Hike Sweedler Preserve at Lick Brook

New York Lick Brook

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This is a great afternoon hike through a beautiful 155 acre preserve. Multiple shale gorges including a 140' waterfall, examples of northern hardwood old growth forest with an incredible diversity of tree species, and excellent wildlife viewing, especially for birds of prey.

Trailheads and parking are on both Sandbank and Townline Roads, with elevations ranging from 280-330m. Follow the white blazes of the Finger Lakes trail downhill with views of the gorge, and wind through massive oak and maple trees. At the bottom of the hill (about 100m of elevation), you can enjoy wildflowers in the spring, and marvel at the enormous sycamores.

Helpful Preserve Website

Pack List

  • Water
  • Lunch
  • Hiking boots (with crampons in winter)
  • Camera
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Activities:

Chillin, Fitness, Hiking, Photography, Running, Snowshoeing

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Loop

Distance:

1.6 Miles

Elev. Gain:

500 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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about 1 year ago

Awesome Hike, Beautiful waterfall

This is definitely a great place to get away from the crowds, Lick Brook Falls is stunning after a good rainfall! Don't overlook this gem when visiting Ithaca!

about 1 year ago

about 1 year ago

Hidden Gem

This is an awesome little preserve to check out if you haven't been. Sometimes the big parks can get busy in the summer months in Ithaca, but during my last visit in late summer, we had the whole place to ourselves. Lots to still see, great falls and views of surrounding forests.

about 1 year ago

Added by Brian Maley

Working with Cornell University and the Finger Lakes Land Trust to photo-document the Unique Natural Areas of Tompkins County to benefit conservation. I believe in getting people excited to go outside and explore on a local scale.

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