Rochester, New York City Guide
Rochester, NY City Guide

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Iroquois Wildlife Refuge Walk

Swallow Hollow Trail

How To Get There

Before you go, find out if hunting is being permitted. Call the Regional Wildlife Manager at the NYS Dept. of Environmental Protection at 585-226-2466. You wouldn't want to hike in this area during hunting season. Even during the no hunting season, we heard gun shots everywhere. We have never seen any refuge personnel policing the refuges.

From Rochester, NY, take Interstate 490 west to Interstate 90, the New York State Thruway. Go west on Interstate 90 to the Pembrooke exit. You will see a huge Union 76 truck stop south of the Thruway. After exiting the Thruway, turn north on state route 77. The Union 76 truck stop is a good place to get gas and snacks. This may also be the last toilet facility you are likely to come across until you pass this way again. The rest rooms at the Iroquois Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center are only open when the Visitor Center is open.

Continuing north on route 77 you will pass through Indian Falls. The falls are just west of the bridge and worth seeing if you have time. Next, you will pass through the villages of Basom and Alabama. About a mile north of Alabama you will see a sign for the Iroquois Wildlife Refuge on the left.  That is Casey Road. Just a little further on there will be a road turning off the right, east, and a small sign pointing to the Oak Orchard Wildlife Refuge. Make a right turn at the sign onto Roberts Rd. Follow Roberts Road east until it ends at a fork. Take the left, north fork for about a mile on Knowlesville Road to Oak Orchard Creek.  About a quarter mile (guessed distance) on your left you will see a parking lot.  That is the starting point of your hike into the Swallow Hollow Marsh.  You can earn back some of your gas money collecting empty beer cans for their deposit value from the parking lot.  

Iroquois Wildlife Refuge Map

Views of the Swallow Hollow Marsh Trail.

  • Panorama image made from the elevated walkway through the marsh.  This image is almost 370K. 



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