West Hill Nature Preserve

Located at the southern edge of the Bristol Hills, the West Hill Preserve offers visitors an opportunity to view ecological succession in progress. More than 125 years ago, field cultivation was incrementally phased out on this property, allowing the abandoned fields to mature at their own pace. Today, visitors can ramble through many different stages of natural succession and imagine what West Hill will look like when the field and shrublands eventually return to Appalachian oak-hickory forest. The Finger Lakes Community College is an active partner to The Nature Conservancy in managing this preserve. Students in the College’s Natural Resources Conservation program maintain trails and more.