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Butternut Drive to Kirkville Rd


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This six mile section of the Old Erie Canal Trail in Central New York may be the most popular section of the trail in the Syracuse area.  Don't expect to be alone if your planning a hike or bike along the trail.  Cedar Bay Picnic Area is located off this section of the trail in Dewitt.  There are large parking area's located at most of the road crossings. 

Be sure to check out the aqueducts at Butternut Creek and Limestone Creek.  There are also bridges over the canal that lead to the Butternut Creek Recreational Area, Cedar Bay Picnic Area as well as Green Lakes State Park, plus a bridge over the canal near Limestone Creek.  This is the Limestone Creek Trail, which leads to the village of Fayetteville as it travels along a feeder canal as well as the scenic Limestone Creek.

The Old Erie Canal Trail is a very level trail that is very easy walking or biking for everyone.  Look below for a few pictures and maps to help you plan your adventure on this stretch of the Old Erie Canal Trail.

There are five main parking areas located along the trail on this stretch of the Old Erie Canal Trail. Look below for info and GPS information on each parking area.
  • Butternut Drive Parking Area - large parking area. GPS - N43 02.665 W76 03.037
  • Cedar Bay Parking Area - parking, picnic area plus rest rooms. GPS - N43 02.600 W76 02.241
  • Burdick Street Parking Area - small parking area & shelter. GPS - N43 02.612 W76 01.259
  • Manlius Center Parking Area - large parking area near JCT of NY 257/NY 290. GPS - N43 03.236 W76 00.024
  • Kirkville Road Parking Area - large parking area. GPS - N43 04.206 W75 56.949

Trail & Canal near Cedar Bay

Bridge to Green Lakes State Park
Mileage Description

Butternut Drive parking area. Immediately cross Butternut Creek Aqueduct. Bridge on right is the Butternut Creek Trail that leads to the Butternut Creek Recreational Area.


Trail on right leads over bridge to Cedar Bay Picnic Area (Rest Rooms)


Cross North Burdick Street (parking).

2.1  Cross Limestone Creek Aqueduct and then reach bridge on right to Limestone Creek Trail.

Cross NY 290 and on the left is Manlius Center Parking Area.


Bridge on right leads to NY 290 & Green Lakes State Park.


Cross Kirkville Road and reach Kirkville Rd parking area.



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