Cortland, NY Bike Trails and Maps

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Length
Surfaces
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Bear Trap Creek Bikeway

1.6 mi
State: NY
Asphalt

Catharine Valley Trail

12.9 mi
State: NY
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Cayuga-Seneca Canal Trail

5.2 mi
State: NY
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass

East Ithaca Recreation Way

2.2 mi
State: NY
Asphalt, Cinder, Gravel

Erie Canalway Trail

291.9 mi
State: NY
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Keuka Outlet Trail

6.7 mi
State: NY
Asphalt, Ballast, Dirt, Gravel

Lackawanna Rail Trail

8.7 mi
State: NY
Asphalt

Lenox Rail Trail

2.2 mi
State: NY
Asphalt

South Hill Recreation Way

3.3 mi
State: NY
Asphalt, Gravel

South Trail

2.2 mi
State: NY
Dirt

Verona Beach State Park Rail Trail

1.5 mi
State: NY
Dirt, Grass

Vestal Rail Trail

3.8 mi
State: NY
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Bear Trap Creek Bikeway follows the creek of the same name between Ley Creek Drive and the Mattydale Shopping Plaza. For most of its length it parallels Interstate 81, with a fence separating the...
NY 1.6 mi Asphalt
Enjoy a smooth ride along the Catharine Valley Trail, a well-maintained multiuse pathway that provides a comfortable and shaded biking experience through Upstate New York. High points include entering...
NY 12.9 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Cayuga-Seneca Canalway Trail is a 5-mile pathway beginning in Waterloo, New York and terminating at Seneca Lake State Park.  The roadbed it uses was constructed by the Seneca County Railway...
NY 5.2 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass
The East Ithaca Recreation Way on East Hill is primarily built upon the rail bed of the old Ithaca and Cortland Railroad, which later became part of the Lehigh Valley Railroad. The trail skirts the...
NY 2.2 mi Asphalt, Cinder, Gravel
When complete, the Erie Canalway Trail will run for 360 miles in upstate New York—from Buffalo in the west to Albany in the east—linking many other communities along the way, including Rochester,...
NY 291.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Keuka Outlet Trail offers a sinuous route of nearly 7 miles between Penn Yan and Dresden in New York’s Finger Lakes region. The rail-trail follows a railroad corridor that traced a former canal...
NY 6.7 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Dirt, Gravel
The Lackawanna Rail Trail traces a short stretch of the old Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad from Lowman to Elmira in southern New York. Much of it follows the meandering Chemung River, meaning...
NY 8.7 mi Asphalt
While many other rail trails in rural New York have gravel or grass surfaces, which make them difficult to traverse for cyclists and users with disabilities, the Lenox Rail Trail offers over two miles...
NY 2.2 mi Asphalt
The South Hill Recreation Way follows the southern rim of the Six Mile Creek gorge from the outskirts of southeast Ithaca to Burns Road, near the Ithaca Reservoir. The gravel path follows the former...
NY 3.3 mi Asphalt, Gravel
The South Trail stretches over 2 miles between Ballina Rd. and New Woodstock in Cazenovia, New York. The trail sits on the former right-of-way of the Lehigh Valley Railroad. The rail-trail takes users...
NY 2.2 mi Dirt
Verona Beach State Park is located on the eastern shore of Oneida Lake. Shaded picnic areas and the campground are adjacent to the beach with an excellent view of the water. The lake, Black Creek,...
NY 1.5 mi Dirt, Grass
The Vestal Rail Trail runs for nearly four miles through the town of Vestal along an abandoned right-of-way once used by the Delaware–Lackawana & Western Railroad. Today, the 12-foot-wide trail is...
NY 3.8 mi Asphalt

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Trails by activity

East Ithaca Recreation Way

NY - 2.2 miles

The East Ithaca Recreation Way on East Hill is primarily built upon the rail bed of the old Ithaca and Cortland Railroad, which later became part of the Lehigh Valley Railroad. The trail skirts the...

South Trail

NY - 2.2 miles

The South Trail stretches over 2 miles between Ballina Rd. and New Woodstock in Cazenovia, New York. The trail sits on the former right-of-way of the Lehigh Valley Railroad. The rail-trail takes users...

