Size: 246 acres
Location: Town of Camillus
Camillus Valley Natural Area protects almost 2.5 miles of Nine Mile Creek, one of the premier trout streams in Onondaga County. The preserve lies between NYS Route 174 on the west, and a railroad embankment on the east, just south of the village of Camillus. Just beyond the southern end of the preserve, the Central New York Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society maintains Martisco Station as a museum. On the preserve, marked trails and fishing holes invite hikers and anglers alike. To access the preserve between Martisco Station and the Village of Camillus, there is a parking lot just north of the tunnel under the railroad, on the east side of NYS Route 174. A second parking area lies further north on the east side of NYS Route 174, where the road’s shoulder widens.
You may also access the preserve by parking near the railroad museum and walking north. Preserve access near the railroad museum is closed at this time. A new trail starting from the Village of Camillus is open, by parking in the public lot and walking along Feederbank Road to the trailhead. A new map (in draft version), made for CNY Land Trust by Syracuse Community Geography, can be downloaded here: CamillusValley_TrailMap_North-2_DRAFT