Now that the weather's getting nice, you'll want to get out there and enjoy it. Here's a list of some of Central New York's Best bike rides!

The Canal way Trail

The Canal way Trail offers scenic views and 14 miles of riding terrain from Rome to Utica. It's not unusual to spot a rabbit or a squirrel on this journey, and ducks and geese are often sunbathing too. The picturesque landscape and lush greenery make it one of the most enjoyable bike rides that Central New York has to offer.

The Erie Canal way Trail is becoming a “must do” destination for long distance trail tourists.

The Canal way even offers cycling tours. Call 800-777-8090 if you're interested.

Delta Lake Loop

The Delta Lake loop in Rome offers nearly 17 miles of paved trails. If you're hoping for a fun and challenging bike ride, choose this one. The Loop offers plenty of steep inclines and uphill climbs. The trails feature lake views and serene surroundings. During the summer months, mosquitoes like to try and pester bicyclists, but if you layer up on the insect repellant you'll be fine. After you're done riding cool off with a refreshing dip in Delta Lake!

Verona Beach Rail Trail

This beauty takes you through the woodlands of the former Lehigh Valley Railroad. In my opinion, it's one of the most scenic routes in all of Central New York. The actual trail is only 2 miles long but it connects to others along the way. Cycling enthusiasts will enjoy a total 8 miles of riding terrain.

Verona Beach State Park is located on the eastern shore of Oneida Lake. Shaded picnic areas and the campground are adjacent to the beach with an excellent view of the water. The lake, Black Creek, cattail marshes, and bottomland hardwood swamps give Verona Beach one of the most diverse aquatic habitats in central New York.

 

Oneida Rail Trail

I refer to this as the "breath taking bike ride." Not only is the journey visually appealing, but there are a few hills that may leave even the more seasoned cyclists gasping for air. Usually I choose to get off my bike and walk it up the inclines. The start of the trail is located on W. Elm Street in Oneida.  When you’re finished cycling this 12 mile trail, cool off with an ice cream cone at Christopher's!

 

Old Forge/Inlet Loop

Old Forge and springtime go hand and hand right? Yes! That's why you and your friends need to visit this gorgeous Central New York trail. When I think of Old Forge, I immediately think "outdoors;" so get that bike rack on your car and head north. This trail is nearly 22 miles long and is sure to please both novice and experienced cyclists. Bring plenty of healthy snacks to stay fueled, and bring your camera too. They'll be plenty of opportunities for snapping photos!