Rolling wooded hills, well-groomed trails, varied niches, and year-round educational and environmental programs make this small gem a must-visit for all members of the family; with the exception of the dog. Dogs are typically not allowed in refuges or nature centers and the same holds true here.
Short trails through an arboretum as well as wildflower and herb gardens near the John A. Weeks Interpretive Center are perfect for toddlers or those who just want a brief, easy stroll. The longer Valley, Boundary, and Field to Forest trails offer extended trips to expand the experience and are thoroughly enjoyable by hikers of all levels.
The network of trails can be explored in a variety of ways and take you through beaver wetlands, beside streams, bisecting fields, deep into the forest, and through many boundary zones where wildlife tends to congregate. Along the thoroughly marked six miles of trails are various memorial benches to sit and relax. Note that this park is best experienced as a slow stroll rather than as a strenuous hike.
Despite the small footprint, one visit will barely be enough to enjoy all this 182-acre nature center has to offer. Ongoing educational programs and summer camps offer more structured experiences, while the casual recurring visitor will be able to observe seasonal changes and the ever-broadening influence beavers are having on the park’s environs. The programs change with the seasons and include nighttime events and stargazing, so the experiences do not always end at sundown. Winter visitors can even rent snowshoes if needed.
Baltimore Woods is owned and managed by two non-profits: Baltimore Woods Nature Center and the Central New York Land Trust; and not by Onondaga County, a common misconception. It shines as an example of how conservation and stewardship organizations enhance and enrich our community. These organizations rely on active support and involvement by members to continue providing programs and encouraging conservation.