Hit the Trail!

Hit the Trail!

In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks." 

~ John Muir

  • Kanyoo Nature Trail

    Kanyoo Trail

    This trail, off of Route 77, consists of two loops that are 0.66 miles (yellow markers) and 1 mile (blue markers).  The pathway is made from dirt and gravel and is surrounded by wildflowers and fungi, such as trillium and turkey tail, respectively. The trail leads visitors through mixed forests and vernal wetlands. Along the yellow trail there is an observation platform that is nestled in the trees overlooking the marsh. The blue trail offers a boardwalk so you are able to walk through the marsh.  

  • Swallow Hollow Trail

    Swallow Hollow

    Located on Knowlesville Road, this is a 1.3 mile loop trail that takes visitors through marsh, forested wetlands, and upland habitat. On the elevated boardwalk and gravel trail, you will have the opportunity to view unique wetland species that are listed on educational panels along the route. Warblers are common visitors of this path and can be seen in the late spring and summer on the trail. You also may catch a glimpse of a snapping turtle, pileated woodpecker, or white-tailed deer.


  • Onondaga Trail


    Off of Sour Springs Road (approach from Roberts Road), lies the 2.4 mile (1.2 miles one way) Onondaga Trail. This trail provides visitors with the chance to see diverse wildlife. A quiet walker will be rewarded with a variety of songbirds, waterfowl, and mammals. The dirt and gravel dike trail leads you past Onondaga Marsh and into mixed forests with evergreen plantations that predate the refuge. In the spring, wood ducks and hooded mergansers like to make their nests in provided nest boxes. A side loop offers a weaving path around a small vernal (seasonal) pool.  

    Please note: Sour Springs Road is not maintained in the winter months and therefore this parking lot may not be accessible by vehicle. However, the trail remains open year round. 

  • HQ Trail

    HQ Trail

    Headquarters trail starts at the kiosk outside the Visitor Center located off of Casey Road. At just over 1 mile, this loop trail winds its way through grasslands, forested habitat, and marshland. The gravel trail is ADA accessible and provides an easy stroll with ample opportunity for wildlife observation. You may see purple martins catching dragonflies to feed their young, a resident opossum meandering through the trees, wood ducks on the pond, and butterflies pollinating the goldenrod. 

  • Feeder Road

    Feeder Road Trail

    Originally, this trail was made from the spoils of digging the Feeder Canal in 1823. The canal connected water from the Tonawanda Creek to Oak Orchard Creek in order to improve its flow into the Erie Canal in Medina. It is the longest hiking trail on the refuge at 3.5 miles one way (7 miles RT). In order to access the southern part of the trail, park at the Kanyoo Trail parking lot and follow the grass pathway to the west. This will lead visitors to a gravel path that goes through wetlands, forest, and grasslands. You can also access the trail from the north parking lot off of Dunlop Road. On Feeder Road, it is common to hear a wide variety of songbirds and marsh birds and to see different shorebirds, waterfowl, and bald eagles. 

    This trail is also open to bicycles year-round. It is possible to drive motor vehicles from Route 77 to the gated half-way point from October through the end of February. No vehicles besides service vehicles are allowed beyond the gated area.

  • Other Recreational Opportunities

    Other Rec

    It’s a bike! It’s a boat! It’s skis and snowshoes! Whether you are searching for that secretive marsh bird, looking for tranquility in the calm of the refuge, or just trying to get some fresh air and exercise, the refuge has endless opportunities for you to recreate. 

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