CAYUGA-SENECA CANAL TRAIL:
GENEVA-SENECA FALLS, NEW YORK
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Last Updated: August 2, 2015
Length: Cayuga-Seneca Canal Trail; 4.5 miles
Ludovico Sculpture Trail; 0.7 miles
Difficulty: Cayuga-Seneca Canal Trail; Easy. Flat stone-dust rail trail.
Ludovico Sculpture Trail; Easy. Flat crushed gravel and grass trail.
For the Ludovico Sculpture Trail; From the junction of Routes 20 & 414 in Seneca Falls head south on Route 414 across the canal. Turn right on W Bayard St, then take your second right on Bridge St. There is on-street parking along your right or continue to Canal St and turn right to find parking by a small park. The old 1844 limestone Seneca Knitting Mills building is located here. This is the future site of the National Women's Hall of Fame. The trailhead starts at the end of Canal St just across Bridge St.
For the Cayuga-Seneca Canal Trail; From the junction of Routes 20 & 96 in Waterloo head south on Route 96 across the canal. Turn right on Huff St past Lock 4. Pass through a fence to a gravel parking lot and the trailhead.
The Cayuga-Seneca Canal Trail is a proposed 19 mile multi-use trail that will follow the Cayuga-Seneca Canal from Seneca Lake to the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. Currently two sections of the trail have been completed. From Waterloo west towards Geneva and Seneca Lake a section is complete and in Seneca Falls the trail follows the Ludovico Sculpture Trail. At Seneca Lake in Geneva, another trail, the Seneca Lake Waterfront Trail connects to the Cayuga-Seneca Canal Trail. The Cayuga-Seneca Canal connects the Erie Canal to Cayuga Lake and Seneca Lake of the Finger Lakes Region of New York. For more information visit; CAYUGA-SENECA CANAL TRAIL and CAYUGA-SENECA CANAL .
Ludovico Sculpture Trail:
Starting from Bridge St in Seneca Falls; The crushed gravel and grass rail trail travels west alongside the Cayuga-Seneca Canal past sculptures displayed along the way. It follows the old rail bed of the Lehigh Valley RR. Travel underneath the Veterans Memorial Bridge and come to an intersection. Head right along the canal and you'll soon loop back to the old rail bed at 0.7 miles. This is the end of the Sculpture Trail. The old rail bed continues right ending at Sucker Brook after 0.8 miles. I didn't check out this last 0.1 mile. Head left along the old rail bed and return to the intersection. Then continue to Bridge St for a 1.4 or 1.6 mile loop.
Cayuga-Seneca Canal Trail:
Starting from Huff St/Lock 4 in Waterloo; After checking out Lock 4 the trailhead begins at the far end of the fenced in parking area. Here you'll find 0 mile marker. Mile markers are located every 0.5 miles along the trail. The wide stone-dust trail follows the old rail bed of the Lehigh Valley RR. Follow the wooded corridor west and you'll finally come alongside the canal. After about a mile you'll follow along farmers fields on your left. Just past 2 miles you'll cross a wooden bridge over Kendig Creek. You then come back alongside the canal. Lose the canal again at 3.6 miles and at 4.3 miles cross an access road for Barrett Marine. You then cross an old RR bridge over the canal, pass by the 4.5 mile marker and come to Route 96A. I haven't checked out this last section which opened in 2018 and am not exactly sure how it connects to Seneca Lake State Park. A boardwalk then takes you underneath Route 96A and up and over the RR tracks then into the Service Area for Seneca Lake State Park. I'm guessing maybe 0.3 miles. You can then connect to Park Rd and the Seneca Lake Waterfront Trail .
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