Logan Hill Nature Preserve
Logan Hill Nature Preserve, bordering Catatonk Creek and the small village of Candor, offers miles of hiking trails with stunning views of meadows, ponds, forests, and the hillsides of the Southern Tier. The 285-acre Logan Hill Preserve features diverse habitat for wildlife. Visitors can walk directly from the village of Candor and venture through young and old forests, grassland and meadow habitat, and an elevated wetland that hosts southern species such as tupelo and cucumber magnolia trees. The unique blend of land cover provides an ideal environment for an interesting range of birds. Open fields host nesting Bobolinks; shrubby, successional areas provide a home to Prairie Warblers and Woodcock; and dozens of man-made vernal pools provide excellent breeding grounds for wood frogs, salamanders, and other amphibians.
From Ithaca, take Route 96B south towards Danby and drive approximately 18 miles to Candor. Public parking at the preserve is limited as Logan Hill Road is a minimally maintained seasonal road, but you are welcome to park in the public parking area next to Candor High School. Visitors will then need to cross Main Street and walk up Water Street. Once past the village’s water tower driveway, continue heading up Logan Hill Road for approximately 0.5 miles to the trailhead on the right. Look for yellow paint blazes.