Looking to explore the outdoors in Syracuse, NY? Then you've come to right place! Take advantage of Onondaga Counties countless public parks, gushing waterfalls, and scenic paths built for walking, biking, skating, running and more.

Green Lakes State Park

Experience beautiful turquoise waters with the meromictic lakes at Green Lakes State Park. Walk or run along bordering trails, paddle out on glass bottom boats or take a break from it all and hangout on their sandy beach.

Jamesville Beach Park

Enjoy a day at the beach during the warmer months by swimming in or enjoying the cool, clear waters of Jamesville Reservoir. Pack a picnic and eat in the shade of their pavilions, play disc golf, or launch your kayak onsite.

Clark’s Reservation

This county park has a variety of trails to choose from that let you control your activity level and views. Local favorites include the Cliff Trail and the Swamp Trail. Bring the kids and play at their educational playground. Print the Clark's Reservation State Park Bird Checklist and bring it with you to discover a number of different bird species all year round. You can even fish and picnic onsite so make a day out of your visit.

Skaneateles Lake

Stroll quaint streets while enjoying lake views in the village of Skaneateles. Admire the lake's beautiful waters while enjoying food from local eateries like the Blue Water Grill or Doug's Fish Fry. Find out why Skaneateles Lake really is the “gem of the Finger Lakes.”

Onondaga Lake Park

At Onondaga Lake Park you can jog, run, bike, skate, and stroll along the lake. With multiple entry points you can discover a new path every day of the week. There's plenty of benches for those just looking to take in a sunset or catch some crew during the summer months. The playground and skate park make it a family-friendly park. Dogs are welcome on this path.


Chittenango, Pratt, and Carpenter are just a few of the falls to name in Onondaga County. Grab a buddy or a bunch and see how beautiful these natural falls really are. Check out where you can chase waterfalls here!

Urban Adventures

Who says you have to leave the city to find outdoor adventures? Try the Onondaga Creekwalk downtown or spend a day outside at a festival in Clinton Square. Keep an eye out for public outdoor yoga events that pop up in the warmer months Downtown. For a full list of urban events, click here.

Labrador Hollow Unique Area

This local favorite features 4.8 miles of well-marked trails. Make sure to climb up to the Jones Hill hang glider launch for the best overlook of the pond.