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Along the Byway

A series of articles about some of the many themes that you can experience on the Byway.

Bicycling the Byway is Even Way More Cool!

At the end of 2016, the 8-mile section of New York State Parks’ Black Diamond Trail was officially opened for business. The trail follows the old Lehigh Valley Railroad line that ran between Ithaca and Geneva and takes its name from the famous engine that hauled the train between its destinations. So now, you can bicycle another off-road stretch around Cayuga Lake and transport yourself back in time to the days of railroad transportation.

The 8-mile Black Diamond Trail along with the 5.5-mile Cayuga Waterfront Trail combine to allow you to ride from the city of Ithaca to Taughannock Falls State Park all off-highway. This is a great opportunity for families and those a little skittish about bicycling on roads. Check out the Cayuga Waterfront Trail’s website,, for more details about destinations and events along the trail.

Traveling the Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway by bicycle allows you to engage more deeply with the landscape and is another Byway experience you really should try. The trip need not be done in one or even two days. Breaking the trip up into multiple legs will give you an opportunity to experience all that makes the Byway a worthy destination. Stop by road side stands for special local treats, dip your toes in the lake to cool off at the local and state parks, indulge in an ice cream sundae (yup, even on your bike you can do our Sundae Drive), sip a glass of Cayuga Lake’s splendid wine at the end of your ride as you sit on the porch of a beautiful bed and breakfast bathed in the warmth of the setting sun.

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