Autumn Hikes

Author: Abby Case, SU | Class of 2017 |  Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics | Nutrition Major, Food Studies

We are well into the most glorious season of the year. Leaves have begun changing, our favorite flannels are out, and our lives are once again filled with crisp apples and radiant pumpkins.

But really, the most wonderful part of autumn is hiking! There is nothing better than getting off campus, breathing in fresh air, allowing your body to move and your mind to unimg_1505wind. It can often be way too easy to find yourself cooped up in your dorm room with the thought of finals looming in the distance. Now is your chance to give your mind a rest and your body an adventure! Even a brisk walk will improve your spirit.

If you have never considered yourself a hiker and would like to venture off campus for a wholesome walk, start at Green Lakes State Park or Onondaga Lake Park. The main trails of both parks follow the circumference of their beautiful lakes.

If you are looking for great places to hike as well as a great view of waterfalls, check out Pratt’s Falls, Tinker Falls, and Chittenango Falls.

If you find yourself more inclined to check out cliffs and caves, visit Clark Reservation State Park.

If you are looking for some quiet, solitary time in a beautiful wood, Highland Forest is your place.

If at this point you are really wishing you had a car to get to all of these beautiful locations, walk on over to Barry Park and enjoy an afternoon of picnicking, walking around the park, pond, or hiking one of the Morningside Cultural Trails.

There are so many wonderful parks in and around Syracuse to hike, walk or just enjoy. Spend your last few weeks in autumn exploring and engaging in this season of change!