Fairchild Hill & Burlingame Area Trails
In 1984, the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation (CPF) bought, with the help of several adjacent landowners, the 21 acre Fairchild Hill property located off the southwest corner of Cazenovia Lake. Site of a private golf course from 1895-1925, Fairchild Hill is maintained today primarily as meadow, preserving its historical character while providing magnificent views of the Cazenovia Lake watershed.
Originally part of the Lorenzo Family Estate, Fairchild Hill was inherited by Helen Lincklaen Fairchild in 1894. Her husband, Charles, created the golf course. In 1985, the property was put up for sale and the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation, with help from private homeowners, purchased the property.
The railroad bed leading to the trailhead once served the Syracuse and Chenango Valley Railroad, ending in Earlville. A depot stood at the corner of Routes 20 and 92. Remnants of the original railroad turntable can be seen nearby.
From the top of Fairchild Hill, a link trail continues through private property to 216 contiguous acres of woodland known as the Burlingame Area Trails. These public trails are on land donated to CPF in 1993 and 2005 by Peggy Hubbard and an additional 56 acres on which a conservation easement was placed by the Knapp Family in 1994. Trails through this land are used by hikers and by winter cross country skiers and snowshoers. Limestone Creek Hunt and the Lorenzo Driving Competition use these trails for scheduled events. Local equestrians can receive trail use permits. Sherman’s Gulch, a steep gully in the western edge of this trail area, is the center of a 48 acre ‘forever wild’ piece received by CPF from The Nature Conservancy in 1991.
Directions to the Burlingame Trail: Take Rte 13 South from Cazenovia toward New Woodstock. Turn right onto Burlingame Road. The trail parking area is directly across from 3956 Burlingame Road.
Directions to Fairchild Hill: The parking area is located at the South end of Cazenovia Lake, behind the brown building along Route 20.
Please note that the Limestone Creek Hunt Club uses the Burlingame trails. For everyone’s safety, we ask visitors to leave their dogs at home on hunt days and to watch for equestrian traffic. View the Limestone Creek Hunt Times – Fall 2016