Green Lakes State Park Lake Trail, Manlius/Syracuse

Trail Information:   GREAT 3 OR 4 MILE LOOP AROUND GREEN LAKES.  IF YOU WANT TO RUN 3 MILES, RUN AROUND THE FIRST LAKE. IF YOU'D LIKE TO GO 4 MILES, TAKE THE TRAIL TO LOOP AROUND THE SECOND LAKE AS WELL.   TRAILS ARE MAINTAINED WELL.  THE TRAIL IS A DIRT PATH THAT TAKES YOU ALONG THE SHORELINE.  (THE LAKES ARE A BEAUTIFUL BLUE GREEN COLOR, GREAT SCENERY)

JENNIFER WHEATLEY
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Directions:: From Syracuse, or from I-481, take Route 5 (East Genesee St.) east through Fayetteville, look for sign on left for Green Lakes State Park. Or from 690, take Manlius Center Rd to route 290, turn left and follow signs to park. Can also take Kirkville Rd. exit from I-481 (S. of NYS Thruway); travel east and follow signs to park.

Trail Information:: The 3.1 mile, mostly flat loop around the two lakes is just part of the extensive trail network here. Above the lakes are fields with 5-6 miles of trails used for running, mountain biking and XC-skiing. Trails maps can be picked up at the park office, near the route 290 entrance.

Miscellaneous Information:: As noted by others, the lake loop is gentle, crushed stone around the first, larger lake (2 m) and wood chips around the second smaller lake (1 m). Halfway around the second lake is a steep trail up to another loop (.5 m) through old-growth forest. This leads to other trails up to a rolling plateau of old farm fields, now grown up as meadows where deer, turkeys and other wildlife abound. Great views of surrounding area from several sections of these trails, which total some 5-6 miles. Can be muddy at times, and plenty of roots and rocks in some sections of woods trails. Wear good shoes, especially in wet weather. Trails runnable in winter, but upper sections can have deep snow, and lake loop can get very icy.

Entrance fee to park ($7) in summer, but free after 6 pm or so(tell attendant you're just running). Can also park at golf course, although you're not supposed to.

Also nearby is the Erie Canal, which runs from Syracuse east to Utica-Rome area. Flat, mostly crushed stone surface; can be accessed by several parking areas, and also by foot trail from Green Lakes State Park.

Kreg Ettenger