The Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary is a 166-acre preserve featuring a mature deciduous forest, evergreen stands, an old field, and two ponds. Over 2 1/2 miles of maintained and well marked trails are open for public use year-round, 7 days a week.
The initial 120 acres was donated for the preservation of wildlife by Clayton Swink, and an additional 46 acres was purchased in 2004. It is now managed by the Monroe County Conservation District and provides a fantastic arena for outdoor programs.
The trails are always open at Kettle Creek. The building is open during business hours, where you can check out our Critter Room, filled with mounted animals and learning opportunities, art gallery which boasts local nature artwork, and our gift shop, with books and trail guides galore.
We also offer programs throughout the year which are open to the public for a small fee. There is a family-oriented program most every Saturday. In the winter, we offer a maple sugaring program at our Meesing Nature Site where you can learn about the process of making maple syrup. Fresh maple syrup is made each year from our very own sugarbush in Marshall's Creek. Kettle Creek EE Center also runs guided walks through the Tannersville Cranberry Bog generally in May through November.
The trails are open year round, from dawn to dusk.
The Black Bear Trail is wheelchair accessible that passes many reminders of the Swink Farm on its way to the Swink Pond. This flat, paved path is less than 1/4 mile long, but can be enjoyed by all. The education center is also handicapped-accessible.
Pet Friendly Notes
The trails are not pet friendly.