A Story Map: Discover Syracuse via the Onondaga Creekwalk
Discover rich history and dynamic public art in the heart of Syracuse on the Onondaga Creekwalk. Starting from the north, where the Onondaga Creek empties into Onondaga Lake, the Creekwalk follows the route of the Erie Canalway Trail/Empire State Trail. This part of the Creekwalk will take you along the creek to Syracuse’s Inner Harbor and through the revitalized factory district of Franklin Square. The Erie Canalway Trail deviates at Water St., continuing east, whereas the Creekwalk continues south to the bustling businesses and museums of Armory Square. Past Armory Square, the Creekwalk continues south, primarily following the creek and passing through parks and green spaces to finish at the popular Onondaga and Kirk Parks.
The route is entirely paved and off-road, making it appropriate for all levels of riders and walkers. While the trail occasionally deviates from the route of Onondaga Creek, you will find yourself within sight of the creek for almost all of the route. Remember to use caution at all road crossings. In several instances, the trail narrows or follows sidewalks. At these locations, cyclists should yield to pedestrians.
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Retrace your route along the Creekwalk to return to your car at Destiny USA.
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About The Author
Originally from Virginia, Erica attended the College of William and Mary where she received a B.A. in Linguistics. While there, she discovered a love for cycling on the country roads and multi-use trails and developed a passion for expanding access to these green spaces. In 2018, she moved to northern Spain to teach English, exploring and learning from sustainable cities across the north and cross-country trails like the Camino de Santiago. She has prior experience in event planning and trail infrastructure research. She is new to the Capital Region, but is already loving the chance to explore the state’s incredible system of parks and trails on foot and by bike. When not working or exploring, she loves to play Ultimate Frisbee and cook for her roommates.