Cayuga Trail

Total distance: 10.15 miles

Difficulty level(s): easy, moderate, difficult

Considered one of the most beautiful foot trails in the Ithaca area, the Cayuga Trail provides the opportunity to follow Fall Creek Gorge from the Cornell campus to the Town of Dryden. The trail, with over 9 ½ miles of trekking on a partial loop, begins from its west end at the Stewart Avenue bridge, then passes through Fall Creek Gorge, Cornell Botanic Gardens Botanical Gardens, the Mundy Wildflower Garden, the F.R. Newman Arboretum, and on through Plantations' Fall Creek and Monkey Run Natural Areas before looping back. The Cayuga Trails Club started building the Cayuga Trail in 1964, and it has been expanded several times. This hike features a rich diversity of wildflowers, magnificent vistas, interesting geological features, and the beauty of very wild sections of Fall Creek.

Trail Sites

The Cayuga Trail encompasses trails made from multiple sites, please select among any of these sites below to learn more.

Parking Locations

Multiple parking options may be specific to certain trails within this site.

Trail Attributes

  • Good for Hiking
  • Good for Running
  • Good for Cross-Country Skiiing
  • Good for Snowshoeing
  • Lakes visible
  • Scenic Vistas
  • Unique Wildlife Viewing
  • Picnicking allowed
  • Restrooms available

More Info

Part of interconnected trail system: Yes

Trail Surface: Earth, Gravel/Stone Dust, Pavement, earth

Trail Markers: orange blaze, none, red blaze

This trail contains a loop.

Hunting is allowed on this trail - use caution.

This trail is open year round.