Four Great Trails at Onondaga Lake Park! Whether it's in-line skating, bicycling, walking or running, Onondaga Lake Park has the perfect trail for visitors of all ages. For more information, including mileage and parking, download the Onondaga Lake Park map.
East Shore Recreation Trail
Over two and one-half miles long and twenty feet wide, this paved trail is ideal for in-line skating and bicycling. During the peak season of April to October, pedestrian use is allowed only if it does not impede wheeled users and stay within three feet of the shoulder and with no more than two abreast. Dogs are not allowed on the trail during peak season. Trams follow the center line. During the off-season of November to March, wheels and pedestrians share the trail. Dogs on 6' leashes are allowed with pedestrian use but not with wheeled users.
Shoreline Walking Trail
This trail is designated for walkers and runners. Only foot traffic is allowed on this two mile long trail. Distance markers along the route help you maintain consistent mileage. Special uses (strollers, children's bicycles with training wheels, tricycles and wheel chair users) are also permitted on this trail. Dogs must be on a 6' leash. This trail is not plowed in the winter. When it snows please use the plowed East Shore Recreation Trail.
West Shore Trail - John Haley Memorial Trail
Located along the scenic western shore of Onondaga Lake, this paved trail meanders through over 4.5 miles of woodlands and open areas. It is perfect for bicyclists, walkers, runners and nature enthusiasts. This side of Onondaga Lake is rich in history; several resorts and dance halls once stood here. The newly opened extension offers spectacular lake and city views. Several shelters and benches can be found along the trail for visitors convenience.
Attention West Shore Trail Users:
Construction of the Lakeview Amphitheater is in progress and impacts the West Shore Trail use. A section of the trail is unavailable, the trail is open from the parking area in the State Fair Orange parking lot for approximately 1.5 miles to the Overlook Pavilion. It is also accessible from the Long Branch Road parking lot for approximately 2.25 miles just short of Nine Mile Creek. Long term plans for the trail include a bypass to allow accessibility when the existing trail is closed for an event.
To access the West Shore Trail Extension:
From Points West: Take I-690 East to Exit 7, turn left onto State Fair Boulevard, take the first left passing under I-690, drive straight toward the lake and turn left into the NYS Fair Orange Parking Lot.
From Points East: Take I-690 West to Exit 7, head straight to the NYS Fair Orange Parking Lot.
The New York State Fair Orange Parking Lot is the designated parking area for the trail extension. Parking is free, except during the 12 days that the NYS Fair is open, late August-early September. Trail users may park in the lot at that time but will have to pay the $5 parking fee charged to fairgoers.
Located off the West Shore Trail, this stonedust and natural surface trail is ideal for solitude and observation.
- No motorized vehicles allowed.
- Onondaga County law requires helmet use for ages 17 and below on bikes and in-line skates.
- Skaters and bicyclists may not be accompanied by pets.
- Keep to the right.
- Maintain safe, controllable speed.
- Wear proper safety equipment.
- Announce “passing” or “on your left” when passing.
- Be courteous to other users.
- Do not block or crowd the trail - step off to the side when not moving.
- Watch for the tram - it has the right of way and follows the center line.
- Leash and clean-up after your pets. (Leash not longer than six feet). There are disposable, free mutt-mitts to assist in clean-up. Keep in mind this is a carry in, carry out park.
- Report all accidents to Park staff.
- Help keep the Park clean.
- Enjoy your visit!