Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve � Trail
Location: Cheektowaga, Erie County
Directions: Take the NYS Thruway to exit 49. Head south on Route 78 then turn right (W) on Como Park Boulevard (or from Route 277 turn east on Como Park Boulevard). Turn south on Honorine Drive. Find the entrance and parking area in about 100 yards.
Admission: Free (guided walks only - see below)
Trail Length: 0.25 mile
Time To Hike: Approximately 30 minutes (or 60 minutes for the longer trail)
Trail Conditions: Good, sometimes wet
Trail Surface: Dirt
Trail Markings: Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve markers
Trail Difficulty: 1
Birds Likely Seen: Woodpeckers, nuthatches, chickadees, turkey vultures, shorebirds, hawks, herons, ducks and geese
Other Park Uses: None
Contact: NYS DEC Region 9 270 Michigan Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14203 (716) 851-7201
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve consists of approximately 300 acres of land surrounded by suburban development. The preserve is within the northern hardwood/beech-maple forest region, and includes mature forest, young forest, dense shrub thickets, and 19 ponds and marshes. Many species native to western New York, including the red-tailed hawk, pileated woodpecker, white-tailed deer, and great blue heron live within or visit the preserve and thrive under its protection. Native wildflowers, lichens, ferns, and fungi also abound in the preserve.
In the mid 1930s Dr. Victor Reinstein purchased the land as a private sanctuary. Between 1939 and 1960 ponds were created and 30,000 pine seedlings were planted. In 1986 the DEC assumed ownership of the preserve.
Today, the Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve is managed to protect, preserve, perpetuate and enhance the area�s natural resources, while offering environmental education opportunities. To fulfill these management objectives, DEC limits public access to guided nature walks only. DEC staff manage the reserve, oversee educational programs and arrange tours. Call DEC at (716) 851-7201 to verify current tour dates and times. When you visit the preserve, meet your guide at the preserve parking lot.