The rolling hills and shallow glacial valleys of Lime Hollow Nature Center support a wide diversity of flora and fauna. The 431-acre wildlife sanctuary has forests, meadows, ponds, streams, and peat bogs. It borders Cortland and Tompkins Counties near the town of Cortland.
The sanctuary has over 800 plant varieties and 200 bird species. Its diverse ecosystems are marsh ponds, and a peat moss area of dead vegetation in a wetland environment. They support a wide variety of plants and animals. Animal species include beavers, bobcats, chipmunk, Fisher, mink, muskrats, squirrel, weasel, and white tailed deer. Big brown bats may be seen departing an 1890’s barn for nighttime feeding during the summer.
Lime Hollow Nature Center has 12 miles of nature trails, a wildlife viewing stations plus winter 3 mile cross country skiing and snowshoeing course. Geocaches are planted at locations on and off the trails. Hiking trails are Lehigh Valley Trail, Kroot Art trail, Interpretive trail at Chicago Bog and a wheelchair accessible trail. A naturalist leads guided walks.
Summer programs are recreational and educational. The ‘Natures Keepers’ special program teaches 3-5 year olds the value of spending time benefitting from nature. The center also hosts OCM-BOCES science classes for 40 weeks of the year.
A new 1$ Million ‘green building’ visitor center has central exhibit space with modular educational displays, a bird education room, and gift shop. The nature center has special provisions for persons with disabilities.
A viewing platform overlooking Gracie Pond is accessible to everyone. A creek side bird sanctuary, and groomed ‘Trail For All’ provide trail access for people with disabilities. A trail ready wheelchair is available at the visitor’s center.
Early settlers retrieved agricultural lime from its calcium rich mudstone small ponds. Lime Hollow Nature Center reached its present size by property purchase in 1998 choosing its current name in 2002. The center focus is environmental and cultural educational programs.
338 McLean Road, Cortland, NY
Visitor Center Hours
Tuesday – Friday 9:00 to 5:00 PM
Saturday noon – 4:00 PM
Closed on major holidays
Grounds and trails open daily dawn to dusk
Cortland is a city of 19,204 population between Syracuse and Binghamton NY. Tioughnioga River flows south through the city. Interstate 81, US 11 and route 281 pass north/south through the city. The city was settled in 1791 and incorporated in 1900. It was home to the pioneer truck maker Brockway in 1875, purchased by Mack trucks in 1956.
Lime Hollow Nature Center Is a 2 hour drive of 100 miles from Rochester NY. Drive east on I-90 to Syracuse exiting to US 81 south then route 281 west on Davis Road then McLean Road following signs to Lime Hollow Nature Center.
Outdoor lovers in the Rochester area may be looking for new grounds to explore will find Lime Hollow Nature Center worth a visit this summer. And be sure to stop by Cortland’s A&W restaurant for their famous root beer and a burger.