Get outdoors this Spring

The flowers are starting to bloom and the birds to sing, it’s time to join them. Grab your walking shoes, clean the cobwebs off the bike and hit the trails and parks. Cayuga County offers an impressive quantity of places to get in touch with nature and pump fresh air into our lungs as we explore new spots. Here are enough to get you going, check them out, then send us suggestions of your favorite ones.

  1. Auburn- Fleming Trail- This trail is located between Rt 34 in Town of Fleming Top Hikes in the Finger Lakesand Dunning Ave in Auburn, NY, the trail is 1.6 miles long and is great for biking, hiking or dog walking.
  2. Bear Swamp State Forest- Bear Swamp State Forest is located off NY Rt. 41A near Sempronius, NY, it is 13 miles of multi-use trails for hiking, biking, snowshoeing and x-country skiing.
  3. Fillmore Glen State Park- This park is located on Rt. 38 one mile south of the Town of Moravia, this park is full of beautiful views and waterfalls. They have multiple trails that are good for hiking.
  4. Cato – Fair Haven Trail – A 14-mile, one-way multi-use trail from the Village of Fair Haven to Village Cato. You can get lunch on either end of the trail.
  5. Cayuga Community College Nature Trail- This trail is located on Franklin Street in Auburn. NY behind Cayuga Community College. A great short one-mile loop trail that is great for hiking, biking, and dog leash walking.
  6.  Erie Canal Recreational Trail- This trail is great for hikers, bikers, snowmobilers and x-country skiing. Part of the greater New York Canalway Trail system, you can access it in Weedsport at the Centerport Aqueducts and go to Port Byron at Schasel Park.
  7. Cayuga Village Recreational Trail- The trail starts in MacIntosh Park in the Village of Cayuga, it is 2.5 miles long with lakefront views, great for hiking.
  8. Emerson Park- The park is located on Rt 38A Auburn, it has 1 mile of lakefront and 2 miles of riverfront. Plenty of trails for walking and biking.
  9. Fair Haven Beach State Park- This park is located on Rt. 104A in Fair Haven, it is 823 acres in size, offering plenty of space for hiking, biking, snowmobiling, x-country skiing, and snowshoeing. There are a few hiking trails including the Lakeshore Trail which features a walk along the shoreline below towering bluffs.
  10. Hojack Trail- Built on remnants of the Hojack Railroad. Cayuga County maintains the 8.5-miles of trail, which intersects the Cato–Fair Haven Trail south of Fair Haven. The trail is used by snowmobiles in winter, equestrians, bicyclists, and hikers in the summer.
  11. Long Point State Park- Located on Lake Road in the Village of Aurora. A great location to enjoy 4.5 miles of hiking trails.
  12. Sterling Lakeshore Park & Nature Center-Located on Jenzvold Road off Rt. 104A, it is a1400-acre park with over 10 miles of hiking trails and 2 miles of Lake Ontario shoreline.