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, situated south of Colvin St., between Meadowbrook Dr. and I-81. Enjoy running up and down the tree-lined streets of this classic older neighborhood, with its attractive homes and small parks. At Barry Park, the 1.2 mile pond loop is a nice add-on.
Add-On: At Barry Park, there’s a lovely 1.2 mile loop around the lake, on a path with a soft mulch surface. At the University nice views and a soft o run the trails, athletic fields, and running track of the Syracuse Universit just south of Colvin St. (use Skytop Rd.). Great views of the city! Can also combine with our Downtown/Creekwalk route.