A Unique Walking Trail Network
Uniting the Community in Celebration of its
Art & History, Architecture & Culture, Science & Nature, and Recreation & Fitness

The Morningside Cultural Trails (MCT) network includes over 7 miles of walking trails on Syracuse’s Eastside, each with its own distinctive experience. It currently consists of the Main Loop Trail (5 miles), Public Arts Pathway, Oakwood Tree Trail, Oakwood History Trail, Oakwood Ghost Trail, 5K Loop Trail, Meadowbrook Pond Trail, Nature Trail and “Monday Mile” Barry Park Route. The trails traverse three neighborhoods, highlighting ​their many cultural, historic, literary, artistic, scientific, and recreational treasures. Additional trails will be developed within the coming year.

Syracuse Community Geography students worked with Paul Harvey, a local urban trail enthusiast and Creative Communities Facilitator, in the spring of 2015 to produce a trail map. Large versions of the trail map can be found displayed on kiosks at Barry Park and Ed Smith Elementary School. The Main Loop Trail connects Oakwood Cemetery, Morningside Park, Syracuse University, Ed Smith School and Barry Park.

MCT is a coalition of:
The Ed Smith PTO, SUNY ESF, Syracuse University and Oakwood Cemetery (with its support group HOCPA Historic Oakwood Cemetery Preservation Association) that collaboratively maintain the trails. Many other community groups, human service agencies, cultural institutions, government and business organizations have joined in with the Westcott Community Center, Boy Scout Troop 1, ESF student activities group, the Everson Museum, Onondaga Historical Association, Barry Park Association, and Nottingham High School Key Club and Honor Society.