Thursday, July 4, 2019

Hiking Downybrook Nature Reserve



We first heard about the nature trail at the Downybrook Nature Reserve from the Thousand Islands Sun. We’ve been looking forward to visiting it ourselves ever since.  The Reserve is about a 20-minute drive south of Clayton and is located just outside of the town of Brownville at 24353 Perch Lake Road.  The property is owned and managed by the OBI Land Trust based in Chaumont, NY.  As described on their website the Downybrook Nature Reserve is a scenic, nationally-recognized wildlife sanctuary with walking trails, natural wetlands, ponds and woods.


It is recognized as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation, and is designated as an official Wildlife Refuge by the National Campers and Hikers Association.  The Reserve features a network of well-maintained nature trails that take the hiker past three ponds, several interpretive panels, and up to 3.5 miles of paths to explore.

Due to the unusually high water this year, the trail around the back pond was temporarily closed but we were still able to get a glimpse of it.  There are benches and boardwalks strategically placed throughout the property.  



We did the loop trail (minus the back pond) which allowed us to see just about everything this lovely place has to over.  The main trail circumferences a meadow filled with wildflowers and bird houses.
  

There is a section that goes through a piney forest area as well as paths through other wooded areas.  It was a delightful trail and we look forward to doing that last section in the future.
  

For more about the history of the trail and a trail map,

https://www.obilandtrust.org/downybrook-property.html


Visit Downybrook Nature Reserve:

Location: 24353 Perch Lake Road, Brownville, NY

Hours: Open Daily, Dawn to Dusk; No admission cost; Pet-Friendly

Park in the lot provided. Please keep dogs leashed and respect other guests. No motorized vehicles permitted.

For More Information: info@obilandtrust.org or 315-649-6045

To visit Downybrook go to Brownville, NY. When in the village and on New York State Route 12E, turn onto Washington Street at the light by the Legion. Continue until just after exiting the village. At that point, turn left onto Perch Lake Road. Go about .7 mile to the Downybrook parking lot on the left (24353 Perch Lake Road). Look for the large sign which is seen above.

Be sure to see...
Hiking the Thousand Islands...Introduction

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Abbé Picquet Trail

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Carnegie Bay Trail

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Cerow Recreation Park Trail

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Chaumont Barrens Preserve

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Chippewa Bay Preserve Trail

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Coyote Flats State Forest

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Downybrook Nature Reserve

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Foster Blake Woods Preserve

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Grand Lake Reserve

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Grass Point State Park

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Jacques Cartier State Park

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Keewaydin State Park

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Lonesome Bay State Forest

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Macsherry Trail

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Maple City Trail

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Morgan Island

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Morristown Red Barn Preserve

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Otter Creek

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Pulpit Rock State Forest

Hiking the Thousand Islands...
Red Lake Indian River Trail

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Redwood Hill Preserve

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Sissy Danforth Rivergate Trail

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Wellesley Island State Park

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Otter Creek Preserve Hiking - UPDATED

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Otter Creek Preserve near Alexandria Bay NY 6/29/2019 update. Click on link for great new photos and information:
http://singercastle.blogspot.com/2018/03/hiking-otter-creek.html

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Redwood Hill Preserve Hiking Trail UPDATED

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Notice: Hiking the Redwood Hill Preserve Trail in Redwood NY, blog updated 6/22/2019. Click on link for great new photos and information:
http://singercastle.blogspot.com/2018/05/hiking-redwood-hill-preserve.html

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Red Barn Preserve Trail hiking updated

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Notice: Hiking the Red Barn Preserve Trail in Morristown NY blog updated 6/15/2019. Click on link for great new photos and information:
http://singercastle.blogspot.com/2018/06/hiking-morristown-red-barn-preserve.html

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Hiking Red Lake Indian River Trail


Hiking the Red Lake Indian River Trail
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It has been a while since we posted a new Thousand Islands hiking trail.  We discovered it on the AllTrails.com website and realized it was one we had never heard of before.  From the website we learned it is only a few miles north of Theresa, NY and is not too far from several of the Indian River Conservancy Trails we had hiked.  It is a 2.2 mile loop and was named because the trail (which is really an unpaved access road) takes you from the boat launch parking spot on Indian River to the boat launch site for Red Lake.


One could actually drive from site to site but that would be cheating if you are looking for a lovely hike.  There is a trailmap  on the alltrails website but one doesn't really need map to walk there and back.  According to the DEC, Red Lake is part of the Indian River Lakes system whicn consisters of 18 natural lakes and is a medium depth lake that supports bass, pike, and walleye.  No wonder the parking lot was full.

We enjoyed both the river and the lake, and also the interesting trail in between them. The water levels were quite high on the day we were there so the first part of the walk was through a wetland area. When we neared the lake the road passed through a lovely forested area and we heard a loon crying in the distance.


At the Red Lake boat launch site we enjoyed a full concert of the local frogs.  The parking area was full and this is apparently a very popular spot for kayakers.

It was a lovely and peaceful walk in one of the many beautiful spots we have discovered in the Indian River Lakes area.


For a map visit the Alltrails website at https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/new-york/red-lake-and-indian-river

Be sure to see...
Hiking the Thousand Islands...Introduction

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Abbé Picquet Trail

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Carnegie Bay Trail

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Cerow Recreation Park Trail

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Chaumont Barrens Preserve

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Chippewa Bay Preserve Trail

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Coyote Flats State Forest

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Foster Blake Woods Preserve

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Grand Lake Reserve

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Grass Point State Park

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Jacques Cartier State Park

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Keewaydin State Park

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Lonesome Bay State Forest

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Macsherry Trail

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Maple City Trail

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Morgan Island

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Morristown Red Barn Preserve

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Otter Creek

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Pulpit Rock State Forest

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Red Lake Indian River Trail

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Redwood Hill Preserve

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Sissy Danforth Rivergate Trail

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Wellesley Island State Park