Ganargua Creek is excellent for canoeing, fishing and kayaking with trails in Ganargua Creek Meadow Preserve to explore. But extended paddling trips beware logjams may be experienced from fallen trees remaining from ice storms since 1991.
Ganargua Creek Meadow Preserve is a 56-acre parcel composed of hardwoods, shrubs and wildflowers neighboring Ganargua Creek. It is 3 miles southwest of downtown Macedon. A spacious meadow offers protection and food for birds and animals, also known as an excellent butterfly habitat.
The preserve has trails on each side of Ganargua Creek entered from three trailheads. The trails provide a peaceful hike on flat meadows after a steep descent. The preserve is often very wet in the spring, with poison ivy widespread all year long.
East side trails are a mere 0.8-mile with 2 loops winding along two meadows east of the creek. Parking is off Victor Road north of Bowerman Road near the Ganargua Creek Meadow Preserve sign.
The trail entrance off Wilkinson Road is at the end of Bunker Hill Drive. The west side trail off Bunker Hills Drive descends along a 1 mile forested trail around the meadow west of Ganargua Creek. The north end of this trail is off Wilkinson Road just before the T intersection with Victor Road.
Ganargua Creek is a tributary feeding into the Erie Canal and Clyde River of Wayne County. It flows about 34 miles beginning east of the village of Victor before empting into the canal. The significance of Ganargua Creek dates back to when Iroquois Indians used it as a prime stopover point on their trade routes. The name Ganargua can be translated as ‘where the village spring up’.
Bunker Hill Entrance
886 Bunker Hill Dr, Macedon, NY
727 Wilkinson Rd, Macedon, NY
Macedon is a town of 9,148 population named after the birthplace of Alexander the Great in Greece. The town lies on route 31 with the junction of route 31F, 4 miles south of the Eric Canal. It is between Rochester 20 miles west and Syracuse, 72 miles east.
Originally the Macedon area was home to the Seneca Nation a tribe member in the Iroquois League. Construction and completion of the Eric Canal from 1817-1825 brought an influx of settlers to the area with Macedon incorporation in 1823. It has a selection of shops and restaurants with Lowes and Wal-Mart superstores.
Ganargua Creek Meadow Preserve is a 30 minute drive of 20 miles from Rochester NY. The drive is easy, just drive route 31 into Macedon. Then drive south on route 306 turning east on Wilkinson Road to Ganargua Creek Meadow Preserve.
The Ganargua Creek Meadow Preserve holds great promise for hikers, or watercraft adventurers in the Rochester area. One trip and it won’t be your last.