Green Lakes State Park, Fayetteville

Green Lakes State Park is a New York State Park located east of Syracuse in the Town of Manlius. The park is strikingly scenic, and has a "masterpiece" golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones very early in his career. Green Lake itself is perhaps the most studied meromictic lake—one in which layers of water do not mix—in the world. The park preserves the largest stand of old growth forest in Central New York, and Round Lake has been designated as a National Natural Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior.The park is centered on two small lakes, Green Lake and Round Lake, which have an unusual blue-green color. These lakes lie at the base of a gorge that is somewhat longer than a mile in length. The lakes and the gorge are remnants of the ice ages, and exemplify some of the unusual geology of upstate New York. Green Lake has a surface area of 65 acres and a maximum depth of 195 feet. Round Lake has a surface area of 34 acres and a maximum depth of 170 feet.The park's area is 1955acre, and it logs about 800,000 visitors each year. Nearly half the park's area is old-growth forest, which includes many very large specimens of tuliptrees, sugar maples, beech, basswood, hemlocks, and white cedars. One particularly impressive grove of trees, lying immediately to the southwest of Round Lake, has been called the Tuliptree Cathedral.
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  • Green lakes is south and east of Syracuse NY. The state park is beautiful and very well maintained. There are several hiking trails of "easy" to "more challenging." The camping part is more for camper...  more »
  • A central New York treasure. Pristine, nature at it's best and a nice easy walk. The blue/green lake color is as good as it gets. Kayak rentals available and swimming in season makes this a real treas...  more »
  • Beautiful state campground with lots of natural wonders to explore. Nice sandy beach to relax on or miles and miles of great hiking paths. Canoe and kayak rentals are also available. Most of the camping sites are situated to give privacy. I haven't camped in the newer section with full hook ups but it looks like the sites are still spacious. All of the bathhouses are all recently redone and kept very clean.
  • It’s one of the unique state parks that I’ve visited so far. Water in this lake can only be experienced. Amazing colors and clear water. Kayaking is a must do in this park, you cannot bring your Kayak. There is a crystal kayak, it’s so transparent you can see water beneath you while kayaking. Price for kayak is very affordable. It definitely encourages visitors to try it. There are so many picnic tables. Beach here is very good to swim. There is even a spot to dive. Staffs are really kind. Ample of parking space. Restroom was not too clean but it was a long weekend when I visited, so it’s understandable. Overall definitely worth visiting.

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