Malloryville countryside northeast of Freeville — with Bob B
Meet-up: Von Engeln Preserve on W Malloryville Road, west of Fall Creek Road
This walk takes us up an abandoned railroad right of way along upper Fall Creek — complete with two high picturesque wooden trestles — and then into a beautiful mix of woods and fields. Some of the land is privately owned, so we do the walk with a local guide, Bob B, Mr Malloryville Bog, who grew up close by and has lived in the neighborhood for many years. The area is geologically unusual for several reasons I can never retain — Bob will be happy to explain the significance to any new hikers. This is a very attractive walk with lots of variety. At one point, we have to cross a wide brook by inching along the top of a very high beaver dam — once the dam was overtopped by high water and we had to cross the stream by wading through ankle-deep water — some hikers balked and turned around — they managed to find an alternative route, but they lost contact with the main group for quite a while. This walk also gives us a chance to visit the highly distinctive Malloryville bog, a very odd and interesting place.
A short video on the Preserve:
Last edit 01-2023 JFR