New York's Thousand Islands Region is home to amazing scenery and an abundance of summer hiking trails. If you are planning a vacation there this year, you may want to consider visiting a few of my favorite hiking spots. Here's a quick look at five of them:
Southwick Beach State Park
Southwick Beach State Park is located in Jefferson County. It features slightly over 2 miles of summer hiking trails. In my opinion, the 1.2 mile long Big Oak Trail and the 0.6 mile long Big Dead Maple Trail are ideal for the casual hiker. Trail highlights include a boardwalk that provides excellent views of the dunes, Lakeview Pond and Lakeview Marsh. I should also mention that the dunes are often full of poison ivy. Therefore, I would suggest that hikers remain on the designated trails.
Robert G. Wehle State Park
Robert G. Wehle State Park is located in Jefferson County. It features over 12 miles of hiking trails. I would suggest that summer hikers consider exploring either the 4.90 mile long Snakefoot Trail or the 1.87 mile long Dancing Gypsy Trail. Trail highlights include remnants of WWII military action, multiple picnic locations and incredible views of Lake Ontario.
Wellesley Island State Park
Wellesley Island State Park is located in Jefferson County. It features over 8 miles of summer hiking trails. I'd suggest that hikers consider taking the 1.1 mile long Eel Bay Trail to the Narrows Trail. It connects to several other trails that may be used to make a loop back to the Eel Bay Trailhead. Trail highlights include a butterfly house, berry bushes and great views of the water.
Point Au Roche State Park
Point Au Roche State Park is located in Clinton County. It features over 10 miles of hiking trails. I would suggest that summer hikers consider taking the 2.3 mile long Treadwell Bay Trail or the 4.1 mile long Long Point Trail. The Treadwell Bay Trail has a comfort station. Trail highlights include sweeping views of Lake Champlain, bird watching opportunities, ample shady spots and sandy beaches. Birds to look for include owls and osprey.
Higley Flow State Park
Higley Flow State Park is located in St. Lawrence County. It features over 6 miles of easy, scenic hiking trails. Some sections of the trails are shaded. I would recommend that hikers consider taking the 3.42 mile long Cedar Brook Trail or the 1.67 mile long Overlook Trail. Trail highlights include views of the water and interpretive panels that provide a bit of information about the area.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys summer sports and recreation. She has also traveled extensively.
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