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“Great resource minutes from town”

Tanglewood Nature Center & Museum
Ranked #6 of 21 things to do in Elmira
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Owner description: Nine miles of scenic trails in the Finger Lakes area that begin at the Nature Center allow you to experience the natural beauty of the Chemung Valley first-hand. We offer hiking year-round and winter activities including snowshoe rentals and GPS rentals. Our 12,000 square foot building features a museum with 43 species of live animals. Our trails are open 365 days/year dawn to dusk. Our museum is open Tuesday-Saturday from 9-5 (May-October) or 9-4 (November-April). Admission is free but donations are appreciated.
Reviewed September 22, 2012

Tanglewood has 2 main components - a great nature center with interpretive displays and some live animals (turtle alert), and an extensive network of trails. The center & main parking lot are in a hilltop clearing. Trails open all the time (dawn-dusk 365 days a year), no fee for the trails or center, and quite a range of terrain (forest, ridge, steep slope down toward the river). Check out the trail map online to get a better idea of what's on offer.

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Reviewed September 8, 2012

Host site for a trail run on Father's Day. Challenging elevation changes, but very scenic woodlands and an awe inspiring overlook of the Chemung River. Small but nice exhibit on the reptiles found in the nearby woods.

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Reviewed May 7, 2012

This is a very nice place, they even have a HUGE turtle named Bernice that they bring out in the law for the kids to watch up close as she eats grass. They have owls in an enclosure and really neat honey bee enclosure. There are trails of various lengths, and on the little kid trail there are story book pages posted to read a story about nature as you go. My family has a pleasant experience.

2  Thank Jessica D
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

Growing up in the area, I knew how beautiful the hills and rivers in this area could be, but, during a short visit in the area over 30 years later, my breath was taken away. We hiked two days in a row, enjoying the well-marked trails that provided a range of experiences; steep slopes viewing the winding river or flatter meadows full of wildlife. The museum was not open on the holiday weekend we hiked but were happy with their policy that trails are open 7 days a week, sunrise to sunset. The website is informative and friendly (http://www.tanglewoodnaturecenter.com/). The Twain Trail was breathtaking. Suggest you wear good walking shoes & bring water. Arrive early or twilight and be quiet. You may see the deer or turkey!

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Reviewed March 27, 2012

I'm not sure if these people who work here are volunteers, but they are very well informed and seem to only desire to educate and inform others. And the parrot in the office loves sunflower seeds and visitors. Definitely worth a visit with the whole family.

1  Thank JAGRGIRL
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