Nature’s Gems, Open All Year
CNY Land Trust currently protects approximately 3000 acres in 46 nature preserves within 19 towns in Onondaga County and 3 towns in Oswego County. The preserves are open to the public from sunrise to sunset every day of the year. Access is free of charge, and suitable activities include hiking, snowshoeing, photography and nature study.
Please note that hunting, trapping, fires, camping and the use of bicycles, strollers, and 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, nature study, and outdoor recreation, are 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.
- Emeralds may have informal trails, and often are brushy with limited parking and access. The preserve has special features, but trails are not created or maintained.
- 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 for conservation values, are not suited for general recreation. They will be left wild, with no plans for access or trails. Pearls will not be listed here for general use due to the unsuitability for public recreational use.