CPF trails draw more than 5,300 visits

— The Cazenovia Preservation Foundation owns and maintains approximately 12 miles of trails for year-round community use in the town and village of Cazenovia. In 2012, more than 5,300 visits were recorded at sign-in sheets at kiosks on three of CPF’s most popular trails.

This number represents a 24 percent increase in recorded trail use since 2011 and a 66 percent increase since 2010.

The trailhead kiosks also have displays with information on the history of that specific trail as well as some interesting nature facts pertinent to the trail. Trail visitors record their outing by placing a tic mark on a calendar updated each month at the trailhead kiosks. This trail use data helps CPF secure additional support through grants for trail maintenance, improvement and development. CPF has spent more than $40,000 on trail repairs since 2010.

CPF is a membership-supported local land trust whose mission is to protect the historic, agricultural and natural resources around Cazenovia. Its most-used trail is the Gorge Trail, a 2.2-mile segment of the abandoned Lehigh Valley Railroad bed stretching north from Clark Street in the village of Cazenovia to Bingley Road. This trail is also part of the Link Trail used by hikers from the Dakotas to the Adirondacks.

Other CPF trails include Fairchild Hill Trail, the Burlingame Road Trails, South Trail and, in the village, the Dike Path through the Willow Patch on Mill Street to Carpenter’s Pond.

Trail brochures, information and downloadable trails maps can be found on the CPF website, cazpreservation.org, as well as at trail kiosks.

Trail users can support CPF trails through participation in volunteer work parties in the summer or by acting as a trail steward who monitors trail conditions for a particular trail section. Financial contributions can be made through the organization’s secure website.

For more information, visit cazpreservation.org.

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