July 2 Sightseeing Activities – Green Lakes State Park
We spent 3 days and 2 nights in the East Syracuse, NY area. This blog post is a continuation of sightseeing activities on Sunday, July 2 (day 2 of our weekend getaway). In previous blog posts, I wrote about an unplanned stop in Manlius NY, a planned stop at Chittenango Falls State Park and our drive around Oneida Lake.
Our last sightseeing stop for the day was at Green Lakes State Park. Earlier this year we purchased an annual New York State Park Empire Pass that provides unlimited day use vehicle entry to most state parks and recreation facilities. Green Lakes State Park was one of three New York State parks at which we used our Empire Pass during our weekend getaway.
Green Lakes State Park features two small lakes, Green Lake and Round Lake, which have an unusual blue-green color. The lakes lie at the base of a gorge. The lakes and the gorge are remnants from the end of the last ice age, about 15,000 years ago. Green Lake and Round Lake are probably the remnants of the plunge pools of enormous waterfalls that existed during the ice age. As expected for plunge pools, the lakes are fairly deep in comparison to their area. Round Lake has a maximum depth of 170 feet: Green Lake has a maximum depth of 195 feet.
There is a level loop trail around Green Lake and Round Lake. There is a short trail between Green Lake and Round Lake that connects the two lakes. All together, the trail around the lakes is 3.25 miles. I can easily bicycle 3 miles on level ground; however, no bicycles are allowed on the trails around the two lakes. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to walk all the way around the two lakes, but that is what we planned when discussing our weekend getaway.
At its northern end, Green Lake has a sandy swimming beach, lawns for sunbathing and picnics, a building with changing facilities and a concession stand. Visitors can easily reach Green Lake and begin walking the trail around the two lakes from there.
When we arrived at Green Lakes State Park, it was too hot and humid for a pleasant walk around Green Lake and Round Lake. We decided to walk around Round Lake. We drove through the park, looking for easy access to Round Lake. We learned that the only ways to reach Round Lake was either by walking around Green Lake or by hiking down steep cliffs. We settled for a hike from the camp store near the Pine Woods Camping Area down to Round Lake and back up.
It was definitely worth the hike down to the lake! Look at that gorgeous blue/green color of the lake!
I would like to make a return trip to Green Lakes State Park and attempt the walk around both lakes. Perhaps a fall trip would be best, when the air is cooler and less humid.
Before returning to our hotel, we stopped for dinner at Grimaldi’s Ristorante. The restaurant is located within walking distance of the hotel at which we stayed.
We highly recommend this restaurant. The entrees were generously proportioned; the food was delicious; and the service was excellent.
Bob had Homemade Lasagna; I had Chicken Parmigiana, served with Rigatoni. Our meals included crusty bread and salad.
A plate of cotton candy served with the bill was totally unexpected. What a pleasant surprise! Neither of us has had cotton candy in a great many years.
In case you are wondering, we didn’t eat the entire plate of cotton candy. We left most of it behind!
We returned to the hotel at 6:00 pm, where we stayed in for rest of evening.