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Friendship Woods Nature Preserve is bordered by busy County Route 57 on the west and the backyards of homes on the other three sides in the Bayberry Community. Those homes front on Woodside Lane, Sotherden Drive and Willowbrook Drive. The property was purchased in 1988 from the Boy Scouts of America through funds raised by CNY Land Trust and the surrounding neighbors. This preserve is 13 acres of a natural upland area full of trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants and ferns with unmarked trails.

When we visited and explored this area in the spring of 2008, we are sorry to say that we were disappointed.  This area has so much potential and with the many people that live in the Bayberry Community, there is no reason why its potential can't be reached.  If more people realized this preserve was in their backyard, maybe we'll see better trails that are easy to follow with a bridge or two over the stream that graces the property.  This would be a wonderful loop hike if there was a easy trail to follow and not so many brambles.

Access is through the dead end of Apricot Lane and requires a small jump (that can be a leap) over a stream that varies in width with the amount of flow.

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