Miles of reclaimed waterways and parklands make DeWitt, New York, the perfect place to visit for walking, biking or fishing.
Located along the shores of the old Erie Canal, the parks and natural areas of DeWitt offer an escape from the urban bustle of Syracuse. See how generations of local activism and care have preserved these public spaces just west of DeWitt for all kinds of endeavors.
Cast a line in Butternut Creek, whose 8 miles (13 kilometers) are stocked annually with trout for public fishing. Stroll or bike along the creek on one of the well-maintained paths and boardwalks.
Get adventurous and continue farther to connect with the 36-mile-long (57-kilometer) Old Erie Canal Historic Park, which meanders through the countryside to Rome, New York. Butternut Creek and the Old Erie Canal were once bustling transit hubs. Imagine the many packet boats and people as you enjoy the peace the area offers visitors today.
Golf at the public course at Drumlins Country Club or do some skate tricks indoors at the Black Mamba Skate Park.
Learn about local history by visiting the Jamesville Community Museum, located inside the historically registered St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, a classic example of 19th-century Gothic Revival architecture. Examine the local mineral exhibit or enjoy the rotating local history exhibits put on by volunteers.
Meander around the brick school buildings of Le Moyne College, the second-youngest Jesuit college in the United States. Climb the hill and admire the Federal-style splendor of the 19th-century Dr. John Ives House and its grounds, including a barn and smokehouse, as you look out across the quiet hum below.
Drive to DeWitt in 10 minutes from Syracuse University or a 4-hour drive from New York City. Fly into Syracuse Hancock International Airport, 20 minutes by car from DeWitt’s town center. Car rental is available at the airport.
Wholesome adventure awaits you in DeWitt, whose simple charm will inspire even the most stressed visitor to relax.