Located in New York, the hiking in Syracuse is known for four scenic hikes. The best Syracuse hiking based on popularity are considered to be Highland Forest County Park, Brookfield Trail System, Green Lakes State Park, and Old Erie Canal. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Syracuse hiking trail below.
Southeast of Syracuse and east of Fabius in Onondaga County, the 2,700 acre Highland Forest County Park has over 20 miles of trails. Known as the Adirondacks of Central New York, this area is covered with rugged forest terrain. These multi-use trails are also shared with mountain bikers and equestrians.
Southeast of Syracuse near Sherburne, the 130 mile Brookfield Trail System traverses the 13,000 acre Brookfield State Forest. In southeastern Madison County, theses multi-trails are shared with mountain bikers and horseback riders in the summer, and by snowmobilers and cross-country skiers in the winter. The rolling routes combine trails and closed forest service roads, which are all marked and numbered.
East of Syracuse and northeast of Fayetteville, the Green Lakes State Park has 20 miles of trails that loop around both lakes, which were carved by water flowing off glaciers. These meromictic lakes are deep with distinct water layers forming the intense blue-green color. Beyond the lakes, the trails pass through mature upland hardwood forests.