The trail is 1.2 miles long one way. From the parking lot off of Sour Springs Road follow the dirt and gravel dike through the Onondaga Marsh into mixed mature woods with evergreen plantations which pre-date the refuge. A quiet walker will be greeted by a variety of songbirds. A short side loop takes you around a small pond where you may see wood ducks and other waterfowl. When you come to the end of the trail, rest, reflect and retrace your steps.
Onondaga Trail is closed to all activities, except hunting, during the New York State regular (shotgun) deer season.
Allowed on the Trail
Over the years, two pairs of bald eagles have established nest sites on the refuge. Eagles start nesting behavior in January and continue until eaglets fledge in July. Eagles stay on or near the refuge for most of the year, leaving only to find open water in winter or in times of drought. When visiting Cayuga Overlook, the eagles are likely to be observed flying above.