Nature/ Wildlife Areas in Ithaca

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Nature & Wildlife Areas in Ithaca

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  • btobey
    Rochester, NY488 contributions
    We stopped at this attraction on the way back from Taughannock Falls State Park, on the western side of Cayuga Lake. The visitor's center is closed, but the grounds and path are open. After being at the falls, walking the wooded trails here didn't seem worth it, but we did decide to take the short (<10 min) walk out to the treehouse on the grounds. On the way, there are a few animal cages housing rescue animals (fox, turkey vulture, owl), and we saw several groups of schoolchildren. The treehouse (built by a high school group) is worth the brief visit, and it is in a quiet, peaceful area near the stream. This isn't a must-see, but definitely worth a quick visit when nearby.
    Written 28 July 2021
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  • dese2
    Auburn, NY2,152 contributions
    We stopped by on a recent Sunday morning. There is a small parking area just off Giles St. At the entry is a sign with trail areas; there are several around town in the area. All are not continuous so we only did one section. We walked for about 30 minutes out and didn't get to the end of the trail.
    The trail we took runs along Six Mile Creek. The path is stony and has some tree roots above ground so somewhat uneven; wear durable shoes. We were able to walk to the water's edge along the way. There were a few benches at the beginning but not all along the way.
    We saw several runners and some people with dogs. Dogs are allowed on a leash but not everyone was following that rule.
    While hiking we saw nuthatches, tufted titmouse, and black-capped chickadees.
    It is an easy hike, except for the uneven surface.
    Take your trash out with you.
    Written 21 September 2020
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  • chairduck
    Brooktondale, NY420 contributions
    The Conservatory has two specimens of titan arum--better known as "corpse flower," a plant that blooms once every 7-10 years. They're about 6-8 feet tall at their peak and smell like a rotting corpse. I'm not a plant person, but THAT'S AWESOME!

    In the week before one of their plants--"Wee Stinky"--was blooming, they set up a web-cam so you could check its progress, and I was checking that thing multiple times a day, waiting for it to flower, so I could rush over to the Conservatory and see it in-person.The bloom only lasts for around a day, so you have to time it perfectly.

    Finally, the big day came. My in-laws were in town, so we brought the whole family. We waited in line 20 minutes to see a plant--again, I don't like plants--and it was TOTALLY WORTH IT. The whole room smelled like like death. They had people there you could ask questions about the flower; they had smaller version of the plant you could see; and, most importantly, they let you take selfies with a gigantic smelly corpse flower called "Wee Stinky". Best day ever.

    tl;dr Come when one of the corpse flowers is blooming; it's awesome. The other plants are cool too.
    Written 6 January 2017
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  • Brian D
    Ithaca, NY646 contributions
    incredible hiking and views. even many locals don't know of this spot, or if they do they have not hiked it.
    a large and ranging preserve this is NOT a flat hiking area but a sloped and hilly preserve.
    Free, but somewhat limited parking. Look for the giants bathtub....!
    Written 8 August 2017
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