Tied Up  LbNA # 15952 (ARCHIVED)

Placed DateJun 19 2005
LocationLittle York, NY
Found By hikingchicks714
Last Found Jun 22 2010
Hike Distance?

"Because with this group, everything's an effort!"

Terrain: Easy, even if you park at the entrance and walk the rest of the way
Difficulty: Pretty easy, we think


Dwyer Park on Little York Lake is one of our favorite family gathering places - nobody lives near it, but its centrally located for all of us. The park has a small wading pool for younger children, a nice playground, a ball field, lots of picnic tables, grills and shade, multiple access point to the lake, and convenient bathrooms. This box was carved and planted in honor of the Dads (and Uncles) in our family, and of all the hardworking, patient, dedicated, family-centered, all-around-great Dads everywhere!


Dwyer Park is on the shores of Little York Lake, just off NY 11 between Homer and Preble. You have probably driven over one arm of Little York Lake on I-81 between exits 12 and 13 many times, and never realized that the highway goes right over one arm of the lake between these exits.

On I-81 from the North, take Exit 13 (Preble, the exit after the Tully exit), and follow NY 281 south. Look for park sign on the left, a little over 2 miles beyond the center of Preble.

On I-81 from the South, from I-81, take Exit 12 (Homer), and continue on off-ramp to NY 281. Turn right (north) on 281. Continue on 281 to park entrance at sign on the right, 1/2 to 1.5 miles north of Little York, or 3-4 miles north of Homer.

As you enter the park, you travel through a parking lot with a large building on the right. Go across a bridge, see a playground on the left and a ball field on the right. Come to a multi-branching intersection, and turn right onto Dwyer Park Point PR. Go .2 miles (bear left at the "Y") and find "Mary's Way", a foot path to the left - Route 81 will be visible through the trees. If you've driven this far, park and follow the path on foot. A few stairs lead to a wooden foot bridge. Pace the foot bridge; the distance to the box is approximately 3 times the length of the foot bridge (examples: if you pace the bridge at 15 steps, the box will be about 45 paces beyond the bridge; if you pace the bridge at 11 steps, the box will be about 33 steps beyond). Count out the appropriate number of paces and find yourself in a big curve on the trail. Just off to your right see a 4-branching tree and check out the fork. Note: if you reach another foot bridge, you've gone too far.

Please email us if you’re one of the first finders or if there is a problem with the box: Debbie T., “Bumbler Bee” (formerly "the Bee") at DLT22@cornell.edu, Leslie, “Lily-o’-Vale” at LA4462@msn.com