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Friendship Woods

Friendship Woods is a woodland preserve located in Clay, NY.


Click on the map icon for an aerial view, then click on the address for directions from your location.

trail info

The trails are rated as easy as this preserve primarily consists of flat terrain.  Click the trail icon above to see a map of the preserve boundary.  The trailhead is easily seen from the end of Apricot Lane and well marked.


Friendship Woods is 13.46 acres.


There is no off street parking, but you can park on the road.  Please be courteous to homeowners and their driveway access.  The trailhead is located at the end of Apricot Lane, which is a dead end. 

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Getting Here

Friendship Woods is located just off of Oswego Road in the Town of Clay, and is situated in the middle of a residential neighborhood, affording neighbors and visitors a respite in nature. 

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Preserve History

Friendship Woods was originally donated to the Hiawatha Council of the Boy Scouts in 1971 by Fred Gardner specifically for recreational purposes.  After his death in 1976, the council decided to sell the property to developers, which went against the wishes of Mr. Gardner.  After much rancor in the community and strife with the scouts, the property was saved by The CNY Land Trust with a combination of their own funds and donations from the neighbors, keeping it forever wild for the future.  Over the years, Friendship Woods has proven to be an escape in a heavily developed area.  We believe Mr. Gardner would be pleased.

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Site Features

Friendship Woods is just under 13.5 acres, and surrounded by residential homes.  The woodland is densely treed with nice trails.  There are two streams and a small hill.  This preserve is a haven for birds, including barred owl (Strix varia), great horned owl (Bubo virginianus), and wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo).  

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