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Ilion to Horseheads Ride Preview

 

This 193 mile ride (see ride page) begins at the Waterfront Grille on the Erie Canal in Herkimer, NY. 90 minute Erie Canal Cruises leave from the Grille every day at 1pm and 3pm ($19).

 

 

Waterfront Grille

 

 

 

Cross the Mohawk River to Ilion and ride Route 51 south through spectacular Ilion Gorge (video).

 

 

Ilion Gorge

 

 

Next take some nice rolling farm roads over to scenic Route 20. Ride route 20 west to Cazenovia and get ready for some fun. Route 13 (video) is a great twisty road that goes past gorgeous Chittenago Falls State Park. It is well worth the $3 to park and take the short walk over to the Falls: http://nysparks.com/parks/attachments/ChittenangoFallsTrailMap.pdf

 

 

Chittenago Falls

 

 

After riding along Oneida Lake, the ride follows Route 174 south to the pretty town of Skaneateles. There is metered on street parking near the gazebo (views and restrooms). The Sherwood Inn is a good lunch choice and do not forget dessert at Patisserie (see map below):

 

 

Skaneateles Map

 

 

 

After Skaneateles, the ride continues west on Route 20 to Auburn on Cayuga Lake. From Auburn the route follows some country roads over to Geneva and Seneca Lake. The ride finishes with a nice ride south on Route 14 along the west shore of Seneca Lake past vineyards (try HJ Wiemer Vineyards or Lakewood Vineyards) to Watkins Glen and finally Horseheads.