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Hike Sweedler Preserve at Lick Brook

Ithaca, New York

5.0/5
based on 2 reviews

Details

Distance

1.6 miles

Elevation Gain

500 ft

Route Type

Loop

Description

Added by Brian Maley

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.

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Features

Fitness
Chillin
Photography
Running
Snowshoeing
Hiking
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Reviews

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!

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.

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