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Bigsby Drumlin

Bigsby Drumlin is a mixed habitat preserve located in the Town of Onondaga.


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trail info

The trails are rated as moderate as this preserve primarily consists of steeper slopes.  It is a pleasant walk to the top of the drumlin.


Bigsby Drumlin is 19 acres.


Off street parking is available at The King's Healing Room on Fay Road where our visitors have been granted permission to use their parking lot.  The trail head is located just behind the parking lot.

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Getting Here

Bigsby Drumlin is located on Fay Road in the Town of Onondaga, minutes from Onondaga Community College.

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Preserve History

Bigsby Drumlin was donated to The CNY Land Trust (known then as Save the County) in 1986 by Mary Ormsby Bigsby on her 100th birthday in memory of her son, Gerald William who, from 1964 through 1976, planted and cared for over 12,000 evergreens and different species on this cherished site.

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Site Features

Bigsby Drumlin has mixed evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs.  The top of the drumlin used to have a panoramic view of Syracuse, but nature has replenished the hilltop with trees, and the view is no longer there.  It is a fun, albeit short, hike and a welcome escape from the city.

In the summer of 2023, the Onondaga Earth Corps had a day-long training session with us at Bigsby Drumlin to learn about steep slope trail maintenance.  When you visit this preserve, we hope you will enjoy their meticulous trail work!  

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