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The 27 acre South Meadow Nature Area borders the Village of Tully's Cummings Park off Grove Street. There is a stream that runs along the northern boundary of the property. Adjacent to the stream there is a shrub swamp with lots of dogwood and alder, pockets of emergent marsh and floodplain forest with maples and ash. Heading southeast, ascending up the hill, there is a scrub shrub/forest fringing open field areas that are moving toward old field succession with lots of asters, goldenrod and milkweed.

Trails were created that move from a floodplain forest/wetland to scrub shrub/forest to the open field areas. The open field paths provide panoramic views across the valley looking toward the surrounding hills to the north. The Tully Action Group adopted this property and maintain trails. They built boardwalks and puncheon along parts of the trail. Several Eagle Scout projects have added greatly to the established trails. There are surprising views including a nice view of Song Mountain.

The complete hike along the South Meadows Nature Trail is a 1.1 mile round trip with a 80 foot elevation gain.  This hike is easy and would be enjoyable for all family members.  There are three benches along the hike.  When you get to the trail "split", veer right to do the loop.

There are a couple of pictures, a topo map and a video below of this wonderful property.

To get to South Meadows from NY 80, turn south on US 11 at the traffic signal in the Village of Tully, proceed one block and turn left onto Onondaga Street; continue toward the end of Onondaga Street. Turn right onto Grove Street and over the railroad tracks. Park in the Cummings Park parking lot on your left. Walk up Grove Street over the stream and the trail head will be on your left.

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Trail at South Meadows

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View of Song Mountain from South Meadows

 

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