The refuge headquarters and visitor center is located at 1101 Casey Road, one mile north and west of the Alabama traffic light, which is at the intersection of Highway 63 and Highway 77 in Alabama. Our phone number is (585) 948-5445.
The refuge has 4 nature trails - Kanyoo, Onondaga, Swallow Hollow and Feeder Road - open for walking. Kanyoo and Swallow Hollow Nature Trails also have interpretive panels. There are 4 vehicle overlooks - Cayuga, Ring Neck, School House Marsh and Mallard - where wildlife viewing can be conducted from your vehicle. Cayuga Overlook is a great place to see nesting bald eagles, as well as, tremendous numbers of waterfowl during the spring migration.
The refuge is also open to hunting and fishing activities. Contact the refuge headquarters for detailed information on both of these activities.
To plan for your trip you should contact the refuge headquarters to gather pertinent information on the refuge and surrounding area. As with most hiking trips, we suggest bringing insect repellent, sunscreen, drinking water, as well as dressing appropriately for the weather.
Between March 1 - October 1 the majority of the refuge is designated a wildlife sanctuary with restricted access. This period gives wildlife the chance to breed and raise their young without human disturbance. During this period the following will remain open: the immediate area around the refuge office, Kanyoo, Onondaga, Swallow Hollow and the Feeder Road nature trails; Cayuga, Mallard, Ringneck and School House overlooks and fishing areas (Ringneck Marsh and Oak Orchard Creek). The Mohawk Ski Trail closes March 1.
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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.