Sterling Nature Center, Sterling

#16 of 22 in Wildlife in Finger Lakes
Must see · Wildlife Area · Hidden Gem · Educational Site
Sterling Nature Center is a 1,428-acre nature preserve located in the northeastern corner of Cayuga County in the town of Sterling. The center’s mission is to manage the areas natural resources and to promote an understanding and appreciation for the natural world.
The nature center is open every day from dawn to dusk and admission is free.
The center features approximately 10 miles of well-marked trails and two miles of Lake Ontario shoreline. During the winter season, the trails remain open to cross country skiing, snow shoeing, and hiking. There are designated trails for snowmobiling as well. Dogs are permitted on the grounds but must be kept on a leash, and animal waste must be removed. Swimming, hunting, and camping are prohibited within the nature center.
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  • Easy hike. Short Orange trail around the lake starts behind the Visitors Center. Respect the private property boundaries and enjoy the serene scenery of the pristine lake.  more »
  • Due to an impending storm we were only able to walk from the parking area to the lake and along the shore to the Bluffs. Lots of great driftwood and flat rocks on the beach. Numerous people were...  more »
  • Had a great hike there along the lake,nice center too .we came across an abandoned house on the cliff side .looked pretty dangerous.i think it is private but still overhangs the lake..creepy.but really enjoyed the nature center will be back soon.
  • A magical place with lots of wildlife. The Blue Heron Rookery is clearly the star of the show. Late spring is the perfect time to see the young Herons.

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