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Syracuse, NY

A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Places to Run in Syracuse, including some nearby state parks

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Syracuse is the fifth largest city in New York State and is an economic and educational hub of central New York. Although there are some awful examples of urban planning, Syracuse gets a bit of a bad rap. There’s actually some terrific running in Syracuse, with numerous parks, lakes, and multi-use paths, many of them centered on Onandaga Lake and the historic Erie Canal. Winter running lovers should note that Syracuse is the snowiest major city in the United States: 120 inches annually!

The signature run in Syracuse is around Onandaga Lake, with 8 miles of paths on its eastern and western shores. In the downtown area, we’ve mapped lovely routes featuring the Creekwalk, and a loop incorporating Syracuse University, Oakwood Cemetery, and the Eastside neighborhood. The Erie Canal Towpath, which runs from Buffalo to Albany, has several attractive sections passing through Syracuse. Just outside the city, it’s worth it to head to Green Lakes State Park, Pratts Falls Park, and Beaver Lake Nature Center for some terrific trail running.

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Onandaga Lake Paths

Syracuse, NY

One of the signature runs in Syracuse. Restoration Way is a multi-use path that runs for nearly 8 miles along the eastern and western sides of the lake, with water and city views, and numerous parks.
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Syracuse Downtown and Creek Walk

Syracuse, NY

This route incorporates the central section of Syracuse downtown with the pleasant creekside trail that runs along Onandaga Creek and the Inner Harbor, ending at Onandaga Lake. For a longer run, combine with our University route.
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Green Lakes State Park

Syracuse, NY

Great spot for some gentle trail running, located 10 miles east of downtown. There are 15+ miles of trails through woods and around two glacial lakes. Can combine with a section of the Erie Canal Towpath.
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Pratts Falls Park

Syracuse, NY

Park located 15 miles south of Syracuse is known for its 137-foot waterfall and is a good spot for trail running. The two main trails are the 2.6 mile North Rim Trail and the 1.2 mile West Branch Trail.
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Beaver Lake Nature Center

Syracuse, NY

Beaver Lake Nature Center, located 15 miles northwest of Syracuse, is a worth-it destination run. There are 9 miles of trails around the 200-acre glacial lake, featuring a lovely combination of woods, meadows, and lake views.
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Onandaga Lake Paths

Syracuse, NY

One of the signature runs in Syracuse. Restoration Way is a multi-use path that runs for nearly 8 miles along the eastern and western sides of the lake, with water and city views, and numerous parks.
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Syracuse has warm, humid summers and cold, snowy winters. Runners should come prepared in winter: Syracuse is the snowiest major city in the United States: 120 inches annually! Average January highs are just below freezing, with lows dipping into the teens. Summers are warm, with daytime high temperatures typically in the low-80s. Fall is gorgeous for running: crisp temps and gorgeous foliage.

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Fleet Feet is the one major indy running store in Syracuse. They’ve been in business for 20 years and are a wonderful community running resource.