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. The Trail is 5.5 miles long, with 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.
You can learn more about pedaling or paddling the Cayuga Waterfront, as well as it’s design. Please follow the trail rules when enjoying the CWT. Click here to learn more about volunteering or giving to the trail.
Trailheads make for a great place to enter the CWT. From there, you can get to many destinations or simply enjoy the trail.
Cass Park Trailhead: 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. -Parking at Cass Park Ice Rink / Parking at Ithaca Children's Garden/Black Diamond Trail
Stewart Park Trailhead: The Stewart Park trailhead can be found at the entrance of Stewart Park off of Rt. 13. The park can be accessed by walking, biking, car, or public transit. Take Route 13 on a TCAT bus to be dropped off directly in front of Stewart Park. Bike racks are located along the trail and bikes can be rented from the Ithaca Youth Bureau, just before reaching the park on James L. Gibbs Dr. - Parking directions via Google Maps
Ithaca Farmers Market Trailhead: The Famer’s Market at Steamboat Landing trailhead can be found behind the market on the South end. - Parking directions via Google Maps
Cass park to the Inlet: 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 to Farmers Market: 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.
Farmer’s Market to Stewart Park and Visitor’s Center: 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.