Spencer Crest Nature Center

Posted on Jan 20, 2009 in Parks and Rec

Spencer Crest Nature Center (2424 Spencer Hill Rd, Corning, NY?) is a place for hiking, cross country skiing, and dog walking. It has beautiful scenery to discover. As the Spencer Crest website says, “The Center features 250 acres and 7 miles of trails with two ponds, a stream, and a museum of natural systems…” It is located near Corning Community College.

My girlfriend and I love visiting Spencer Crest. Our dog Shayla loves it even more! When we were living in another city, there were several dog parks. When we moved here it was important for us to find a place for Shayla to run outside. The changing terrain and scenery make a great place for all of us to get some exercise. I would love to see a fenced-in off-leash dog park here. Dogs love being social, and this would be a great place for them to meet new friends.

Easy hikes wind along mowed paths and raised platforms. More adventurous hikers will find sloping trails through the woods. Exploring is what it’s all about here. Directional Signs and tail maps are posted throughout the area. You’ll also find information posts on a particular flower or tree.

I began visiting Spencer Crest in the late fall / early winter, so I haven’t been able to see everything in full bloom. However the winter season is beautiful, fun, and provides pretty good exercise. The ponds are frozen over and the trees droop with snow. I recommend visiting right before sunset. The lighting really brings out some great colors if your a photographer.

You can also find some pretty cool events at Spencer Crest. On February 28th Spencer Crest is holding it’s annual auction at the Corning Museum of Glass with special guest Thurman Thomas (former star running back for the Buffalo Bills. More info here).

To view a slide show of Spencer Crest, click here.

Myles Lasco

Myles Lasco

Former Website Director and Head Writer at Tacomatose.com
Myles started UrbanCorning.com and Facebook.com/UrbanCorning in 2008, and ran it until May of 2014. Myles moved to Tacoma, WA and his new website can be found at: www.tacomatose.com.
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  1. Anonymous
    January 21, 2009

    If you’re looking for a place to at least have your dog socialize with other dogs, I highly recommend Happy Tails in East Corning. They have day care and also have Saturday play groups that you can be involved in. In my opinion, the prices are quite reasonable.

    The owner, Elaine Walker, is fabulous and my 4 dogs love it there. I just boarded them for the first time ever a few weeks ago, and it was a vacation for them. They were so tired they came home and crashed.

    I also take them there for day care about once a week. It wears them out and I love how my little dogs can hang out with the bigger dogs with no issues at all.

    Definitely check it out!

  2. Myles
    January 22, 2009

    I actually do go to Happy Tails. I’ll be writing a blog about them soon.

  3. Spencer Crest
    June 14, 2010

    If you have a dog who loves the outdoors, Spencer Crest Nature Center is a great place for you!

    Dog Days is this Sat (June 19) from 9am to noon. Dog portraits, clay paw prints, activities for children and info on pet adoption from the SPCA.


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