Trails, Hiking & Biking
Ithaca and Tompkins County have an amazing variety of trails for hiking and biking for all levels. For hiking the terrain ranges from a one mile flat walk into Taughannock Falls to a very uphill climb at Buttermilk Falls. There’s even a trail up to Cornell right around the corner at Cascadilla Falls. Our area is well known for its biking trails and mountain bikers rave about the ride at Shindagin Hollow. The newly completed Black Diamond Trail is an 8.5 mile along the slopes of Cayuga Lake and is good for biking, hiking and cross country skiing.
Ithaca Trails has a great search feature that helps you determine the best spots for you to check out depending on which activity you’re interested in.
Ithaca Cycling Routes
This site offers all the information you need to plan a day of cycling. It includes distance and elevation of each ride with a great description of where the ride will take you and things to see and do along the way.
The Cayuga Waterfront Trail
The Cayuga Waterfront Trail is a 5.5 loop paved path connecting several waterfront destinations, including the Farmers Market. You can park at a variety of trail heads and walk or bike all or just part of the trail. It starts at the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce and ends at Cass Park.