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Clark Reservation State Park is a geologic wonder of the last ice age and a botanist's paradise. The park's natural features include rugged cliffs and rocky outcrops, woodland and meadow, a wetland and a glacial plunge basin lake in which the surface waters and bottom waters do not mix. Fishermen can catch pickerel, bullheads and sunfish; while birdwatchers may observe cedar waxwings, kingfishers and woodpeckers. Guided nature walks leave from the Nature Center building, which also offers numerous exibits. Hikers may choose from five trails, including the cliff trail, which has a ledge overlook 175 feet above the water.

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3 months ago

This is a gorgeous trail, but a few caveats: First, it is not suitable for small children. Secondly, on the Cliff Trail, there is a lot of skipping from rock to rock, which will be difficult and may be dangerous for people who lack agility or balance. Thirdly, if you go up the steps from the Lake Trail to the Cliff Trail on the southwest side of the lake, you will probably huff and puff seriously. On the other hand, if you are in fairly good shape, (not necessarily athletic), all of these challenges could be fun.

The views of the lake from the top of the cliff and from its shore were stunning in mid-October (foliage color season). The best view is from the picnic shelter near the parking, so don’t miss that.

We saw hand-written signs in several places along the lake shore saying “do not enter; quicksand”. Although these signs looked unofficial and amateurish, I chose not to test their claim. The wet mud did look sticky enough to loose a shoe in it at least.

Note: I think the rating of this trail should be raised from easy to moderate.

Nice views with lots of fun rock scrambles !

There are easy, moderate and harder trails to choose from so I can bring my kids or do the more difficult on my own! Beautiful sites, amazing natural wonders!

I wouldn't rate it as a difficult trail. It had some patches where you had to scramble around the rocks but nothing too strenuous. I would rate this one moderate.

scrambling up and down rocks nurtures the Capricorn goat in me. satisfying woods. one trail goes along a power line, you can exit it in a couple places and get back into woods

it was a beautiful sight, definitely great. would not being young kids. went early morning and it was great until the skeeters came out. definitely recommend bringing lots of water and a can of bug spray :)

definitely wouldn't bring young kids, on the trails. but a great time!

7 months ago

I love sky too, you couldn’t ask for a better hike close to the city.

Been going here for years. Always an adventure.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

We'll marked trails with very good winter views. Lots of cool rock formations.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

This place is the best place to ride in Syracuse. If you go the right there are some awesome abandoned buildings as well.

Awesome trail. Many rocks to climb up. Would be a great adventure for the family.

Fun adventure to be had here with the family. Plenty of exploring to do and some very seinic views.

One of my favorites in the Syracuse area!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Very unusual area and wide variety of views and terrains.

Monday, July 31, 2017

great trail. worth the trip with a dog

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

This trail is actually located at Clark Reservation State Park. It's my favorite local state park with tons of criss-crossing trails. Lots of stunning rock outcroppings.

was a nice trail!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

This should be called Clarks Reservation State Park trail as that is where it is located. There is no trail around Jamesville Reservoir which is a couple of miles away. There is an admission fee to the park but is free after Labor Day.

mountain biking
Sunday, September 11, 2016

Best mtb in the area

Monday, September 05, 2016

Easily the best mountain bile trail network in the Syracuse area. The trail system provides terrain for all skill levels with easier terrain in beginning and more difficult terrain as you get towards the quarry.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Great trail for hiking. Has numerous trails for all level of hikers.

Sunday, June 26, 2016


Thursday, May 19, 2016

great for an afternoon hike/walk just to be out there.

Friday, January 29, 2016

*Cliff Trail* @ Clark Reservation State Park. This is a fun walk through the woods. We really enjoy the cliff trail. My kids call it "The rock climbing place" (See my picture as to why). We only wish it led to somewhere other than a private property field of power lines. There is a nice playground for the kids at the beginning of the trails and there are basketball and volleyball courts on the property and picnic areas. It is usually pretty empty as far as other people which is what we like.

Thursday, January 07, 2016

on Skytop

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Good trails with varying difficulty. I would say more easy/moderate. Some steep uphills and downhills. I went on a day it rained so I did slip a bit (and fell twice) so it would be better on a sunny day. Also the trails are not marked..... at all! make sure you bring a GPS unless you want to take the scenic route (lost) like I did.

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