Finger Lakes Region, New York

Seneca Lake – Northern End (Geneva Area)

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Geneva is one of the major destinations of the Finger Lakes region, sitting at the northern end of Seneca Lake. Here are our top running recommendations for the area. We have a separate guide for the southern end of Seneca Lake.

Seneca Lake State Park. This is one of the best places for an off-road lake view run in the Finger Lakes. Easily accessible from Main St. in the center of Geneva and the lakefront hotels, a trail runs for 2.7 miles one-way with water views the whole way. Nice swimming beach in summer. MAP For a longer run, the Cayuga-Senca Canal Trail (below) is a perfect add-on!

Cayuga-Seneca Canal Trail. This flat, gravel trail follows the canal from the northeastern end of Seneca Lake to Waterloo. It’s 4.5 miles one-way, with plans to add more. Alternates between wooded and canal view sections. Do this run standalone, or it’s a perfect add-on to Seneca Lake State Park! ROUTE MAP

Sampson State Park. One of the best options for flat, off-road lakeshore running in the Finger Lakes. Comprising 2,000 acres, this park on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake has two trails: Lake Trail, is 3.5 miles one-way along the lake; and the 6.5 mile (return) History Trail, with marked sites along this former Naval Training base which was built in the 1940s.  TRAIL MAP

Keuka Lake Outlet Trail: At the midpoint of Seneca Lake, western side. A moderate trail run that goes up to 7 miles one-way between Keuka Lake (Penn Yan) and Seneca Lake (Dresden). Mainly wooded. Generally downhill from Penn Yan, or uphill from Dresden. Passes Seneca Mills Falls. Route Map.  Trail Info.