Fischer Old-growth Forest Natural Area

Total distance: 1.53 miles

Difficulty level(s): moderate, difficult

Cornell Botanic Gardens Fischer Old-growth Forest Natural Area is described as majestic, magical, and inspirational. With trees over 150 feet tall, this ancient forest is a sanctuary in every sense of the word. The blue blazed trail loops around a meadow and shrubland that has established since it was abandoned from agricultural use. The red blazed trail passes through young forest before entering an ancient forest with an exceptional diversity of tree species and sizes--many over 300 years old! This old-growth forest is considered the best of the few remaining pre-European settlement forests in the region. Hiker's note: The trail crosses a small gorge, traverses some steep forested slopes, and has a creek crossing.

Trailhead GPS Coordinates

Latitude: 42.38299942
Longitude: -76.57009888

Parking Locations

Trail Attributes

  • Good for Hiking
  • Good for Snowshoeing
  • Scenic Vistas
  • Unique Wildlife Viewing

More Info

Part of interconnected trail system: No

Trail Surface: Earth

Trail Markers: red blaze, blue blaze

This trail contains a loop.

Hunting is allowed on this trail - use caution.

This trail is closed during firearm deer hunting season.

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