Less than 20 miles south of Syracuse, and just east of Lake Skaneateles is the quaint village of Tully, a vacation destination in a region known as the Chautauquas, and a place Theodore Roosevelt once called "The most American thing in America." Many of the vacation cottages on Tully Lake have been passed down through generations of families, making Tully Lake an extremely private and serene playground in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. Tully is a favorite getaway year round, with plenty of outdoor recreation in summer and winter; and with its proximity to Syracuse, Auburn, and Rochester, proximity to cultural centers and shopping makes it an even more desirable vacation spot.
Tully Lake Vacation Lodgings Close to Outdoor Recreation venues
Tully Lake is the largest of six glacial lakes all clustered together in the same area – individually they are Crooked Lake, Tracy Lake, Mud Lake, Green Lake, and Song Lake; collectively they are known as the Tully Lakes, and they are set in a wide valley bordered by the region’s trademark rolling hills. Tully Lakes is a favorite recreation spot for boaters, with its bay and many coves to explore. Vacation rentals on Tully Lake offer private lake access for kayaking, canoeing, sailing, and fishing. Many Tully Lake vacationers enjoy docks right in front of their vacation cottage rentals - a perfect launching pad for early morning swims in the crystal clear blue waters. Hiking trails in the nearby Svend O. Heiberg Memorial Forest and other hiking venues in and around Tully offer some of the country’s most awe-inspiring vistas. Magnificent waterfalls and dramatic gorges bring hikers from across the U.S. and Canada to the Onondaga Trail (a branch of the main Finger Lakes Trail) near Tully year round.
Wildlife at Tully Vacation Rentals
Tully Lake offers visitors opportunities to observe some spectacular regional wildlife: deer, beavers, muskrats, opossums, various species of turtles and salamanders, squirrels and chipmunks in and around the lake. Bird watchers are in luck, as this is one of North America’s best spots for observing Canadian geese, osprey, owls, crows, blue jays, mallards and other ducks, and may other bird species. From the porches of vacation rentals, visitors can spot the black squirrel, a genetic oddity belonging to this area of the Finger Lakes alone.
The Tully Lakes are great places to photograph in any season. The usually calm waters and gentle breezes attract wildlife to the lakefront, making for plenty of breathtaking photo opportunities.