Monkey Run Natural Area

Total distance: 10.03 miles

Difficulty level(s): easy, moderate, difficult

Cornell Botanic Gardens 550-acre Monkey Run Natural Area is a very popular hiking destination and is part of a long natural corridor protecting Fall Creek on its route to Cayuga Lake. Trails here, which connect with the Cayuga Trail, follow the creek from the rims of forested banks and at creek level through rich floodplain forest, seeps, and wet meadows. Breathtaking views are afforded from atop 100-foot bluffs, which are continually eroded by a meandering Fall Creek below.

Portions of this trail system are also included in the Cayuga Trail system.

Trailhead GPS Coordinates

Latitude: 42.46319962
Longitude: -76.42720032

Parking Locations

Multiple parking options may be specific to certain trails within this site.

Bus Stops

Trail Attributes

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

More Info

Part of interconnected trail system: Yes

Trail Surface: Earth, Gravel/Stone Dust, earth

Trail Markers: orange blaze, none, yellow blaze, red blaze

This trail contains a loop.

Hunting is allowed on this trail - use caution.

This trail is open year round.

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