Bahar Nature Preserve
Here in the Skaneateles Lake Watershed, we invite you to discover a dramatic forest and gorge landscape, take in a shoreline vista of Skaneateles Lake, and watch Bahar's secrets unfold in front of you.
Despite the loss to logging of treasured ancient trees about 20 years ago, the younger forest is making a fine comeback, and has much to offer the outdoors person wishing to explore nature. The young trees also support many old native grapevines. Winding themselves around a sapling, the woody grapevines grow with the tree. The grapevines can be found gnarled and twisted, coiling up a maple or ash in search of sunlight. A carpet of mosses and ferns such as shining clubmoss and maidenhair fern add to the lush vegetation. White trillium and Jack-in-the-pulpit are among the wildflowers that add color to the green forest floor.
Part of the Bahar Preserve trail includes a 65-foot crescent of lakeshore. This is a fine place to beach a canoe or kayak before hiking up the ridge trail, or simply as a place to relax and watch ducks, including, perhaps, Hooded Mergansers, dive for fish.