Parker Nature Preserve

The 170 acre Parker Preserve provides habitats for many species as well as a place of serenity and rest for people. Hiking and birdwatching are popular at this preserve.
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The Parker Nature Preserve, donated by Gene and Joan Lane, consists of approximately 170 acres and includes mature forest, young forest, meadows, brushland, small wetlands and two small streams. The streams originate on the preserve, and come together just south of the preserve. The Parker Preserve provides habitats for many species as well as a place of serenity and rest for people. Hiking and birdwatching are popular at this preserve.





The land gradually gets steeper and more mature from east to west. Some of the brushy areas are excellent habitat for many species of birds, and in the spring are a great place for warblers.






Further up the slope, the woods are mostly young, and consist of many Red Maples, Sugar Maples, Trembling Aspen and White Pine.





A beautiful meadow at the top of the slope is surrounded by young pines. This meadow provides a gorgeous view of the surrounding hills. The mature forest west of the meadow contains Red Oak, several kinds of hickory, White Birch, Red Pine, White Pine, Hemlock and many other species.


In one area, there is a pine stump fence in good condition, which is a fine example of how a fence like this works.

Aerial View of Parker Preserve


The Parker Nature Preserve is located in the town of Bath on Telegraph and Velie Roads. From the southern end of Seneca Lake at Watkins Glen, take route 28 west to Route 23. Take 23 and turn left on Route 226. Turn right soon after the Bradford School on Yawger Hill Road. Follow this road to the small village of Bradford, and turn left on Route 16 (Telegraph Road). A small sign says, "To Bath". From Telegraph Road, make a right onto Velie Road. The preserve is on the left with parking on the shoulder of the road. The trail entrance is marked by the green, "Parker Nature Preserve" sign. The trail becomes more obvious as one proceeds westward.

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