2.6 Miles / 4.2 km
Time to Hike:
1 hour, ~18 minutes
Surface Type:
Universal Access
Green Lakes State Park
Fayetteville, New York
43.053654, -75.968618
July 02, 2023
July 29, 2023
99 '

Total Change
157 '

157 '


The Green Lake Loop at Green Lakes State Park in Fayetteville, New York is an easy and ultra-popular 2-mile loop hike that encompasses a glacial lake that reflects vibrant shades of green and turquoise.

This is by far one of the most-popular hikes in the Syracuse, NY / Fayetteville, NY area - thus you will likely see people on this trail unless you show up right when the park opens on a weekday. Weekends are generally jam-packed at Green Lakes State Park, especially during the warm months.

Universal Access
Note that most, if not all of the flat and wide section of the Green Lake Loop Trail should be considered universally-accessible. The trail is mostly-flat and comprised of dirt, crushed stone, or concrete (near the beach). For universal access, park at the beach to access the trail as this parking lot listed is not accessible-friendly and includes a staircase.

Hike Description
Note that the GPS data for this hike begins along the connecting trail between Green Lake and Round Lake after exploring the Round Lake Loop; however, most visitors will start this hike near the beach area (north part of Green Lake). The total mileage for the Green Lake Loop Trail is ~2-miles; however, this GPS recording covers the same section of trail twice to reach the parking via a staircase that connects to the Green Lake Loop, hence the 2.6-mile total.

Regardless of where you begin this hike, the views along the Green Lake Loop are generally pretty stunning, especially if you go on a sunny day. Hikers will find views almost everywhere along the trail, with the exception of some portions of the western-side of the loop. The trail itself is mostly-flat and wide with minimal elevation change along the way.

The north side of the trail includes the beach area where hikers will find restrooms and park stores that sell drinks and food.

The GPS coordinates for parking here will bring hikers to a quiet parking lot at Green Lakes State Park, located between Round Lake and Green Lake. There are a couple of ways to reach the lakes from this parking lot, but neither are super obvious. If you wish, you can try parking near the Green Lake beach, which is by far the most-popular spot to park, and it gets crowded there quick. If you plan to park at the beach, follow park signs upon entry.

Dogs are allowed only if leashed and must be cleaned up after.

As of July, 2023 there's a $10 entry fee for vehicles at Green Lakes State Park.

Water Source
Hikers will find water stations throughout the park including stores where you can also buy bottled water.

Explore 10 trails near Fayetteville, NY
  1. Parking

    43.053654, -75.968618
  2. Main Trailhead

    43.049454, -75.971597
  3. View of Green Lake (turquoise waters)

    43.049644, -75.969794
    View of Green Lake (turquoise waters)
  4. View of Green Lake (turquoise waters)

    43.050128, -75.969414
    View of Green Lake (turquoise waters)
  5. View of Green Lake (turquoise waters)

    43.0523, -75.967553
    View of Green Lake (turquoise waters)
  6. View of Green Lake (turquoise waters)

    43.052753, -75.966325
    View of Green Lake (turquoise waters)
  7. View of Green Lake (turquoise waters)

    43.053497, -75.965272
    View of Green Lake (turquoise waters)
  8. View of Green Lake (turquoise waters)

    43.055231, -75.964225
    View of Green Lake (turquoise waters)
  9. View of Green Lake (turquoise waters)

    43.055886, -75.962897
    View of Green Lake (turquoise waters)
  10. View of Green Lake (turquoise waters)

    43.055861, -75.962897
    View of Green Lake (turquoise waters)
  11. View of Green Lake (turquoise waters)

    43.052044, -75.964469
    View of Green Lake (turquoise waters)
  12. Restrooms

    43.053122, -75.967797
No community routes found. To add your own hike as a Community Route for this Trail guide, leave a Trip Report with an attached GPX file.


Ticks - Lyme Disease More Info (CDC)



Blaze Color


Photo Albums

2 Trip Reports

No Star-Ratings
Trail Guide By:
Admin user profile picture
2.6 miles / 4.2 km
Trail added
July 02, 2023
Hiked on
July 01, 2023
Updated on
July 29, 2023
2.6 miles / 4.2 km
July 01, 2023

Weather Forecast

In Fayetteville, NY

Explore Hiking Trails

New Hikes

Boulder Falls Trail
0.2 Miles
0.3 km
Sprague Lake Trail
0.8 Miles
1.3 km
Albert Birch Ruins and Cabin Trail
0.4 Miles
0.6 km
Bear Lake Trail
0.8 Miles
1.3 km

Before you leave...

MyHikes is an indie web platform aimed to make exploring public trails easier for everyone. The site has no investors and is owned and operated by one person, Dave Miller (Founder & Admin). As the Founder, main contributor, and doer-of-all-things for MyHikes, I share my trips with over-detailed write-ups for fun on a volunteer basis and I believe that public trail information should be available to everyone.

It takes a lot of time 🕦, money 💰, and effort (including espresso shots ☕) to run MyHikes, including hiking , mapping , writing , and publishing new trails with high-quality content... along with building new features, moderating, site maintainance, and app development for iOS and Android . I simply ask that if you find MyHikes' trail guides helpful to please consider becoming a Supporter to help keep the site, iOS, and Android apps available to everyone.

Supporters unlock website and in-app perks with a one-time payment of $25 (you renew) 😎👍. Or you can simply make a Donation of your choice without a MyHikes user account. Otherwise, telling your friends about MyHikes is the next-best thing - both quick and free 🎉

Thanks for visiting MyHikes and have a great hike!️

Admin user profile picture

Dave Miller
MyHikes Founder & Admin