Syracuse Journals

Running in Central New York

A travel journal to Syracuse by fallschirmhosen

Beaver Lake Park Photo, Syracuse, New York More Photos
Quote: Syracuse and the surrounding area is a great place to run. Home to many nationally-ranked runners, Syracuse boasts plenty of road and off-road running routes to conform to anyone's running schedule.

Beaver Lake Park

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Beaver Lake Park Photo, Syracuse, New York
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Just a short 20-minute drive from Syracuse, Beaver Lake Park has plenty of trails for long and short distance runners. Trail sizes vary from 1/2 mile up to 3 miles. With about half a dozen to choose from, you can combine the trails to create one long run. The trails are not hilly, although the terrain varies from flat, dirt and wood-chip trails to wooden boardwalks. In the winter, the trails are not plowed, so running on them is impossible. However, any other time is just fine. The park sits next to Mud Lake, although there are plenty of beavers around, hence the name of the park. Besides beavers, there are many deer to be seen. It costs $1 to park there (required). Canoe rentals ar...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 5, 2004

Beaver Lake Park
Syracuse
Syracuse

Onondaga Lake Park

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If you're looking for a park near Syracuse to run in, then a short 10-minute drive from downtown should end your search. Onondaga Lake Park is probably the most popular place for runners of all levels to go for a run in the area, which also makes it quite busy on nice days (a rarity in Syracuse). Stretching for 2+ miles on the northeast side of the lake, the park boasts a wide, paved road for anything wheeled...bikes, rollerbladers, strollers, skateboards, and the tram (a free shuttle for those who can't walk the distance of the park). Next to the wide trail, closer to the lake, is a recently constructed footpath...for walkers and runners. Although it can be busy at times, since it is na...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 5, 2004

Onondaga Lake Park
RR 370
Liverpool 13088
(315) 453-6712

Longbranch Park

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Longbranch Park Photo, Syracuse, New York
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Longbranch Park has two sections...one sitting next to Onondaga Lake, and then a picnic area north of the lake. The picnic area is not really a place to run, although it is home to Liverpool High School's cross-country teams. The pathways are all gravel or wood-chipped, and unmarked. But, if you know the cross-country course, then you'll be able to mark a 5k route easily. In the back of the picnic area are some rolling hills, though nothing hard whatsoever. Since it is not widely known, you can often go there and not find a single person there with you, making it a very peaceful place. To reach the "other" part of the park, cross Longbranch Road near the bridge crossing the lake outlet, ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 5, 2004

Longbranch Park
North of Liverpool
Syracuse

Old Erie Canal State Historic Park

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Attraction | "Old Erie Canal Park"

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A short drive east of Syracuse, in the town of DeWitt, lies a piece of history and a good place to go for a run. Long forgotten by many, the Erie Canal was a monumental achievement in engineering in the 19th century. It was basically a 40-foot-wide canal hand-dug from Albany to Buffalo to expand trading and transportation in New York and the country. In Dewitt remains part of the original canal, now converted into a park. What used to be the tow paths used by mules are now long, flat, dirt trails used for running, biking, and walking. In all, the trail stretches for nearly 36 miles from Dewitt to Rome, NY. Running the entire length would be pretty insane, although biking it is not too ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 5, 2004

Old Erie Canal State Historic Park
RD #2 Andrus Road
Kirkville 13082
(315) 687-7821

Van Buren Park

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If you like hills, or want to do a hill workout, then Van Buren Park is the place to be. Five minutes off route 690, near Baldwinsville, this park is located in the middle of nowhere near some large homes. The most popular place at the park is the pool and picnic area. But, it also has a pond and huge hill. For runners, you'll find that the park does not contain many trails. There is a small patch of woods south of the pond with a few trails. I've done loops around the trail and in the woods as a warm-up run. Other than that, there are some footpaths surrounding the hill that are used when ascending the hill, which is the main attraction. If you want to do some quick hill repeats, or...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 5, 2004

Van Buren Park
7350 Canton Street Rd
Syracuse, New York 13027
(315) 638-4727