Cayuga-Seneca Canal Trail

New York

Cayuga-Seneca Canal Trail Facts

States: New York
Counties: Seneca
Length: 5.2 miles
Trail end points: SR 96A near Seneca Lake State Park (Fayette) and Huff St. near Lock 4 (Waterloo)
Trail surfaces: Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 9581825
Trail activities: Bike, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Cayuga-Seneca Canal Trail Description

The Cayuga-Seneca Canalway Trail is a 5-mile pathway beginning in Waterloo, New York and terminating at Seneca Lake State Park.

The current stretch of trail kicks off near Lock 4 in Waterloo and heads southwest towards Lake Seneca. The heavily-wooded corridor follows the canal through the picturesque pastoral landscape and tranquil wetlands, allowing users to experience the natural beauty of the area at a leisurely pace. The trail surface is flat, smooth limestone dust, making it ideal for a variety of uses, including walking, jogging, biking and wheelchair use. After passing through the Bishop Preserve, the trail ends abruptly at SR 96A, near the Seneca Lake State Park. (But good news, a tunnel is being constructed under the highway to connect the trail to the park).

This open segment of trail is part of a bigger project to connect two of the biggest Finger Lakes, the Cayuga and Seneca, via a 19-mile rail-trail. The finished trail will run from Seneca Lake to Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, and in doing so help highlight the natural, historical and cultural importance of the canal and the region. Eventually, plans call for it to connect and add to the Erie Canalway Trail’s 300 miles of off-road trail.

Parking and Trail Access

To reach the northern trailhead, head south on SR 96 across the canal. Make a right on Huff Street past Lock 4, where there is a gravel parking lot. 

To reach the southern end, you could choose to park at Bishop Preserve (Boodys Hill Rd, Waterloo). There is expanded parking on West River Rd. A recently improved path links up to the trail.

You could also head to the Seneca Lake National State Park (1 Lake Front Dr, Geneva). Accessing the trail is more complicated from this point but will be eased drastically once the underpass is complete. 



Cayuga-Seneca Canal Trail Reviews

This is a uniformly wide trail of hard packed stone and very little elevation change. 80 or 90% in the shade due to the very thick canopy running next to the canal that connects Seneca and Cayuga Lakes. The water itself is in view about 30 or 40% of the time and it is gorgeous. This will be a great trail to ride in the fall, just a few weeks from now. Note that the actual mileage is 4 1/2 miles and is really only accessible from the Waterloo entrance. Very large parking lot right next to one of the locks. Note that will be instructions say that you go down half Street after going over the bridge from the north, there is no Huff Street sign at the corner of Route 96 and 12 Huff but there is a round Cayuga Seneca trail sign pointing the way. Once this route connect to Seneca lake state park it will add about three more miles for a total of 7 1/2 one way or 15 round trip which will be great. Seneca Lake State Park and the Geneva waterfront are fully along the north end of Seneca lake right on the water

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