Location: Town of Macedon, Wayne County
Size: 56 acres
Description: This preserve is made up of an upland area of hardwoods, wildflowers and shrubs, the winding Ganargua Creek crossing a broad floodplain, and an open meadow where food and cover for birds and other animals is abundant. There is exceptional butterfly habitat in the meadow. Property can be very wet in the spring. Make sure to dress appropriately for run ins with poison ivy.
Trail Description: Trails on both east and west sides of Ganargua Creek, accessed from three trailheads. Both trail systems offer easy, level walking through meadows following a steep hill descent.
West Sides Trails: From the West Side trailhead off Bunker Hill Dr., follow a forested trail down a hill, to a circular trail around the meadow on the west side of Ganargua Creek (1-mile, total). For a level hike, begin at the Wilkinson Road parking area. A 0.3-mile spur takes you through Wayne ARC property, adjacent to Genesee Land Trust’s preserve. This trail joins with the West Side Trail loop.
East Side Trail: The East Side Trail takes you on a 0.8-mile walk with two loops that wind their way around two meadows along the east side of the creek.
History: Donated in 1996 to Genesee Land Trust for preservation in honor of Tim Johnson, by his mother, Cynthia Kesselring and his step-father, Leo Kesselring and partner, Frank Riedman. 56 acres of adjacent land along Ganargua Creek owned by Wayne ARC is managed by Genesee Land Trust in partnership with Macedon Trails. The trails group also assists with the trail maintenance on Ganargua Creek Meadow Preserve.
Driving Directions: From Rte 31 in Macedon, turn south on Rte 306 (Wayneport Road). Turn east onto Wilkinson Road.
Bunker Hill Entrance: At the crest of the hill turn south onto Bunker Hill Dr. Follow Bunker Hill Dr to the end and park in the gravel area adjacent to the water tower. The trail into the preserve starts at that point.
Creek-side Entrance: Continue east along Wilkinson Road to the parking area on the right, just before T intersection with Victor Road in Wayne County. An access trail starts near here, off Wilkinson Road
East Side Entrance: Park on the roadside on Victor Rd, north of Bowerman Rd., near the Ganargua Creek Preserve sign.
Google Map Links:
Bunker Hill Entrance: Click here for a map
Creek-side Entrance: Click here for a map
East Side Entrance: Click here for a map
Approximate Address of Parking:
Bunker Hill Entrance: 886 Bunker Hill Dr, Macedon, NY 14502
Creek-side Entrance: 727 Wilkinson Rd, Macedon, NY 14502
East Side Entrance: n/a
GPS coordinates: 43.0417,-77.348557
Photos by Nigel P. Kent and Genesee Land Trust staff