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Tanglewood Nature Center & Museum

443 Coleman Ave.

Elmira, NY 14903



Tanglewood Nature Center & Museum in Elmira, New York, USA. 


Tanglewood Nature Center & Musuem is located in a hilly section of Chemung County in the Town of Big Flats just west of the City of Elmira.


The nature center offers a wide variety of programs and activities, including guided and self-guided hikes, cross-county skiing and snowshoeing. The nature center offers animal exhibits, a 40-person meeting room, nature library, and gift shop. Dog are not allowed anywhere on the property.


The trails are well used and fairly well marked, but you should bring a copy of the map with you to make sure you don't get confused. There is no water along the way, so it would be wise to bring something to drink, especially on hot days. Most of the trails are well shaded with few bugs.


A 172-acre tract with 2 pondsThe Chemung River from the Frenchman's Bluff trail at Tanglewood Nature Center & Museum near Elmira, New York, USA. owned by Tanglewood, Gleason Meadows allows visitors to experience and enjoy native plants, insects, and birds in season. trail map


Owned by The Nature Conservancy, this 290-acre tract borders Gleason Meadows and is connected to it by a series of trails. It includes a variety of woodland habitats and a steep bluff overlooking the Chemung River. It is about 3 mi./4.8 km. to and from the bluff, which is at about 1575 ft./480 m. trail map


This 16-acre tract of mature evergreen plantation is leased from the Elmira Water Board. If offers an outdoor amphitheater, interpretive signs, a trail for the visually impaired, and an interpretative center.


A 50-acre tract of mixed woods leased from the Elmira Water Board and bisected by Hoffman Creek, Personius Woods is great for outdoor photography. Hiking trails allow visitors to enjoy everything the woods has to offer. trail map

BikingA family of Canada geese swim on one of three ponds at Tanglewood Nature Center & Museum near Elmira, New York, USA.

Biking is not allowed on the Tanglewood property. The roads in the area are paved but have no shoulders. They are very hilly. You need to be a good hill biker to manage them.


This area is well populated with all types of wildlife, including black bears. Chipmunks are particularly abundant in the woods and are easy to see. The woods are full of birds, but in the summer they can be high up and hard to see. There is a resident mockingbird near the building, who is very good at mimicking all kinds of birds.

Nearby Places of Interest

Harris Hill Amusement Park

Harris Hill Park

Harris Hill Soaring Center

National Soaring Museum


Updated 7 July 2010








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