Waterfalling Near Skaneateles
by Sue Freeman
Waterfalling is the sport of visiting waterfalls. Because of its glacial history and geologic features, the Finger Lakes Region is loaded with waterfalls – all waiting for your discovery. Some can be seen from the seat of your car; others require a very short walk. Still others require a long walk or hike. The ultimate in adventure waterfalling comes when you get your feet wet and walk up a shallow stream to climb small waterfalls and eventually stand spellbound at the base of a mighty cataract. This form of waterfalling is labeled creekwalking.
Sterling Lake Shore Park & Nature Center
15730 Jensvold Rd., off Rt. 104A
Sterling, NY 13156
This spectacular 1400-acre site, with nearly two miles of Lake Ontario shoreline, features glacially formed bluffs with scenic vistas of Lake Ontario. Hiking and cross-country ski trails available. Sterling Nature Center has 700 acres of no hunting and 700 acres of open hunting. Call for listing of nature classes, exhibits and events.
Erie Canalway Trail (Port Byron to Camillus)
In 1825 the Erie Canal (a.k.a. Clinton’s Ditch) opened with great fanfare. It stretched 363 miles across New York State and made it possible for barges to travel between Buffalo and Albany in just under 6 days.
Cayuga By the Byway: Natural Wonders of Cayuga County:
A trip around the Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway offers stiking places of beauty and natural wonder. Cayuga lake itself, the rolling farmlands, the marvelous waterfalls and gorges all contribute to a sense of bounty and connection to nature. Here are just a few:
Emerson Park offers something for the whole family to enjoy. Picnicking, swimming, boating, sport fishing, playgrounds, theater, concerts and history are among the many attractions you will find at Emerson Park on the north shore of beautiful Owasco Lake.