Trail Sections

The Waterfront Trail is a ten-foot wide asphalt trail designed for use by walkers, joggers, bicyclists, inline skaters, mobility-impaired users, and parents with strollers.  Benches, scenic overlooks, interpretive signs, and trailheads with decorative paving and kiosks help make the Cayuga Waterfront Trail a special place to relax, exercise, and enjoy the waterfront setting. For information on getting to and using the trail, click here.


Cass Park Section
The first section of the Cayuga Waterfront Trail is a two-mile loop trail in Cass Park which originally opened in the fall of 2002. Hundreds of Ithaca residents and visitors use the trail regularly to walk, run, bike and blade along the beautiful Cayuga Inlet. The trail is located in an active park setting with numerous athletic fields, a skating rink, and swimming pool.

Inlet Island to Farmers Market Section
This section of the Waterfront Trail is 1.5 miles in length linking the existing trail in Cass Park to the Ithaca Farmers Market. From the south end of Cass Park, the trail crosses the Flood Channel on the existing Route 96 Bridge and arrive at the Inlet Island Trailhead, west of the Chemung Canal Trust Company. From the trailhead, the trail continues east across Route 89. The trail crosses the Cayuga Inlet on a new bridge north of Buffalo Street, then turns to the north past Puddledockers Kayak Rentals and the former Corks & More Restaurant and the MV Manhattan. It continues north along the east bank of the Inlet passing between the college boathouses and the railroad tracks. It then continues on along the water's edge past the NYSDOT maintenance yard to the Farmers Market. At the Market. Trailheads have been constructed on Inlet Island and at the Farmers Market. The Crew Cove Overlook is at the southwest corner of the NYSDOT site, overlooking the college boathouses and Inlet Island.


Farmers Market to Visitors Center Section
This section of the Waterfront Trail connects the Ithaca Farmers Market to Stewart Park and the Tompkins County Visitor Center. At the western edge of Stewart Park, the trail crosses Fall Creek on a new footbridge via the Fuertes Bird Sanctuary. The trail follows the edge of the Newman Municipal Golf course and travels up Willow Avenue to the Farmers Market. 

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