Chautauqua County, in Western New York, is home to old growth forests, beautiful lakes, and enchanted footpaths. Lily Dale Assembly has all of this and more. The long-standing community of Lily Dale is dedicated to the understanding the science, philosophy, and religion of Spiritualism. Just past the Fox Cottage Mediation Garden, on the eastern edge of Lily Dale Assembly, is a woodland path known the Fairy Trail. Here you can enjoy a peak into the unseen world while walking through a beautiful woodland.
The trail winds through the woods, heading downhill towards a picturesque pond. Walking through the old forest, expect to see tiny figures peeking out from the leaves. All along the woodland footpath, you can see are fairies, angels, tiny houses, and a host of ornaments.
The Fairy Trail is a relatively recent phenomenon at Lily Dale. The Spiritualist community was founded in the 19th century and has a rich history. The woodland fairies and their angel friends that reside the woods east of Lily Dale gained notoriety in the 21st century as more and more figures appeared on the trail. The path can be enjoyed year round, though during the winter many of the magical figures may conceal themselves in the snow.
Lily Dale Fairy Trail
In this series, we explore different facets of Lily Dale Assembly and Spiritualism:
- How the World’s Largest Spiritualist Center Came to Be
- Home of America’s Oldest Pet Cemetery
- Spiritualist Practices in the 19th and 20th Centuries
- Walking the Fairy Trail
- 19th Century Reform and Revival in Western New York
- Architecture and Community-building
- Leolyn Woods and Being One with Nature