Monkey Run Natural Area, south side of Fall Creek, Varna
Meet-up: Dead end of Monkey Run Road, a little north of Route 366 in Varna
Click here to see the location of the meet-up
Click here to see the Google Maps page showing details of the entrance into Monkey Run Road off Route 366. Once you’ve turned in, drive north on Monkey Run Road to the dead end. You need to watch carefully for the road sign. Confusingly, the road on the other side of Route 366 is named “Turkey Hill Road.”
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The map sheet for this trail system is labeled ” The Cayuga Trail”
The trails we’re hiking in this area are part of The Cayuga Trail, initially built in the 1960s by the Cayuga Trails Club and maintained by that organization to the current day.
The entirety of the Cayuga Trail is over ten miles in length and extends from downtown Ithaca through the Cornell campus to the Town of Dryden, where it links with the Dryden Rail Trail.
This walk can’t match the other side of Fall Creek (Hike #5) for drama and excitement, but it’s a great one in its own way. There’s an extensive beautiful woods to cross – several big fields to cross — some amazing high bluffs with undercut trees leaning over the precipice and the creek far below – a number of stretches that hug the edge of the creek – some jungle-like flood-plain areas – pine woods – and several picturesque small beach spots good for standing around.
It’s an easy-to-moderate exertion hike.
This is one of our more reliable winter hikes due to the trail usually being clear of any significant snow accumulations. Some points along the hike route can be hazardous in winter months due to slippery trail conditions from heavy use, so reliable foot traction and poles are recommended for winter hikes.
Parking at the trailhead is limited; be prepared to park along the shoulder of Monkey Run Rd.
It’s possible to bail out of this hike early at several points along our normal hike route.
Last edit 07/2022 JFR