Oneida County, New York is a road cyclist’s dream. There are hundreds of miles of State highways and well maintained local roads with relatively low traffic that connect welcoming small towns and villages. Even the largest communities – the Cities of Utica and Rome – are easily accessible and provide plenty of amenities for bicycle tourists. There are very few unpaved roads in the area and the majority are suitable for riding. If you prefer to ride where the locals ride and rely on the advice of others, check out ​​ to search curated rides for all abilities and interests.

Rome, New York is the historic starting place of the first dig of the Erie Canal in 1817. Join the fun of the annual ​Cycle The Erie​ bike tour, a 400-mile fully supported ride along the legendary Erie Canalway Trail, part of New York’s 750-mile Empire State Trail system. For a shorter organized ride, start with the ​Tour the Towpath​, ​a 36-mile long land and water trail between DeWitt and Rome in Central New York. It follows a portion of the Erie Canal which was active between 1825 and 1917.

Some of the best ridings in Oneida County are on the backroads. Locally-owned bicycle tour operators provide customized itineraries and truly unique experiences based on decades of cycling throughout Oneida County’s landscape. As mountain biking interest grows throughout the U.S., trails in Oneida County have remained uncrowded and tranquil. The Black River Environmental Protection Area (BREIA) Trails ​​ provides year-round outdoor adventure people of all ages including, mountain biking, hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.

With nearly 2,000 campsites, you’ll find the perfect spot to pitch a tent or park the RV. Take your pick of adventures ranging from ropes courses to hiking and horseback riding, kayaking Class III rapids on Fish Creek to paddling the serene waterways of the historic Erie Canal. Soak up the sun on a beach getaway to ​Sylvan Beach​ featuring two miles of sandy beaches and an amusement park! This quintessential laid back beachfront community is the perfect family destination for boating and waterskiing on the pristine waters of Oneida Lake, the largest inland lake by volume in upstate New York. And Oh, the fishing! Oneida Lake is a Bass master’s dream. Summer sunsets over Oneida Lake are a spectacular sight to behold.

Oneida County is the ideal getaway destination for adventures in the great outdoors. Visit​ for more information on events, where to stay and what to do! Find us on Facebook @oneidacountyny and Instagram @ocnewyork. Call 800-426-3132 or visit us online to order a FREE travel guide. Safe travels! #ocnewyork

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