Public Access site on the Cayuga Lake Blueway TrailMillersburg, OH (April 10, 2024) – The National Scenic Byway Foundation congratulates the Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway as a winner of our 2024 Byway Award for Byway Enhancement. This is one of the Foundation’s eight national awards presented annually.

The Cayuga Lake Blueway Trail is a program of the Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway as an enhancement to encourage engagement with the recreational, scenic, natural, historic, and cultural resources of the lake’s environment through on-the-water experiences. The Blueway Trail currently consists of 12 public access sites where paddlecraft recreationalists can access Cayuga Lake. From each launch site, two paddle routes are recommended. The trail is supported by on-site kiosks that give paddlers information about the two trips, a glimpse into what they will experience, safe-boating information, and best practices to protect the lake from invasive species.

Each Blueway Trail public access site to the lake has double-sided location signs visible from land-side and water-side to assist paddlers to know where they are on the lake. In addition, a waterproof pocket guide with information duplicating the kiosk information is available for purchase. Sales support future Blueway Trail initiatives. The Cayuga Lake Blueway Trail was developed through grants from New York State’s Local Waterfront Redevelopment Program involving all three counties served by the Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway. A Trail Access Partner Program will be offered to encourage lakeside businesses to provide additional landing/launch sites.

The Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway was established to showcase the scenic, natural, historic, and cultural resources of the 10,000-year-old, glacially-formed landscape of Cayuga Lake. The 87-mile loop Byway encompasses the entire length and width of Cayuga Lake taking travelers to a variety of engaging destinations including urban and village centers, wineries, waterfront parks and preserves, a nationally-dedicated wetland, museums, and unique shopping and dining experiences. The Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway, Inc., the not-for-profit managing organization, has introduced a geocache trail, birding trail, and a children/family program, along with the Blueway Trail, to encourage visitation to the many interesting destinations around the lake.

Sue Poelvoorde, of the Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway, credits the success of the Cayuga Lake Blueway Trail to the support of the greater Cayuga Lake community including the counties of Cayuga, Tompkins, and Seneca along with the lakeside communities who all value the quality of life afforded by Cayuga Lake. For additional information about the Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway and the Blueway Trail visit; or

The National Scenic Byway Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving as The National Voice of Scenic Byways and Roads, dedicated to strengthening Byways through education, training and shared expertise. It is the vision of the National Scenic Byway Foundation that our nation’s designated Byways will be recognized and valued worldwide for their distinctive experiences, stories, and treasured places. For more information visit;; or email:



Photo caption: Public Access site on the Cayuga Lake Blueway Trail

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