hike #37

Lime Hollow Nature Preserve, McLean

Meet up:  Dirt parking lot on the east side of Gracie Road about 1/2 mile south of the intersection with Lime Hollow Road, or 1 1/2 miles north of Route 13.

Click here for the Google Maps page showing the location of the meet-up. It’s easy to drive right past the lot without recognizing it if there’s no one there — so Tiger and I will get there early — look for the cars — the lot’s slightly below the road grade.

Above is a trail map that clearly shows the parking spot – it’s off Gracie Road immediately south of the old Lehigh Valley railroad right of way, and a little southeast of Gracie Pond. The trail map’s also good for getting an introduction to the fairly elaborate trail system here.

This is a wonderful place to hike — with two drawbacks — dogs are officially banned (though in fact we always do see dogs here, under the radar), and it’s a longer drive from Ithaca than I like. So we only come here once a year, during hunting season. It has a great variety of attractions — large rolling fields, ponds, bogs and wetland areas, lovely pine woods, lively ups and downs, and a very nice visitors’ center with an eco-friendly toilet (not sure how it actually works). Definitely worth the trip once a year.