If you like the great outdoors, you’ll love our hiking trails. The Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve features over seven miles of breath taking trails through forested land, lush prairies and along serene ponds. Wildlife can be seen in abundance on these paths, and lookout stations help you catch a better view of their activity and antics.
Difficulty of Trails
Our trails are open to the public from dawn to dusk, year round. Trails may be closed on occasion for maintenance or safety purposes. Please call the Seneca Meadows Landfill office at 315-539-5624 for up-to-date information.
Seneca Meadows does not charge parking or admission fees for the use of its trail system.
Leashed pets are allowed on the trails. Please clean up after your pet.
Hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing are allowed on our trails. No motorized vehicles (i.e., snowmobiles, 4-wheelers, motor bikes, etc.) are allowed on the trails or the surrounding property. Please stay on designated trails.
The site met the IBA (Important Bird Area) at-risk Criterion because of the number of breeding Pied-billed Grebe and American and Least Bittern.
Some of the most abundant bird species that rely on Seneca Meadows are American Black Duck (Spring,Fall), Mallard (Spring, Summer, Fall), Wood Duck (Spring, Summer, Fall), Great Blue Heron (Spring, Summer, Fall), Northern Shoveler (Spring, Fall), Bobolink (Summer), Savannah Sparrow (Summer), Short-eared Owl (Winter), Rough-legged Hawk (Winter), Northern Harrier (Winter).
Excellent viewing reliability.
Trail Access & Parking
The entrance to the Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve is on Black Brook Road in Seneca Falls. This entrance has a sizeable parking area with wide, easily accessible trail heads. All trails start at this location.
Directions to trail entrances
1712 BLACK BROOK ROAD,
SENECA FALLS, NY 13148
FROM THE THRUWAY (I-90)
Take Exit 41 (Waterloo) off of I-90. Turn right off the thruway ramp, and travel south on State Route 414 for 0.25 Of a mile. Turn left onto State Route 318 and travel 1 Mile. Turn right onto Black Brook Road and travel 1 Mile. The entrance to the Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve is on the right.
FROM THE SOUTH
Travel along State Route 96 N until it intersects with State Routes 5 & 20 in Waterloo. Turn right onto Routes 5 & 20 E and travel 1 mile. Turn left onto State Route 414 and travel 4 miles. Turn right onto State Route 318 and travel 1 mile. Turn right onto Black Brook Road and travel 1 Mile. The entrance to the Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve is on the right.
Map of trails
To download a map of our trail system, click here.
A porta potty is available at the Wetlands Preserve. Restrooms are available at the Seneca Meadows Environmental Education Center, on Route 414, during open hours.