Discover, Explore, and Experience Cayuga Lake

Cayuga Lake, the longest and second deepest of the Finger Lakes, has provided residents and visitors throughout the centuries with water transportation connection to the world beyond; food; and recreation in the form of pleasure boating, swimming or quiet contemplation along its shores. To celebrate this treasured body of freshwater, leaders of the communities around the lake came together to showcase the historic, natural and cultural assets that tell the story of the significance of Cayuga Lake to our past, present, and future.


Supported by two New York State sponsored programs, Scenic Byways and Local Waterfront Revitalization, we share the stories through land and water experiences of Cayuga Lake. Either way you travel, ENJOY THE RIDE!


National Scenic Byway Foundation’s
2024 Byway Annual Awards Program
Recognizes the Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway!

YAY to our team of dedicated volunteers and support from our three county governments for developing the Cayuga Lake Blueway Trail program. The Blueway Trail was selected for the National Scenic Byway Foundation’s 2024 Byway Enhancement award. We couldn’t be more proud! We strive to develop programs that enrich residents and visitors experiences with the Cayuga Lake landscape, learning about the history, culture, and natural features of the area.

Sharon Strouse, Executive Director of the National Scenic Byway Foundation, announced the awards in a press release on April 10th. “From about 1000 designated Byways in America and their state byway collections, 8 Byway Awards are chosen for recognition by the National Scenic Byway Foundation annually.  We celebrate the hard work, the dedication of volunteers, and the creativity of the byway leaders involved in these 2024 Byway Award Winners.”

Click on the link to download information about the Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway’s award:

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Red car driving along the Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway in the fall with leaves turning colors
From the Ithaca Commons at the south end, to the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge at the north end, and all the wonderful places…
Boats on Cayuga Lake with a Pink Sunset
Adventure awaits you on the Cayuga Lake Blueway Trail. The map below shows the locations of the public access sites available for you…
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A Sample of the Byway Adventures That Await You!

Check out our latest video to see all the wonderful things you’ll experience when you come visit us!

Learn more about Visit the Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway
View of the 217-foot high Taughannock Falls from the Overlook

Need Some Ideas For Your Trip?

Head on over to our Itineraries page to spark some ideas of the adventures you can have visiting the Cayuga Lake area. Of course, not to be missed is spectacular Taugannock Falls, all 215-feet of it.

Learn more about Intineraries
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Awaiting you in 2024 on the Blueway Trail!

The Village of Unions Springs, located along the east side of Cayuga Lake, installed our first ADA paddlecraft launch for the Blueway Trail. It’s a beauty!

Learn more about Blueway Trail