Project Description

Size: 119 acres
Location: Town of Spafford
Classification: Emerald
Trails: Yes

At 1,968 feet, this preserve contains the highest point in the Skaneateles Lake watershed and the third highest point in Onondaga county. The preserve is formed by two parcels bisected by the unpaved Ripley Hill Rd. This property was protected with the assistance of Finger Lakes Land Trust.

(As of January, 2021, NO PARKING signs have been put on the road from the Town of Spafford, so for now cars cannot park there.  Central New York Land Trust is working on permits for a future parking lot in this area.). Access is from Ripley Hill Rd. or FLLT Hinchcliff Preserve on Rt 41. For  Ripley Hill Rd. trail head: rt 41 to Cold Brook Rd.,  .8 miles and turn right on Ripley Hill Rd (unmarked graded gravel, not maintained in Winter), go 1.1 miles to trail head. Parking is fine on shoulder of lightly used road. The CNYLT trail can take you as far as Rt 41 at Hinchcliff. CNYLT/FLLT trail winds through woods, over boardwalk covered muddy areas, and opens into a beautiful field where you can hike down to Rt 41, or stay on top and view Skaneateles Lake in the distance.