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Hiking and Biking

Chittenango Falls State Park is a 193-acre state park featuring a 167-foot waterfall that cascades over roughly 400-million-year-old bedrock. Visitors can view the falls from the top, walk the winding trail into the gorge, view the falls from the footbridge and return to the top along the small trail on the opposite side of the gorge. Activities include fishing, hiking and picnicking. 

Beaver Lake Nature Center is a 661-acre Onondaga County Park facility that offers visitors a variety of outdoor experiences.

Cycle The Erie Canalway! Cycle a few miles or all 365! The Erie Canalway Trail between Albany and Buffalo is 87-percent off-road and suitable for all ages and abilities. The trail closely parallels both active and historic sections of the Erie Canal.

Verona Beach State Park, located on the eastern shore of Oneida Lake is perfect for picnickers, hikers, cyclists and beach goers alike. The lake, Black Creek, cattail marshes and bottomland hardwood swamps give Verona Beach one of the most diverse aquatic habitats in the Central Region, and well worth a hike on the "Woods and Wetland" nature trail.

If you want a wildlife viewing experience, take a long walk along and through one of the many restored wetlands located at the Nature Center at The Great Swamp Conservancy. They foster environmental, cultural and natural history education, promote outdoor recreation and preserve biological diversity.

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