One of the best picnic spots to cool off at and enjoy in the Syracuse area is Pratt’s Falls Park. Situated in the Town of Pompey at the top of a rocky gorge formed by the glaciers, this park not only offers cool picnic spots and trails but it also offers a glimpse of Onondaga County’s early history.
The land, some 500 acres was purchased in 1795 by Manoah Pratt and Abraham Smith. Pratt from Connecticut, eventually after making a suitable dwelling brought his wife and his father-in-law Solomon Loveland back with him. Loveland was a miller and surely helped with Pratt’s mill which was one of the first mills in Onondaga County. The mill, once a saw mill became a successful grist mill and Pratt expanded his interests in the community, its academy and its churches.
Many of the first Town of Pompey meetings were held in Pratt’s house. Pratt was also a mover in the establishment of the local churches becoming a founding member of The First Religious Congregational Society in the Town of Pompey in 1800.
The park features archery and orienteering and for only $1 you can picnic in the lush quiet of the forest from 8:30 am until 8:30 pm in the summer. So for a nice quiet and cool picnic, be sure to visit this historic piece of the Onondaga County Parks System.
The park is located at 7671 Pratt’s Falls Road, Manlius, New york and for more information you call call 315-682-5934 or email@example.com.