Photo: Bill Hecht

Logan Hill Nature Preserve

Logan Hill Nature Preserve, bordering Catatonk Creek and the small village of Candor, offers miles of hiking trails with stunning views of meadows, ponds, forests, and the hillsides of the Southern Tier.

Natural History

The 285-acre Logan Hill Preserve features diverse habitat for wildlife.  Visitors can walk directly from the village of Candor and venture through young and old forests, grassland and meadow habitat, and an elevated wetland that hosts southern species such as tupelo and cucumber magnolia trees.  The unique blend of land cover provides an ideal environment for an interesting range of birds.  Open fields host nesting Bobolinks; shrubby, successional areas provide a home to Prairie Warblers and Woodcock; and dozens of manmade vernal pools provide excellent breeding grounds for wood frogs, salamanders, and other amphibians.

History

Betsy and Dick Darlington bought 300 acres of land atop Logan Hill in 1972, and in 1990, donated the first ever conservation easement held by the Land Trust.  Betsy, Dick, and their daughters, Lois and Jean, wanted to ensure the permanent protection of their family’s property and generously donated 285 acres to the Land Trust in February of 2015.  The remaining 15 acres are still owned by the Darlingtons and are protected through a conservation easement.

Please respect the family’s wishes by staying within the preserve boundaries and avoiding the private parcel.

Public Use

Please see our public use policies for recreational activities on nature preserves.

From October 1-November 18, bow hunters will be hunting on the preserve in locations that are at least 150 feet from the marked hiking trail loop, and the trail will remain open to the public during that time. Hikers must stay on the marked trail loop at all times.

From November 19-December 20, the whole preserve will be closed to the public.

Directions

From Ithaca, take Route 96B south towards Danby and drive approximately 18 miles to Candor. Public parking at the preserve is limited as Logan Hill Road is a minimally maintained seasonal road, but you are welcome to park in the public parking area next to Candor High School. Visitors will then need to cross Main Street and walk up Water Street. Once past the village’s water tower driveway, continue heading up Logan Hill Road for approximately 0.5 miles to the trailhead on the right. Look for yellow paint blazes.