Onondaga Lake Park, Liverpool

Onondaga Lake Park is a 7.5 mile linear greenway located on the shores of Onondaga Lake, immediately west of Syracuse, New York. Most of the park lies in Liverpool.The park offers miles of shoreline nooks and crannies that provide options for family picnics, including developed areas in Willow Bay and Cold Springs. It has long been the park of choice for many special events, sporting competitions and festivals and attracts over one million visitors each year.The park is also home to the Salt Museum, East Shore Recreation Trail and West Shore Trail.HistoryOnondaga Lake Park has a legacy of history reflecting 500 years of community growth and has long been the park of choice for many special events, sporting competitions and festivals.Park activitiesActivities at the park include team sports, in-line skate lessons and bicycle-built-for-two rentals. Additionally, archery, boating, bikes and skates and kickball are popular activities in the park. The park also has paved, vehicle free trails and offers free outdoor wireless internet in the Griffin Visitor Center area.There is a tram that shuttles visitors between the Willow Bay Cafe and the Salt Museum. The suggested admission is $1 per visitor and $1 per tram ride.Cold Springs Mud LockThe Cold Springs Mud Lock, constructed in 1828, is located next to the old Erie Canal near a stone dust trail that leads to a small bridge over the lock. The Mud Lock was originally built out of wood, however, was rebuilt in 1836 using stone. The current lock was constructed by the Work relief program in the 1930s. At that time, the footbridge was also added.
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  • I always enjoy stopping by this park whenever I have time between appointments. It is a large, beautiful, and very diverse park that offers green space for everyone. It has all kind of fields, rollers...  more »
  • Beautiful vistas of the lake and it’s waterfowl with generous parking and easy access next to Salt Museum. Syracuse, as the 19th Century lead producer of salt owes its beginnings to this basic resourc...  more »
  • Beautiful body of water to row on. Wonderful for our scrimmage. The day started out cold but both the inlet and the lake were wonderful. I cannot wait to row on it again next year and see the Baldwinsville team. The current and breeze was nice and the environment itself was peaceful.
  • Great place to work out safely. I usually run with a small group here. The grounds are well maintained year round-trip including snow plowing in winter. There are always other people around, which is helpful just in case. We are lucky to have this in our community. The only downside is the trail is pretty flat, so it isn't a very diverse training experience. However, that pales in comparison to the benefits of the location.

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