Central & Western: Thousand Acre Swamp
The Thousand Acre Swamp preserve is located in the Town of Penfield, just outside of Rochester. An extensive boardwalk and trail system winds through the preserve, allowing visitors to observe a unique variety of plants and wildlife.
Marsh marigolds are a common sight at Thousand Acre Swamp. They grow in wet, boggy places, such as marshes, fens, ditches and wet woods.
Thousand Acre Swamp boasts a remarkable variety of animal wildlife, including some rare or unusual species and many kinds of insects.
As you walk the trails, look for red and white trillium (above), jack-in-the-pulpits, trout lilies, marsh marigolds, blue cohosh, witchhazel and cattails.
Thousand Acre Swamp also features a number of large silver maple and ash trees.
Ten trails on the property show you a world of wildflowers, animals, birds, and other natural wonders. The preserve features unique habitats ranging from marshy lowlands to forested upland tracts.
The swamp is one of Monroe County's largest wetland systems, and plays a particularly vital environmental role in the County due to its location and immense biological diversity.