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Esker Brook
Nature Trails

 

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Esker Brook Nature Trails are made up of five separate trails in Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge.  The Ridge Trail begins at the main trailhead off East Tyre Road, crosses Esker Brook on a footbridge and runs 0.5 mile.  The South Spring Pool Trail is the newest trail and runs 0.8 mile from the Ridge Trail to a small trailhead located off NY 89.  The Brook Trail also begins at the main trailhead off East Tyre Road, crosses Esker Brook on a footbridge twice and runs 0.5 mile.  The Pond Trail runs 0.3 mile and travels next to a couple of man made ponds.  The Orchard Trail runs 0.5 mile and is reached via the Brook Trail.

You may see or hear songbirds, woodpeckers, great blue heron, ducks, geese, white-tailed deer or small mammals during your visit. On the day we visited the trails we were lucky enough to see a couple of turtles (although they were too fast to capture on film!!).  The trails are very easy and look to be well maintained.  A great place to bring the family.  Due to the area, I would recommend bug spray.  These trails are open from January to mid October and are closed for big game hunting.  A trail guide is available at the Visitor Center desk.  There are also sixteen Interpretive Signs along the trails. 

 

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