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Nelson Swamp Unique Area

Cazenovia, Madison County

Nelson Swamp woods in the left photo, Beaver in water in the right photo

Passing through Nelson Swamp Unique Area on U.S. Route 20, you look out at a low-lying landscape of wet meadows, deciduous woods and dark groves of cedar and pine. You also see meandering Chittenango Creek as it wends its way to Lake Ontario.

Wildlife to Watch

  • Red-shouldered hawks
  • Northern harriers
  • Eastern meadowlarks
  • Beaver
  • Spotted turtles
  • White-tailed deer

Where to Watch

  • Hiking trails
  • Interpretive trail

Accessible Features

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This site has some accessible features, including an interpretive trail. A full list of DEC's accessible recreation destinations is available on the DEC website.


914 acres

Closest Town



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Contact Information

Telephone: 607-674-4017

Website: Nelson Swamp Unique Area

Photo credit: Jim Clayton