Vestal Rail Trail

NY - 3.8 miles

The Vestal Rail Trail runs for nearly four miles through the town of Vestal along an abandoned right-of-way once used by the Delaware–Lackawana & Western Railroad. Today, the 12-foot-wide trail is...

Lenox Rail Trail

NY - 2.2 miles

While many other rail trails in rural New York have gravel or grass surfaces, which make them difficult to traverse for cyclists and users with disabilities, the Lenox Rail Trail offers over two miles...

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Lackawanna Rail Trail

NY - 8.7 miles

The Lackawanna Rail Trail traces a short stretch of the old Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad from Lowman to Elmira in southern New York. Much of it follows the meandering Chemung River, meaning...

Erie Canalway Trail

NY - 291.9 miles

When complete, the Erie Canalway Trail will run for 360 miles in upstate New York—from Buffalo in the west to Albany in the east—linking many other communities along the way, including Rochester,...

Bear Trap Creek Bikeway

NY - 1.6 miles

Bear Trap Creek Bikeway follows the creek of the same name between Ley Creek Drive and the Mattydale Shopping Plaza. For most of its length it parallels Interstate 81, with a fence separating the...

Keuka Outlet Trail

NY - 6.7 miles

The Keuka Outlet Trail offers a sinuous route of nearly 7 miles between Penn Yan and Dresden in New York’s Finger Lakes region. The rail-trail follows a railroad corridor that traced a former canal...

Verona Beach State Park Rail Trail

NY - 1.5 miles

Verona Beach State Park is located on the eastern shore of Oneida Lake. Shaded picnic areas and the campground are adjacent to the beach with an excellent view of the water. The lake, Black Creek,...

Catharine Valley Trail

NY - 12.9 miles

Enjoy a smooth ride along the Catharine Valley Trail, a well-maintained multiuse pathway that provides a comfortable and shaded biking experience through Upstate New York. High points include entering...

South Hill Recreation Way

NY - 3.3 miles

The South Hill Recreation Way follows the southern rim of the Six Mile Creek gorge from the outskirts of southeast Ithaca to Burns Road, near the Ithaca Reservoir. The gravel path follows the former...

Cayuga-Seneca Canal Trail

NY - 5.2 miles

The Cayuga-Seneca Canalway Trail is a 5-mile pathway beginning in Waterloo, New York and terminating at Seneca Lake State Park.  The roadbed it uses was constructed by the Seneca County Railway...

Keuka Outlet Trail

NY - 6.7 miles

The Keuka Outlet Trail offers a sinuous route of nearly 7 miles between Penn Yan and Dresden in New York’s Finger Lakes region. The rail-trail follows a railroad corridor that traced a former canal...

Cayuga-Seneca Canal Trail

NY - 5.2 miles

The Cayuga-Seneca Canalway Trail is a 5-mile pathway beginning in Waterloo, New York and terminating at Seneca Lake State Park.  The roadbed it uses was constructed by the Seneca County Railway...

Lackawanna Rail Trail

NY - 8.7 miles

The Lackawanna Rail Trail traces a short stretch of the old Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad from Lowman to Elmira in southern New York. Much of it follows the meandering Chemung River, meaning...

Erie Canalway Trail

NY - 291.9 miles

When complete, the Erie Canalway Trail will run for 360 miles in upstate New York—from Buffalo in the west to Albany in the east—linking many other communities along the way, including Rochester,...

Accordion

Vestal Rail Trail

NY - 3.8 miles

The Vestal Rail Trail runs for nearly four miles through the town of Vestal along an abandoned right-of-way once used by the Delaware–Lackawana & Western Railroad. Today, the 12-foot-wide trail is...

South Hill Recreation Way

NY - 3.3 miles

The South Hill Recreation Way follows the southern rim of the Six Mile Creek gorge from the outskirts of southeast Ithaca to Burns Road, near the Ithaca Reservoir. The gravel path follows the former...

Bear Trap Creek Bikeway

NY - 1.6 miles

Bear Trap Creek Bikeway follows the creek of the same name between Ley Creek Drive and the Mattydale Shopping Plaza. For most of its length it parallels Interstate 81, with a fence separating the...

