Trail Length: 1.75 miles
Trail surface materials: Dirt & boardwalks
Handicap Accessibility: The trail is not handicap accessible.
(Trail also known as the Malloryville Preserve at Malloryville Rd)
Directions and Trail Maps The O.D. von Engeln Preserve in Malloryville is a unique area both because of the different habitats that can be found there and for the rare species of plants that flourish there. It is a part of The Nature Conservancy , which was founded in 1951 to “preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.” The site is 309 acres, which includes a 76-acre conservation easement on private property.
The preserve’s namesake, O.D. von Engeln, was a professor of geology at Cornell University from 1907 to 1948. He obtained most of the original funding for the preserve, and it was his goal to have this land protected.
The diverse wetlands of the preserve include bogs, fens, wooded swamps, marshes and springs. There are also many eskers on the property, which are rare, ancient riverbeds that once ran through glaciers. These eskers were one of the main reasons Professor von Engeln was interested in the area. In addition, there are a few kettle depressions formed by isolated, melting glaciers and kames short mounds of sand and gravel that were deposited as glaciers melted.
Many animals have made homes in the preserve, including wild turkey, gray and red fox, and ruffed grouse. There have also been a handful of bobcat sightings. Like most nature preservations, there are a plethora of birds. Species such as the northern water thrush, cooper’s hawk, osprey, scarlet tanagers, and screech owls, along with some others, populate the preserve.
Plant-life flourishes there, allowing many species to grow that are not commonly seen in New York. Species include the pitcher plant, marsh marigolds, New England asters, arrow arum, trillium, and jack-in-the pulpits, amongst many others. Volunteers are trying to prevent the growth of invasive plant species such as swallowwort, honeysuckle, garlic mustard, and buckthorn.
The land is an excellent spot for hiking and bird watching, but these are the only activities permitted aside from fishing, which can be done in Fall Creek. Motor vehicles, horses, bicycles, hunting, trapping, camping and fires are not allowed.
There are two trails on the land; visitors are asked not to leave them in order to prevent any damage to the land. The Bog Loop Trail is 1.0-miles and will, as the name implies, take visitors around the bog. The Esker Trail is 0.75-miles and leads visitors over the main eskers on the property. There is a short boardwalk on the Esker Trail, and a slightly larger one on the Bog Loop Trail. The boardwalk on the Bog Loop Trail will take visitors out to the Florence G. Beck Bog Viewing Platform, which offers a breath-taking view of the land.
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Last Updated: August 20, 2008