Locate the Waterfront Trail

Welcome to the CWT!

A paved two-mile loop through Cass Park gives you wide open views of the Cayuga Lake Inlet, the hills above Ithaca, and all kinds of local activity. You can track your progress by the mileage markers every quarter mile. Other attractions in Cass Park include an ice rink, a swimming pool, multiple athletic fields, tennis courts, a playground, and the waterfront itself.


A paved 1.7-mile connector between the Ithaca/Tompkins County Convention & Visitors Bureau to the Ithaca Farmers Market via Stewart Park provides a great place to bike, walk, run, or push a stroller. This section of the trail travels gives you views of Cayuga Lake, passes through part of the Fuertes Bird Sanctuary, and provides nonmotorized waterfront access to the Farmers Market. 

Getting There

You'll find the Cass Park trailhead at the entrance to the Cass Park Ice Rink on Rt. 96 northwest of the City of Ithaca. The Hangar Theatre is near the northern end of the trail. The Ithaca Children's Garden, home of the giant turtle Gaia, is near the southern end.

It's an easy bike ride or walk from downtown Ithaca to the trail. You'll see the trail just north of the NYS Route 89 bridge over the Cayuga Inlet where Route 89 enters Cass Park from the south. The trail is less than two miles from most locations in the City of Ithaca. Bike racks are located at the trailhead near the Cass Park ice rink. Or take Route 22 on a TCAT bus. Parking is plentiful at Cass Park.


Trail Rules

The Cayuga Waterfront Trail is used by pedestrians, cyclists, roller bladers, dog walkers, and accommodates people with disabilities. As you use the trail, please be courteous to other trail users, and watch for stray balls from the Cass Park playing fields and the Newman Municipal Golf Course!

Please Remember:

  • All users stay to right except when passing
  • Pass on left giving an audible signal
  • Bicyclists and skaters yield to pedestrians
  • No motorized vehicles except wheelchairs
  • Dogs are welcome on short leash.
  • Please clean up your dog's waste. Mutt Mitts are provided at the north and south ends of the trail at dog care stations.

Please help us keep the trail clean, and contact us about any trail maintenance problems.

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