While Ithaca is located at the southern end of Cayuga Lake, there are some nice running options on the eastern side of the this 38-mile long lake. A few recommendations:
Lake Views & Vineyards Run. We’ve put together a 6.5 mile run featuring a section of Rt. 89 with water views, and some scenic running on quiet roads passing farms and vineyards. Start at Varick Winery on the lake, run south for 1 mile, then RIGHT on Emsberger Rd. for 1 mile. RIGHT on Kings Corners Rd., which is a lovely farm/vineyard road, and run for ~2 miles to Rt. 124/Townline Rd. Turn RIGHT, toward the lake, run for 1 mile, and then and complete the loop by going RIGHT on Rt. 89 along the lake for 1 mile. 6.7 miles, 228 ft. gain. ROUTE MAP
Route 414. Pleasant and relatively quiet farm and vineyard road extending south of Seneca Falls. Decent shoulder.
Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve. Located near the northern end of Cayuga Lake (and 3 miles north of Seneca Falls), this lovely area features 7 miles of trails through forested land, lush prairies and along ponds. It’s quite open. The most ‘runnable’ are the gravel trails also popular with cyclists: The Main Trail (2.4 miles) and the Blue Heron Loop (1 mile). TRAIL MAP