Tifft Nature Preserve

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Tifft Nature Preserve
4.5
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Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Only three miles outside downtown Buffalo, this environmental education and conservation site bordering Lake Erie offers hiking trails, boardwalks and a cattail marsh that is great for bird-watching. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are popular in winter.
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Laurie P
Cortland, NY7,325 contributions
We stopped here on the way home from Buffalo for a hike. We walked a bit, and realized that it would be a more interesting walk for us near Lake Erie, so we walked across the street to Buffalo Harbor State Park.
There were a few people fishing on Lake Kristy, and it is a beautiful serene place. There are a number of trails, and I'm sure if we had more time we would have been able to enjoy the trails.
Written August 22, 2020
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kwnike13
Grand Island, NY482 contributions
This park is a gem right near the Outer Harbor in Buffalo. It has a few miles of many dirt/grass/unpaved walking trails through woods. It is easy hiking with good views of the outer harbor and old grain mill and Seneca One tower in the distance. You can easily socially distance here and enjoy nature and the outdoors. There is also a big pond for fishing in the park. There is an onsite parking lot as well.
Written September 11, 2020
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Dawn J
Mississauga, Canada59 contributions
Couples
We crossed the border to visit the Tifft Nature Reserve after I read reviews on here. We arrived at 7am, hoping to be the first ones there. Well, we were. It was a bit rainy and windy, and there was not a person to be seen. The parking lot was muddy and had lots of holes, but we are horse-riders and mud doesn't bother us in the least!

The trails were in lovely condition. Most are smooth gravel, and many are nice, soft grass. Immediately upon arriving at the main trail, we were greeted by 3 fawn bucking and running, seemingly oblivious to us. They ran right past a few times. We also saw a wild turkey and all of her little ones following close behind. We must have seen 30 deer while we were there, many of which we could get within a few feet! They were very curious. The boardwalks were amazing, and we saw Green Herons (MANY), Great Blue Herons, Great Egret, several Belted Kingfisher, many species of woodpeckers, and these funny frogs that seemed to "shout" when they jumped into the water. We were glad to have worn socks, hiking boots and jeans as the red ants were all along the boardwalks. Despite sitting on a bench and having them crawl on us, we were not bitten once.

The boardwalks are just gorgeous, and there are viewing blinds to look out over the ponds. We especially liked the marsh type area. Also, we didn't run into another person the entire time we were there, it was like we had the entire place to ourselves. I am hoping to go again when I upgrade my camera, to take photos of all the lovely birds and animals in better detail!

We highly recommend this Preserve!
Written August 31, 2014
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BuffaloGryde
Buffalo626 contributions
Friends
Located just outside of downtown Buffalo, this preserve has undergone may changes an upgrades over the decades. It once was an overnight dockage for lake freighters and barges. it also was a city landfill at one point but today, it's a wonderful piece of nature for all to enjoy year round. There is fishing in the front lake, birding throughout the preserve, nature walks, bird and waterfowl blinds, snow-shoeing, talks, movies and so much more. Tifft is home to whitetail deer, wild turkey and many ducks geese and birds. Talk about a city get-away . . . we have even seen a white deer at the preserve !
Written July 1, 2015
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Marc G
Kendall, NY137 contributions
Solo
I found out about this place as I was surfing through the TV channels. One of the news shows had it on. I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived there. I got there early (6:30 am ) on a Friday and had it pretty much to myself. It is very well maintained especially the numerous boardwalks over the marshy areas. I spotted quite a few different birds and also saw 12 deer at very close distances. If you move quietly along you will see a lot of birds and maybe some other animals. I greatly enjoyed my walk and spent about 4 hours there. The only drawback is the 1 1/2 hour drive it took me to get there but sometimes you have to travel to see new things. I would highly recommend this Center to anyone who enjoys nature and a good walk.
Written May 23, 2015
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smithnewland
Raleigh, NC57 contributions
Solo
If people were not allowed to walk their dogs here, this could be an excellent place for a walk within a half hour drive from the city center. Unfortunately, you have to spend too much time looking down so you don't step in something you'd rather not. I did encounter deer there, which was cool, but trails spotted with dog poo still made me glad to get back to the car and leave.
Written February 25, 2017
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Jody W
Buffalo, New York20 contributions
Family
I've been to Tifft many times and hiked the trails with my kids. This time I decided to book my son's 10th birthday party here...today in fact. I was so impressed with the staff and the event room...everything was fabulous. It was a rainy day, so we didn't get to do a bug scavenger hunt outside, but the staff were creative and had hunt inside instead, and then did a hike in the woods after...it was still rainy but much fun was had by all. I wouldn't hesitate to have a party here again. The event room is huge and is perfect for work functions,small wedding (overlooks the water) or other sort of get together. For the party the rate was $150 and that was for up to 15 children and 10 adults. This did not include food/beverages, you have to arrange pizza from the many to chose from pizza joints in the area. This is only 10 minutes from downtown Buffalo and a great way to spend the day....in the winter they also have snow shoeing and thought the course of the year have scheduled eventing hikes as well. I'm not much of a nature girl, but Tifft is great for the beginner or delve in further and discover what Tifft Nature Preserve has. Truly a gem in our own backyard.
Written September 12, 2015
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corrierecl
Hammond, IN16 contributions
Solo
If you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of Buffalo and just enjoy the sights and sounds of nature, you have to visit this place.
Just south of downtown but a great oasis still in the city limits.
Lots of wildlife, great place to visit with a friend or a family with little ones.
Highly encourage you check it out each season, as it is beautiful during all of them and you never see the same things twice.
Friendly staff and lots of great programs for all ages throughout the year too!
Great birding area, especially during migration seasons.
Written November 6, 2014
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Pat S
Auckland, New Zealand10 contributions
Business
Odd how all the glowing and great reviews are from residents of Buffalo. Anyone foolish enough to live there of course would find this dump a great place to visit. Look at all the heavy industry that has done nothing but ruin Lake Erie and the waterfront there for decades and you can begin to understand why you'd not visit here at all.

They've found rusting barrels of industrial waste and other debris in this landfill that someone decided to call a "Nature Preserve".

Avoid this place like the plague.

This is a fraud.
Written July 17, 2014
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sket101
lima994 contributions
When we went the weather had been warm and then cold so the trails were icy, muddy or fine. We saw a lot of birds and many bird watchers! It was a fun hour walking around the preserve.
Written March 7, 2021
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Tifft Nature Preserve is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Wed - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM