Recreation & Entertainment
The Dryden Hills traverse the southern part of the town. Here you will find Dryden Lake, with a town park providing access to the water, and Yellow Barn and Hammond Hill state forests, which have trails for hiking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and biking.
Largemouth bass are the main gamefish in Dryden Lake. Brown bullhead, black crappie, yellow perch, common carp and bluegill can also be found in the lake. Only electric motors only are allowed on the lake.
Yellow Barn and Hammond Hill welcome hikers, hunters, cross country skiers, mountain bikers, and horseback riding.
The Roy H. Park Preserve on Irish Settlement Road is owned by the Finger Lakes Land Trust. It is located near the headwaters of Six-Mile Creek, between the state forest and near a large natural area owned by Cornell University. The preserve is part of the Land Trust’s initiative to create a continuous crescent of 50,000 acres of protected lands around Ithaca.
Montgomery Park is located on Elm Street in Dryden Village. It offers ice skating/hockey in the winter on a fenced in court and has a playground, slide, and swing set. There is an open pavilion with picnic tables. The fenced in court has a small skate ramp and basketball hoops. A baseball diamond is also available at the park.