Etna Nature Preserve
The Etna Preserve, a few miles northeast of Ithaca, was donated the to the Finger Lakes Land Trust in February of 1991 by Walter and Sally Spofford. They had lived there for many years and were avid birders. The Land Trust has maintained the existing trails on the land, and has also made new ones, including a bridge over one of the streams that runs through the preserve, using abandoned railroad rails.
The Etna Preserve consists
of approximately 11 acres of woods, wetlands, streams, and floodplains.
Trails are located in places that complement the landscape and facilitate
bird watching. Except for one short hill, trails are flat and easy, and
go through a variety of habitat types. Hiking, jogging, and bird watching
are popular at the preserve.