South Trail

NY - 2.2 miles

The South Trail stretches over 2 miles between Ballina Rd. and New Woodstock in Cazenovia, New York. The trail sits on the former right-of-way of the Lehigh Valley Railroad. The rail-trail takes users...

Verona Beach State Park Rail Trail

NY - 1.5 miles

Verona Beach State Park is located on the eastern shore of Oneida Lake. Shaded picnic areas and the campground are adjacent to the beach with an excellent view of the water. The lake, Black Creek,...

Lenox Rail Trail

NY - 2.2 miles

While many other rail trails in rural New York have gravel or grass surfaces, which make them difficult to traverse for cyclists and users with disabilities, the Lenox Rail Trail offers over two miles...

East Ithaca Recreation Way

NY - 2.2 miles

The East Ithaca Recreation Way on East Hill is primarily built upon the rail bed of the old Ithaca and Cortland Railroad, which later became part of the Lehigh Valley Railroad. The trail skirts the...

Catharine Valley Trail

NY - 12.9 miles

Enjoy a smooth ride along the Catharine Valley Trail, a well-maintained multiuse pathway that provides a comfortable and shaded biking experience through Upstate New York. High points include entering...

Bear Trap Creek Bikeway

NY - 1.6 miles

Bear Trap Creek Bikeway follows the creek of the same name between Ley Creek Drive and the Mattydale Shopping Plaza. For most of its length it parallels Interstate 81, with a fence separating the...

Erie Canalway Trail

NY - 291.9 miles

When complete, the Erie Canalway Trail will run for 360 miles in upstate New York—from Buffalo in the west to Albany in the east—linking many other communities along the way, including Rochester,...

Vestal Rail Trail

NY - 3.8 miles

The Vestal Rail Trail runs for nearly four miles through the town of Vestal along an abandoned right-of-way once used by the Delaware–Lackawana & Western Railroad. Today, the 12-foot-wide trail is...

South Trail

NY - 2.2 miles

The South Trail stretches over 2 miles between Ballina Rd. and New Woodstock in Cazenovia, New York. The trail sits on the former right-of-way of the Lehigh Valley Railroad. The rail-trail takes users...

Accordion

Keuka Outlet Trail

NY - 6.7 miles

The Keuka Outlet Trail offers a sinuous route of nearly 7 miles between Penn Yan and Dresden in New York’s Finger Lakes region. The rail-trail follows a railroad corridor that traced a former canal...

Verona Beach State Park Rail Trail

NY - 1.5 miles

Verona Beach State Park is located on the eastern shore of Oneida Lake. Shaded picnic areas and the campground are adjacent to the beach with an excellent view of the water. The lake, Black Creek,...

Lackawanna Rail Trail

NY - 8.7 miles

The Lackawanna Rail Trail traces a short stretch of the old Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad from Lowman to Elmira in southern New York. Much of it follows the meandering Chemung River, meaning...

Lenox Rail Trail

NY - 2.2 miles

While many other rail trails in rural New York have gravel or grass surfaces, which make them difficult to traverse for cyclists and users with disabilities, the Lenox Rail Trail offers over two miles...

East Ithaca Recreation Way

NY - 2.2 miles

The East Ithaca Recreation Way on East Hill is primarily built upon the rail bed of the old Ithaca and Cortland Railroad, which later became part of the Lehigh Valley Railroad. The trail skirts the...

Catharine Valley Trail

NY - 12.9 miles

Enjoy a smooth ride along the Catharine Valley Trail, a well-maintained multiuse pathway that provides a comfortable and shaded biking experience through Upstate New York. High points include entering...

Cayuga-Seneca Canal Trail

NY - 5.2 miles

The Cayuga-Seneca Canalway Trail is a 5-mile pathway beginning in Waterloo, New York and terminating at Seneca Lake State Park.  The roadbed it uses was constructed by the Seneca County Railway...

South Hill Recreation Way

NY - 3.3 miles

The South Hill Recreation Way follows the southern rim of the Six Mile Creek gorge from the outskirts of southeast Ithaca to Burns Road, near the Ithaca Reservoir. The gravel path follows the former...

Recent Trail Reviews

Keuka Outlet Trail

excellent trail, beautiful scenery

October, 2020 by trichbtch

This is a definite must for you! We loved the ride.

