Lillibridge Tract at Pfeiffer Nature Center

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Pfeiffer Nature Center's Lillibridge Tract is loaded with trails!

Wendy’s Trail

Taking you from the kiosk to deep in the woods, Wendy’s Trail is a relatively flat & easy walk with lots to see. Easy walk - one way 0.2 mi

Question Mark Trail

With several switchbacks, this wooded trail offers a less strenuous climb to the top of the mountain & plenty of beauty of its own. Moderate climb - one way 0.37 mi

White Oak

Our longest trail, you’ll experience our eastern boundary from an amazing valley overlook to deep in the forest. Moderate grade - one way 0.59 mi

Tiger’s Tail

A lovely little spur, this path provides another view of the forest. Slight grade - one way 0.1 mi

Tap Line

Gain great heights as you climb this hill through the woods. Difficult climb - one way 0.28 mi

Sally’s Alley

This forested path is short & sweet. Slight grade - one way 0.06 mi


An interesting look at different forest types, be sure to look up at the canopy & down at the forest floor as you travel. Moderate climb - one way 0.32 mi

Holcomb Over

Enjoy this forested path that will take you to the top. Moderate to difficult climb - one way 0.21 mi


with much of its length running along the edge of the meadow, you'll get some great long-distance views on this trail. Slight grade - one way 0.28 mi


A forested shortcut, it’s a great way down to the field. Moderate to difficult climb—one way 0.11 mi


This path starts at our beautiful timber frame pavilion in the meadow & takes your deep into the woods – the best of both worlds. Easy walk – one way 0.43 mi

Merrick’s Run

You’ll get a workout on this hilly trail, but it will all be worth it. Moderate to difficult climb – one way 0.25 mi

Hogs Back

Our eastern-most rail provides a lovely wooded walk. Stroll beneath our largest grouping of stately red & white oaks we estimate to be 150 yrs. Old & more. Slight grade – one way 0.16 mi


Go from our small pond to the woods and you’ll pass by a few mediumsized (approx. 60 yrs. Old) American Chestnuts that have since succumbed to the blight. Saplings continue to sprout from their roots. Slight grade – one way 0.13 mi

Thorton Thruway

Wend your way along the southern border of our property, seeing one of the oldest Black Gum trees in the east – more than 500 yrs. old. Moderate climb – one way 0.44 mi

Warner’s Way

with some fragile wet spots, you’ll get a view of a different forest ecosystem on this trail. Slight grade – one way 0.12 mi

Griffin’s Way

You’ll see lots of sights along this easy wooded trail, including the remnants of an ancient hemlock beloved by our found, Wendy Pfeiffer Lawrence. Easy walk - One way 0.18 mi

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The Lillibridge Tract at Pfeiffer Nature Center is great for the following activities:

Top 10 site for Steelhead Fishing

Cattaraugus Creek has been listed in the top 10 sites for Steelhead Fishing (rainbow trout fishing) by 2 outdoor magazines. Steelhead Trout AKA Rainbow trout are very similar to Salmon in both taste and habits. Unlike other areas of the United States, our native Rainbow trout (Steelhead Trout) spend a majority of time in Lake Erie a freshwater lake and spawn in the Cattaraugus Creek and other tributaries.

The following is from the New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation's article "Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries"

Lake Erie's tributary streams, both big and small, receive an annual run of migratory rainbow trout called "steelhead." From October through April, thousands of steelhead ascend New York's Lake Erie tributaries on their mission to spawn. Excellent fishing opportunities await any angler who wishes to try their hand at steelhead fishing. Between the acrobatic leaps, long drag-screaming runs and rod quaking head shakes, the fight of an early run steelhead is a truly exhilarating experience.

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