Apalachin Marsh was saved from destruction by a group of local citizens who recognized the area's importance to wildlife. Eventually, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation formally recognized the site as a protected wetland area. The Marsh has been further recognized as one of the best birdwatching sites in New York State. Each year, countless hawks, herons, egrets, wood ducks, mallards, warblers, and other wildlife species visit the Marsh. Apalachin Marsh is owned by the New York State Department of Transportation. Waterman Center has managed the property for the D.O.T. for more than ten years under a cooperative agreement. The agreement specifies that Waterman Center is to be responsible for maintaining the trails and visitor amenities on the property. Waterman naturalists also are asked to assist, and provide expertise, in wildlife management issues affecting the marsh.
Interpretative signs placed along the trail inform visitors of the Marshland's diverse and vibrant wildlife, their habits and preservation efforts. Visitors to the Marsh will see many species of waterfowl, shorebirds and songbirds from the bird observation posts or they can just relax on one of the benches to enjoy the Marsh's abundant flora and fauna. An expanded trail system gives visitors access to a second pond area of the marsh as well as a chance to view an old canal bed located along the east bound lanes of Route 17.
Click on the trail system map (above) to view the brochure for The Apalchin Marsh Trails, which includes a printable version of this map.
Apalachin Marsh is located between the east and west-bound lanes of Route 17. Access to the site is from Route 434, about one-half mile west of Hilton Road. Turn right and walk through the opening in the fence under Route 17.