Nature Preserves

Owning land allows the Genesee Valley Conservancy to protect important habitats and ecosystems while providing areas for public recreation and enjoyment.

With more than 130 acres of publicly accessible land in three locations, the Genesee Valley Conservancy’s nature preserves provide groups and individuals the opportunity to explore the area’s unique features and strengthen their connections to the land with feet-on-the-ground experiences.

View an interactive map of all Genesee Valley Conservancy Projects


Indian Fort Nature Preserve

This 60 acre forest set adjacent to the Genesee River has a rich habitat and even richer history. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, this unique property earned the nickname “Indian Fort” as it was once home to two wooden fence structures, or palisades, built by the Iroquois. Explore more...

John W. Chanler Island Preserve

This 40 acre nature preserve consists of an 'island' of forest surrounded by grassland fields. Previously under agricultural use, the property now hosts native grasses that serve as a habitat for birds and other wildlife surrounding the 3.5 acre woodlot. Explore more...

Railroad Bed Trail

This multi-use trail, ideal for equestrians, hikers, and snowshoers in the winter months, is approximately three miles in length. The trail passes through forests and reveals outstanding views across the farmland of the Genesee Valley. Explore more...