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Best Day Hikes Near Syracuse, NY

Onondaga Creek Walk

Syracuse, NY

★★★★★ (4.3/5 Stars)

The Onondaga Creekwalk is a 4.8 mile long trail along Onondaga Creek, starting from Onondaga Lake, along the Inner Harbor, into the City of Syracuse, through the historic Armory Square district, and ending in Kirk Park in Syracuse's Southside. Notable attractions along the way include Destiny USA - New York State's largest mall, Franklin Square - a beautiful, historic neighborhood in downtown Syracuse, Armory Square - a vibrant district in downtown Syracuse filled with bars and restaurants, and passing along many other breweries, bars, and restaurants.

Clark Reservation State Park

6105 E Seneca Turnpike, Jamesville, NY 13078

★★★★★ (4.8/5 Stars)

Featuring a trail that circles a glacial lake left over from the ice-age, Clark Reservation is the ideal place to take a day hike with friends, family, or even your dogs! With over 5 trails, fishing, birdwatching, and 2 pavilions available to rent, there's a lot to do just a short drive 5.7 mile drive from Syracuse.

Onondaga Lake Park

106 Lake Dr, Syracuse, NY 13088

★★★★★ (4.6/5 Stars)

Onondaga Lake Park has many attractions (most are dog-friendly) within it, along the North side of the lake, including over 3 miles of trails from Wegman's Landing to Willow Bay.

Loop the Lake Trail - Onondaga Lake

Onondaga Lake

The "Loop the Lake Trail" is a series of trails around Onondaga Lake. Currently spanning over 8 miles from Onondaga Lake Park in Liverpool, to Willow Bay and Long Branch Park, through Lakeland on the West Shore, past the Lakeview Amphitheatre, to the Inner Harbor near the Onondaga Creek Walk. Proposed additions are being worked on to connect the two ends along Onondaga Lake Parkway which would complete the trail a completely surround Onondaga Lake.

Green Lakes State Park

7900 Green Lakes Rd, Fayetteville, NY 13066

★★★★★ (4.7/5 Stars)

Featuring two unusual lakes, Green Lake and Round Lake, that were likely formed as plunge pools from enormous waterfalls of glacial melting during the last ice-age. The lakes have a unique blueish-green color to them, and are meromictic, meaning they have layers of water that do not mix. The park has over 15 miles of dog-friendly hiking trails, an 18 hole golf course, a beach, and several pavilions available to rent.

Erie Canal Park (West)

5750 Devoe Rd, Camillus, NY 13031

★★★★★ (4.7/5 Stars)

Completed in 1825, the Erie Canal was a 363 mile long waterway that connected Lake Erie to the Hudson River. Running right through Syracuse, NY, remnants of the canal and trails along it are still in tact. These trails are ideal for short and long hikes with family, friends, and even dogs.

Erie Canal Park (East)

5629 - 5657 Butternut Dr, East Syracuse, NY 13057

★★★★★ (4.7/5 Stars)

"I've got a mule and her name is Sal, Fifteen years on the Erie Canal. She's a good old worker and a good old pal, Fifteen years on the Erie Canal." - Low Bridge, Everybody Down by Thomas S. Allen

Baltimore Woods

4007 Bishop Hill Rd, Marcellus, NY 13108

★★★★★ (4.9/5 Stars)

Aside from the Interpretive Center and many programs and events, Baltimore Woods Nature Center features over 6 miles of hiking across 9 different trails. While this is a great place to hike with family and friends, dogs are not permitted.

Beaver Lake County Park

8477 E Mud Lake Rd, Baldwinsville, NY 13027

★★★★★ (4.8/5 Stars)

Featuring over 9 miles of year-round hiking trails, Beaver Lake is a great place to observe and appreciate nature. Just a 15 minute drive from Syracuse, this is a great place to hike, however dogs and bicycles are not allowed.

Highland Forest County Park

1254 Highland Park Rd, Fabius, NY 13063

★★★★★ (4.7/5 Stars)

Sometimes called the "Adirondacks of Central New York," Highland Forest offers over 20 miles of hiking, XC skiing, horseback riding, camping, snowshoeing, and mountain biking trails year-round! The forest terrain covers an area of over 6 square miles of beautiful nature. Dogs are definitely welcome!

Posted on August 2, 2021

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