Sweedler and Thayer Nature Preserves

Sweedler Nature Preserve Trails

The Sweedler preserve features a 1.2-mile White Trail, which connects Elmira Road to Town Line Road, and a Blue Trail, which straddles Lick Brook.

Sweedler and Thayer Nature Preserves

The White Trail begins at the western preserve parking area along NY 13/Elmira Road. It continues east, crossing Cayuga Creek underneath the railroad bridge. It is typically a shallow ford that is rarely above ankle deep.

The White Trail follows the edge of the woodlands, combing through a well groomed path northward towards Lick Brook. The trail dips across the creek at another ford before turning east towards the first major waterfall, 47-feet high, along Lick Brook.

From here, the White Trail splits. Continue along the Blue Trail, which closely follows Lick Brook, as it ascends a steep hill past a 25-foot-high waterfall. A side trail approximately a third way up the hill splits off to the right, descending to the creek.

Following the creek up past some low but slippery cascades leads to the third major waterfall along Lick Brook, which towers above at 93-feet.

Returning to the Blue Trail, continue eastward towards the junction of the White Trail. Proceeding east, it is approximately¬†¬Ĺ-mile along the White Trail to Town Line Road and Thayer Nature Preserve. It passes by several smaller cascades.

Going west from the junction along the White Trail leads down to two unnamed, seasonal streams, each with their own set of cascades that are best seen during heavy rains. The White Trail straddles a ridge line before descending down to the Cayuga Creek valley, eventually returning to the Elmira Road trailhead.