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Nichols Pond Park Sunday, December 6th, 2009
Nichols Pond - Wetland Outlook

Nichols Pond - Wetland Outlook

Nichols Pond County Park
Fee: Free / Pets: Yes

Trail: Indian Springs
Distance: 274′ (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Easy
GPS: N43 00.303 W75 44.476 (Crain Pits)

Trail: Wetland Outlook
Distance: 400′ (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Easy
GPS: N43 00.237 W75 44.612 (Trailhead)

Trail: Deep Woods
Distance: 1.2 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Easy
GPS: N43 00.240 W75 44.565 (Trailhead)

Nichols Pond Parking Lot
GPS: N43 00.187 W75 44.509

Visited:
12/04/2009 (Chinook) – Our initial visit to Nichols Pond Park.  What made this park unique was its mix of history and heritage that is scattered throughout.  The Wetland Overlook and Indian Springs areas are very short but offer glimpses of what was the 1615 battle between the Huron and Oneida Indian tribes battled.  This excavated area has several historical markers throughout the park.  Indian Springs has a fairly steep wooden staircase that descends to the overlook.  The Deep Woods trail is the only significant trail at 1.2 miles round trip.  The trail is easy to walk and offers markers on the trees, but at the end of the trail, the loop back can be confusing.  What a great place to bring the family for a picnic and those more serious hikers can stop by Oxbow Falls which is only a couple of minutes away.  Close by is the Fenner Wind Power Project which seems fitting as these turbines are seen from the park in the distance.

Crain Pits

Crain Pits

Indian Springs - Trailhead

Indian Springs - Trailhead

Indian Springs - Staircase

Indian Springs - Staircase

Indian Springs - Overlook

Indian Springs - Overlook

Wetland Overlook

Wetland Overlook

Deep Woods Trail View

Deep Woods Trail View


Deep Woods Trail View

Deep Woods Trail View

Nichols Pond - Deep Woods Trail

Nichols Pond - Deep Woods Trail

Deep Woods Trail View

Deep Woods Trail View

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Charlie Major Nature Trail Monday, November 16th, 2009
Charlie Major Trail - Skaneateles Creek

Charlie Major Trail - Skaneateles Creek

Charlie Major Nature Trail

Fee: Free /Pets: Yes

Fishing:  Skaneateles Creek

Trail: Charlie Major Nature Trail
Distance: 1.6 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Easy
GPS: N42 57.770 W76 26.470 (Parking Area & Trailhead)
GPS: N42 58.093 W76 26.536 (Ruins Footpath)

This short nature trail is well maintained and easily hiked or biked.  It’s less than two miles round trip and offers some really nice photo opportunities of ruins from the milling era.  Fishing is allowed with special permit only.

11/16/2009 (Chinook) – This was our first visit to the trail.  It was a nice day (especially for November).  We found this trail as one of the ones featured on the rails to trails website.  It was pretty short, but we stopped several times for photographs along the way.  A few of these can be seen by following the link on the date above.  This is a great, short, low impact hike for kids, dogs and the elderly.

Charlie Major Nature Trail

Charlie Major Nature Trail

Ruins along the trail.

Ruins along the trail.

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Happy Valley Wildlife Management Area Monday, September 28th, 2009
Happy Valley - Access Road

Happy Valley - Access Road

Name: Happy Valley Wildlife Management Area
Fee: Free / Pets: Yes

GPS: N43 27.742 W75 57.910 – Park Entrance
GPS: N43 25.980 W75 57.815 – Long Pond

Trail: Ehling Trail
Length: 7.5 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Easy

Additional Links:
CNY Hiking.Com Trail Review
DEC – Happy Valley Map

This 8,645 acre area is a great general recreation area.  It’s open all year but camping is by permit only after September 1st.  It’s also rumored to be a hot spot for ghost sightings.  Several access roads allow travel by foot or 4×4 to various sections of the park.

Visits:
09-26-2009 (Advgirl & Chinook) – This was our first visit to the area.  This place is an excellent area to bring your Jeep.  The roads are dirt packed and a little bumpy and wet in areas.  However, if you have a decent 4×4, you can navigate easily around major sections of the park.  We scouted out a couple of camping sites and a couple of trails that we will return to do.  We saw a few campers and ATV riders.

Happy Valley - Beaver Dam Lake

Happy Valley - Long Pond Pano