Etna Nature Preserve

Walter and Sally Spofford set aside 11 acres of land on the east side of Route 366 as a bird sanctuary.
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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.

Approximately one acre of the preserve is on the west side of Route 366, and is mainly a floodplain for Fall Creek. A short trail leads to, and then parallels, Fall Creek, before returning to the parking area. The preserve is bordered on the west by Fall Creek and on the east by an old railroad bed.

Aerial Photo of the Etna  Preserve
The Etna Preserve is located in the Town of Dryden, along Route 366. From Ithaca, take Route 13N to Route 366N, heading towards Etna. The preserve is about 1 mile north of Route 13, before you get to the first intersection, and is located on both sides of the road. Large preserve signs mark the entrance. The portion on the west side of route 366 is opposite a cemetery and next to Fall Creek. It also has a parking area. On the east side of the road, the preserve wraps around the cemetery and extends southward along the road.

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