- Genung Nature Preserve
- Groton Avenue Park
- Mill Dam Park
- Rail Trail
The preserve is fifty-three acres of undeveloped land and has one mile of Fall Creek frontage. The parking lot is just on the north side of the village, on Rte. 38/Groton Road.
The Genung Nature Preserve is described on the Finger Lakes Land Trust website: “[The] trail starts [at the parking lot and] wanders through shrubby areas, a grove of musclewood (or ironwood) trees along the bank of Fall Creek, some of the wildest hawthorn trees you will ever see, then larger hardwood trees such as swamp white oak, red oak, sugar maple, basswood and shagbark hickory. Listen and watch for the many birds that find the place a great refuge, especially in the spring – Ovenbirds, Northern Waterthrushes, Chimney Swifts, Northern Rough-winged Swallows, Ruffed Grouse and even Pine Warblers, to name a few. If you’re lucky, you may spot a four-foot tall Great Blue Heron stalking fish and frogs in the creek.”
You can find the trail map and more information here.
A new hiking trail from just north of the bridge in the center of the village is currently being created.
A list of the Trust’s other preserves and protected sites is located here.
- Years ago, residents planted truck gardens here and sold (“trucked”) the produce to grocery stores in the area. Today the spot has two baseball diamonds, play structures, and sheltered picnic tables. In the summer of 2016, a portion of the grounds was fenced off for garden plots; individuals interested in having a plot should contact the Village Hall.
- Halfway down Mill Street and affording a beautiful view of Fall Creek, this park is the site of an old mill where a nationally famous brand of flour was produced. The park was created in 1948 for Freeville’s sesquicentennial. It has swings and benches. The dam is still functional, although it is deteriorating. Swimming is not permitted.
- While not officially a park the village owned land between Union St. and Tanbark Circle is a popular walking trail. The old railway bed takes you by beautiful wetlands full of a variety of wildlife.