Deer Lick Nature Sanctuary – 11/12/17

Our lucky 13 group enjoyed a beautiful crisp Fall day exploring this beautiful National Natural Landmark. This protected sanctuary prohibits hunting, so it was an ideal venue for this time of year.

Known for it’s Old Growth Trees, we savored many Giant Gems, including beech, black cherry, hemlock, tulip, maple, oak, yellow birch, and a rare American chestnut tree. In addition to impressive views of the South Branch of Cattaraugus Creek, the bare trees enabled a rare view of a pretty waterfall on the east bank.

After hiking along the main ridge trail we descended the Deer Lick ravine and viewed the top of icy Deer Lick Falls.

Overall it was a fabulous day with great people and a beautiful hiking area.

 

— Submitted by David and Janet Kowalski

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