QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size: 372 acres
- Trail Mileage: ~4.4 miles in network
- Pets: no
- Difficulty: easy to moderate
- Sights: meadow, woods
I believe the Stanton Bird Club manages this protected 372-acre plot in the city. The preserve includes a wide meadow, which I’m sure is a great place to spot birds. To protect wildlife, dogs aren’t allowed, but there does seem to be some interesting human activities allowed, evidenced by a massive stone chimney (Anthony Fireplace) surrounded by stone benches. As for walking, there’s a ~4.4-mile network of trails, mostly wooded, with the exception of the trails by the meadow. There is a fairly good climb here — the sanctuary encompasses the highest point in the city. The loop I show on my map is roughly 2.7 miles.
Directions: The parking lot I used was at the end of a dead-end street, East Avenue. East Avenue intersects with Montello Road before it comes to an end, about 1/4-mile later. Thorncrag Sanctuary is on Google maps, too.