Logan Hill Nature Preserve
Hiking Challenge Level: Moderate
Trail Length: Approx. 2.5 miles; some inclines
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 Finger Lakes.
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 manmade vernal pools provide excellent breeding grounds for wood frogs, salamanders, and other amphibians.
Betsy and Dick Darlington bought 300 acres of land atop Logan Hill in 1972, and in 1990, donated the first ever conservation easement held by the Land Trust. Betsy, Dick, and their daughters, Lois and Jean, wanted to ensure the permanent protection of their family’s property and generously donated 285 acres to the Land Trust in February of 2015. The remaining 15 acres are still owned by the Darlingtons and are protected through a conservation easement.
124 Logan Hill Rd, Candor, NY 13743