Gorge Trail

Small section of this trail runs alongside sewage treatment facility (no bad smells, just interrupts the natural environment for a while). Nice views of the stream. Well maintained, easy walking.

October, 2020 by phdconga

Small section of this trail runs alongside sewage treatment facility (no bad smells, just interrupts the natural environment for a while). Nice views of the stream. Well maintained, easy walking.

Cayuga-Seneca Canal Trail

We rode our bikes all the way from Waterloo to the Visitors Center in Geneva. Great ride, we loved it.

October, 2020 by bigdave4435

We rode our bikes all the way from Waterloo to the Visitors Center in Geneva. Great ride, we loved it.

Accordion

Catharine Valley Trail

Beautiful trail

October, 2020 by qv4im3izkn

Very nice bike trail, but poor signage thru Montour Falls. To make it easy: if you are facing the Falls on Genesee St, go left about 6 blocks to Cook. Turn left on Cook and just beyond the city’s DPW site is the trailhead south to Millport. The sign is not seen as you come down the street and we actually went right by it the first time, but it is on the right immediately past the DPW site. The route to Millport is beautiful so it is a shame to miss it when you can’t find the trailhead. It is gradually uphill to Millport so it makes for a very nice ride back. Hope this helps!

Cato-Fair Haven Trail

One who loves to hike

October, 2020 by sparker1_tl

Hiked the first two miles South of Fairhaven. Very difficult walk full of rocks and cinders and plainly not hospitable to hikers and groomed for motorized vehicles instead. Would recommend a pavement for bikers and hikers since it would seem to help supplement activities at the park and allow families to bike and hike some beautiful backwoods Upstate scenery.

Ontario Pathways Rail Trail

Great trail for an easy somewhat quick ride

September, 2020 by kbg32

I did this trail on a grey day. The ride was flat, not technical. I did flat about 5 miles in due to a huge thorn. There were lots of debris from trees due to recent storms. My in-laws live here and this trail was the perfect length in distance and time for a ride to get away for a bit. I rode my gravel bike with 40mm tires which was perfect. I only passed two people walking dogs and a couple of other cyclists on hybrids on my return. I would just caution people that there are a number of road and farm road crossings. Definitely slow down and stop to make sure no traffic is coming.

Ontario Pathways Rail Trail

Great Trail For Walking But Needs Benches

September, 2020 by baqzp7dgsw

My husband and I hiked this from Stanley to Canandaigua and just loved it. Mind you, it’s September and the manure smell wasn’t bad at all at this time of year. We have been walking a trail a day to raise $ for a charity and are up to 9 rail trails so far and over 144 miles to date. This was by far the easiest and kindest to our feet! Lots of soft, well maintained grass and also mossy areas in shadier places. Again, this was from Stanley to Canandaigua. I’d listen to other reviewers for the Phelps side of the trail. BTW, the Stanley to Canandaigua side has the delightful Pooh Corner signs, at least 12 or more! It could use more benches...there is only one.

Ontario Pathways Rail Trail

Definitely mountain bike material

September, 2020 by ddylla

Ontario Pathways is mostly single track and grass with occasional spots with gravel and stone dust. It is well maintained in terms of mowing and trimming back trees but would definitely suggest using a mountain bike if cycling on either leg of this trail. The trail goes through rural forested areas and pretty farmland. Canandaigua on the west terminus offers the only services on the route.

Oswego County Trail

H

September, 2020 by gib7a3sfyj

Great for short walks but not paved so I don’t recommend it for over 5 miles but seems good for ATVs

Lackawanna Rail Trail

Not real scenic

September, 2020 by crmorgan1

Asphalt smooth. River and some wetland views but not that impressive. Worth the ride on asphalt.

Catharine Valley Trail

Good trail

September, 2020 by crmorgan1

Nice smooth trail. Park in marina area at Seneca Lake and follow signs. We might have missed a sign and ended up at Fairground road. Turn left and trail was about 100 yards away. Loved it.

Jim Schug Trail

Really awesome wetlands

September, 2020 by crmorgan1

Don't let Mt Bike trail comment scare u. Nice bike trail and has been extended south to Freeland. Great natural wetands as well as Dryden lake. A few areas are sod but brief. Don't plan to have access to restrooms with Covid. Bikers and hikers Labor Day but no horses.

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