Pedal to some favorite waterfalls and through some fascinating parts of the city of Ithaca and its waterfront with a former Yosemite National Park ranger/naturalist, Finger Lakes native and Ithaca resident. The “enlightened” city of Ithaca owes its existence to water. It’s a major character in so many Ithaca stories from Erie Canal connections to the Underground Railroad, Lake Source Cooling, geologic origins, indigenous history, and agricultural roots. This leisurely bike ride explores the unique dynamic of land and water that has shaped everything from the size of the city to its premiere establishments of higher education. This 7-8 mile, mostly flat loop includes some very short walks to unique landmarks. The first half of the ride will bring the group through a couple of different historic neighborhoods and the second half of the journey will follow the Cayuga Waterfront Trail. Stops throughout the ride will include two dramatic waterfalls, three historic neighborhoods, the Ithaca Commons, Ithaca Farmers’ Market and Cayuga lakeshore. Locally-sourced snacks and drinks, that weave themselves into the stories told by the city, will be provided.
For those who enjoy biking or are willing to try it out, this tour is a perfect introduction to many of the different natural and cultural faces of the City of Ithaca. You’ll see the city, like a local and get to many places that cars can’t go.