Freeville's newest municipal park is Station Park, a history-themed pocket park located at the intersection of Railroad Street and Factory Street. Completed in 2022 after several years of planning and development, the park commemorates Freeville's history as an important regional rail hub of the Lehigh Valley Railroad in the late 1800s and early 1900s, and includes nine interpretive panels examining the history of the Village of Freeville and its railroads.
The park has become a popular gathering place for Freeville residents and visitors. It also functions as a bus stop for the two TCAT lines that run through the Village and is situated on the Dryden Rail Trail.
Station Park was constructed by the Village of Freeville Department of Public Works, community volunteers, and various contractors.The project was financed by the Village of Freeville, private donations, and several grants administered by the Tompkins County Department of Planning and Sustainability, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, and the Rotary Club of Dryden.
The preserve is fifty-three acres of undeveloped land and has one mile of Fall Creek frontage. The parking lot is just on the north side of the village, on Rte. 38/Groton Road.
The Genung Nature Preserve is described on the Finger Lakes Land Trust website: “[The] trail starts [at the parking lot and] wanders through shrubby areas, a grove of musclewood (or ironwood) trees along the bank of Fall Creek, some of the wildest hawthorn trees you will ever see, then larger hardwood trees such as swamp white oak, red oak, sugar maple, basswood and shagbark hickory. Listen and watch for the many birds that find the place a great refuge, especially in the spring – Ovenbirds, Northern Waterthrushes, Chimney Swifts, Northern Rough-winged Swallows, Ruffed Grouse and even Pine Warblers, to name a few. If you’re lucky, you may spot a four-foot tall Great Blue Heron stalking fish and frogs in the creek.”
You can find the trail map and more information here.
A new hiking trail from just north of the bridge in the center of the village along the creek connecting with the loop trail was completed in the summer of 2017. It included 9 bridges and a up close view of beautiful fall creek.
A list of the Trust’s other preserves and protected sites is located here.