Monkey Run Directions

Trail surface materials:

Medium to hard

Handicap Accessibility:
The trail is not handicap accessible.

Monkey Run Preserve is a natural area owned by Cornell University, as well as part of the Cayuga Trail that runs through Ithaca and Dryden. It is will also be part of the Varna Trail/Fall Creek Trail, although this is still in the planning stage. The 500+ acres of the area have been in the University’s possession since the early 1900s.

The land is open to the public, although Cornell does ask that large groups call ahead in order to prevent congestion. Some of the activities one can enjoy at Monkey Run are hiking, skiing, birding and canoeing. Swimming in the creek, however, is strictly prohibited.

The area is rich in vegetation, from forested slopes to meadows to innumerable species of flowers. It is a wonder that the plant life is so abundant as large portions of the land were once used for logging�something hikers can note as they admire the hundreds of fallen trees that grace the land. The trail offers many breath-taking scenic views into nearby valleys and over the edge of Fall Creek.

To walk the abandoned portion of Monkey Run, follow the trail that is straight ahead of you when you enter the parking area. The Cayuga Trail will be on the left.

The Cayuga Trail itself starts on Stewart Avenue in Ithaca and ends east of Lower Creek Road at the Fall Creek Bridge on Route 13. It is marked with orange blazes.

There are many steep cliffs along the trail as it follows Fall Creek and younger visitors should not be allowed to explore on their own. In addition, all visitors should use GREAT CARE WHEN ROAMING THE AREA .


Contact Information: Nancy Ostman

Natural Areas Program Director
Cornell Plantations

1 Plantations Road
Ithaca, New York 14850-2765
Telephone: 607-255-9638
Fax: 607-255-4448

Monkey Run Preserve Pictures

Any problems with this website please call us at (607) 844-8888.
Dryden Town Hall has free information to pick up for many of the trails on this website.

Last Updated: August 20, 2008