DR. VICTOR REINSTEIN WOODS
Dr, Victor Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve is located on 77 Honorine Drive in Depew NY, backing up to Stiglmeier Park.
It has nearly 300 acres of woods, ponds (NO FISHING) and wetlands. I believe the forest contains the oldest trees in Western New York. The park is open only limited hours, so call ahead before you get there. 716-683-5959
Here is information from their brochure:
On a guided tour of Reinstein Woods, you may see a red-tailed hawk soaring overhead, or hear a pileated woodpecker pecking on a tree in the old-growth forest. If you are quiet, you may spot a great blue heron standing silently in a marsh or pond. You will also learn how the history of Reinstein Woods is closely tied to the history of Cheektowaga and Western New York.
In the spring, “The Woods” are noisy with the sounds of Canada geese honking upon their return north and spring peepers singing. Many visitors return every summer to enjoy the pink fragrant water lily flowers covering the Lily Pond.
The bright colored leaves of old-growth sugar maple and beech trees light up the woods in fall. You may even encounter a graceful white-tailed deer crossing the trail.
Winter is the perfect time to observe deer, fox, or turkey tracks while out on a guided cross-country skiing tour. Or you can try out a pair of our snowshoes during a guided snowshoe walk!
Reinstein Woods is an ideal outdoor classroom for students of all ages, offering the opportunity for hands-on learning in a variety of habitats. DEC offers education lessons on topics such as pond life and animal signs to help students learn how to observe and appreciate nature. “
From NYS Thruway (I90), take exit 52A (William st.). Travel east on William st. to Union rd. (rt 277). Turn left on Union rd. Turn right on Como Park blvd. Turn right on Honorine Dr. The Preserve entrence is located on the left side 100 yards down Honorine Drive.