Syracuse, NY

Grand Tour: Syracuse University, Oakwood Cemetery, Eastside

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This route is one of our favorites in Syracuse, combining Thornden Park, the attractive campus of Syracuse University, historic Oakwood Cemetery, and the bucolic Eastside neighborhood. We’ve created a 6.8 mile route map, but we suggest using it as an outline to create your own route. Note: a bit hilly!

A good place to start is Thornden Park, an older type park with large fields, some trails, and a rose garden. A loop of the park is ~1 mile. Exit at the Rose Garden onto University Pl., heading west into Syracuse University. Enjoy the pedestrian paths and small quads of this small but pretty campus, with its hilltop location and Romanesque Revival buildings. Be sure to run the stairs to Holden Observatory!  Exit the southern end of the University onto Comstock Ave., and enter historic 1859 Oakwood Cemetery. The grounds are bucolic and running is both permitted and popular. Exit the cemetery and complete the loop through the historic Eastside neighborhood. Enjoy running up and down the tree-lined streets of this classic older neighborhood, with its attractive homes and small parks (Barry Park, Westminster Park, Thornden Park). The area sits south of Colvin St., between Meadowbrook Dr. and I-81.

Add-On: In addition to the main campus, it’s fun to run the trails, athletic fields, and running track of the university just south of Colvin St. (use Skytop Rd.). Great views of the city! Can also combine with our Downtown/Creekwalk route.

Essentials
  • Create your own route, but our outline route is 6.8 miles (11 km)
  • 459 feet (149m)
  • Thornden Park or anywhere in the Eastside area