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Pleasant Valley Preserve

Pleasant Valley Preserve is a mixed wetland and woodland preserve located in the Town of Onondaga.


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 to moderate.  Trails are well-groomed.  The white and orange trails are flat and easy to navigate.  The red and blue trails have inclines, but are well groomed.  Cross country skiing is permitted.  Click on the trail icon above for a map.


Pleasant Valley Preserve is 304.65 acres.


There is off street parking.  Please do not park on the road as the preserve is located on a blind bend. 


Getting Here

Pleasant Valley Preserve is located in the Town of Onondaga.

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Preserve History

Pleasant Valley Preserve was saved in 2019 when a group of local citizens and the CNY Land Trust raised the money to procure this unique property, which consists of wetlands, pond, meadows, and mixed woodlands.  Since its acquisition, we have obtained funding from the Onondaga Environmental Institute to install a bridge over the wetland to allow for safe aquatic animal passage and to reduce human impact on the fragile wetland ecosystem.  Since 2022 we have been returning the post conventionally farmed land to native wildflower meadows.  


Site Features

Pleasant Valley Preserve has something for every type of nature enthusiast.  It is a haven for birds with migratory species flocking to its secluded wetlands, backyard birds filling the native flower and grass meadows, and raptors taking advantage of its unique resources. 


Pleasant Valley Preserve has a plethora of fern and native woodland flora, which attract some unusual forest pollinators, and our open wildflower meadows are teeming with native pollinators.  

If you are interested in wetland mammals, our beaver and muskrat colonies are active and can be observed from the newly built bridge, along with transitory waterfowl and a multitude of amphibians.  

Enjoy the sounds of spring at Pleasant Valley Preserve.  Click the video to play and turn up the volume.

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