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Nichols Pond

 

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Nichols Pond County Park has 45 acres of woodland, wetland and open fields for exploration.  It is the historical site of an Oneida Indian Village plus the recognized site of the 1615 Oneida-Champlain Battleground.

There are numerous picnic tables, grills and a couple of pavilions.  There are nature trails and an observation deck overlooking the wetland habitat.  The trails are not very long or difficult, but are a pleasant walk.  One short walk leads to "Indian Springs", an overlook to an actual spring.

A quiet place to visit in the country is Nichols Pond County Park.  We have included below a video and a map of the trails.  A couple of notes on the "woods trail": one, the trail veers left at the first trail junction (going right leads to Nichols Pond Road and Indian Springs).  Two, there are numerous side trails in the woods.  The "loop" turn (if doing loop clockwise) is left through the pine trees.  It can get confusing at times in the woods, as the trail is minimally marked.  It is still a pleasant walk in the woods.

Directions:

From Canastota, Take Oxbow Road then a right on Alene Corners Road.  Left on Nichols Pond Road to the park.

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Boardwalk leading to an overlook

 

Trail Map of Nichols Pond County Park

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