Sarah Novak 2017-04-05 01:54:46
Beginning east of the mouth of the Niagara River, this stretch of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail extends to Sodus Bay. Where British and Iroquois forces once landed on their way to besiege Fort Niagara is now part of Four Mile Creek State Park, with wildlife habitat, trails, and waterfront recreation. Wilson Harbor, with access to bay, river, and lake, is popular for boating, fishing, and an annual motorcycle gathering. Next along the lake shore is Olcott, with beaches, fishing, summer festivals, and a vintage-entertainment park. Excursions from the Seaway Trail south into farming country include McClew Farm, still a working orchard and once a station on the Underground Railroad, and Lockport, an Erie Canal city. Back on the lake shore, the Babcock House Museum offers seasonal events celebrating old-time farming. At Thirty Mile Point, in Golden Hill State Park, a lighthouse still presides over shore and water. Bird habitat is preserved at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, a side trip south. In the Cobblestone Historic District in the hamlet of Childs, and nearby, are several examples of cobblestone and mortar buildings, constructed in the mid- 19th century. From Kent to Carlton, fishing and boating in Lake Ontario and connecting waterways has been a way of life along the Seaway Trail for centuries. And from Hamlin Beach State Park to Braddock Bay, bird enthusiasts will find varied habitats and research programs. Where the Genesee River meets Lake Ontario, the city of Rochester offers lakeside and urban parks and historic neighborhoods connected by the Genesee Riverway Trail. Highlights also include the Charlotte-Genesee lighthouse, the Susan B. Anthony House and Museum, the Strong National Museum of Play, and the George Eastman Museum. People of the Seneca Nation, French explorers, and British troops came through Irondequoit Bay area centuries ago. Today’s residents and visitors enjoy recreation in and around the water in several parks and preserves. Invaded by the British during the War of 1812, Pultneyville’s now peaceful historic center features 19th-century American architecture, and is also a dive site. From Pultneyville a 17-mile excursion south to Palmyra visits another historic center along a canal. Sodus Point, at the largest bay on Lake Ontario, was also raided by British forces. Today the village features a lighthouse, parks and beaches, and fishing cruises. The Seaway Trail in this region extends to the lower end of the bay, once a busy shipping area. VISITOR INFORMATION Orleans County Tourism 14016 Route 31, Albion, NY 14411 800-724-0314 www.orleanscountytourism.com Wayne County Tourism 9 Pearl St., Lyons, NY 14489 800-527-6510 800-527-6510 www.waynecountytourism.com VisitRochester 45 East Ave., Rochester, NY 14604 585-279-8300 800-677-7282 www.visitrochester.com Top right: Photo courtesy of National Museum of Play at The Strong. At right: Oak Orchard Lighthouse. Photo credit: John Farrell.
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