Syracuse, NY

Syracuse Downtown and Creek Walk

National Park Service

This route incorporates the central section of Syracuse downtown with the pleasant creekside trail that ends at Onandaga Lake. We recommend starting in the heart of downtown at the Everson Museum of Art. Make your way over to Amory Square and then Clinton Square, where just across Highway 5 you can connect to the path along Onandaga Creek. This paved multi-use path runs for 2 miles to the end, where the creek meets the lake. There’s an especially nice section along the Inner Harbor. Unfortunately, it was a disaster of urban planning that there’s no easy way to walk from the end of the creek trail to the paths around the lake. For the return, retrace your steps.

Add-Ons: Explore a little more of downtown. Use Fayette St., one of the main downtown commercial streets, as the anchor. You can also combine this with our route around Syracuse University (0.5 miles from downtown), Thornden Park, Oakwood Cemetery, and the Eastside residential neighborhood.

Essentials
  • 10 km (6.2 miles) out and back. The Creekwalk is ~2 miles long
  • 151 feet (46m)
  • Downtown - Everson Museum of Art (or at beginning of Creekwalk)