example, some are wetlands that are not accessible. These properties are difficult to navigate, and while important, are not suited for general recreation.