Skaneateles. Wikimedia Commons

One of the easternmost of the Finger Lakes, Skaneateles Lake is 16 miles long, with the namesake town at its northern end. Running recommendations:

Skaneateles Tour. 10 km loop, 320 foot gain. We’ve designed a 10k tour around the pretty town of Skaneateles. Highlights include some pleasant waterfront sections, a couple of parks, and some tree-lined streets featuring historic homes. Start at the Skaneateles Historical Society and make your way south to the lake. The next 2 miles is an out and back along quiet W. Lake St., which has some nice water views. Then, head east on Rt. 20, which is a main road but has a waterfront path as it passes through Clift Park and Thayer Park, with a jaunt down ‘The Pier’. Lovely older homes and buildings here. Continue as far as E. Lake St., and turn around, or take a section of Rt. 41 back to Thayer Park. The next section is along pretty side streets: Leitch Rd., LEFT on Academy, RIGHT on state, do a tour of Austin Park, completing the route by heading south on Rt. 22 into town.

Bear Swamp State Forest. This lesser-known spot at the southwest end of Skaneateles Lake is great if you want a quiet run along 10+ miles of unpaved roads. Generally wooded, really pretty in fall! Best for running is the Bear Swamp Rd./Ridge Rd. loop. TRAIL MAP







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