Apalachin Marsh was saved from destruction by a group of local citizens who recognized the area's importance to wildlife. Eventually, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation formally recognized the site as a protected wetland area. The Marsh has been further recognized as one of the best birdwatching sites in New York State. Each year, countless hawks, herons, egrets, wood ducks, mallards, warblers, and other wildlife species visit the Marsh. Apalachin Marsh is owned by the New York State Department of Transportation. The Waterman Center has managed the property for the D.O.T. for more than ten years under a cooperative agreement. The agreement specifies that Waterman Center is to be responsible for maintaining the trails and visitor amenities on the property. Waterman naturalists also are asked to assist, and provide expertise, in wildlife management issues affecting the marsh.
Visitor Amenities at the Marsh
Interpretative signs placed along the trail inform visitors of the Marshland's diverse and vibrant wildlife, their habits and preservation efforts. Visitors to the Marsh will see many species of waterfowl, shorebirds and songbirds from the bird observation posts or they can just relax on one of the benches to enjoy the Marsh's abundant flora and fauna. An expanded trail system gives visitors access to a second pond area of the marsh as well as a chance to view an old canal bed located along the eastbound lanes of Route 17. The Apalachin Marsh is on Rte 434, .6 miles west of Hilton Rd.