Downtown Ithaca is synonymous with the Cornell University Campus. In fact, ‘Collegetown’ is a part of central Ithaca. There’s some wonderful running here.
Cornell Campus. This is one of the prettiest university campus runs in the world. You can create your own route, but we’ve mapped a 10k outline run to be helpful. Start at the Uris Library, and run east through the central campus, passing the Olin Library, Hortorium Museum, and then to the Botanic Gardens. Enjoy a quiet loop, continuing east to the pastoral Cornell Plantations and the Newman Arboretum. For the return, enjoy a run on the north side of Beebe Lake, to Triphammer Falls and Rocky Falls, then south to the Johnson Museum of Art. For a nice add-on, the South Fields are great for running, and the Arboretum has 3 miles of trails. . MAP HILLY! This map has 1-mile walking loops of the Cornell Campus.
Gorge, Trail, & University Loop. For an exciting run packing in a lot of variety, try all or part of this 8-miler. Start at the Science Center downtown, and run southeast along Cascadilla Creek. Just off E. Court St., see the trailhead for the Cascadilla Gorge Trail. This 1 mile next section is more rugged, with a narrow path/stairs/uneven footing along the creek. At mile 1.7, intersect with Hoy Rd., and the trail alongside Dryden Rd., to the lovely E. Ithaca Recreation Way, where you’ll continue for a mile. At the end, LEFT on Game Farm Rd., for 0.5 miles, into the Cornell Arboretum, where you can wind your way back west, choosing your way through the Arboretum, gardens, and campus for 3 miles back to the start. MAP HILLY!