Thursday, August 20, 2015

Wellesley Island State Park

Thousand Islands Region
Jefferson Co.,
New York

Eel Bay Trail
Narrows Trail
South Bay Trail
Pond Loop Trail
Granite Trail
Middle Trail

Total Time: 1:15 hours
Estimated Distance: 3.33 mile

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Level of Recommendation: Recommended for a good hike in the area
Points Of Interest: Views along the water and islands

I had gone with my family on a camping trip to Wellesley Island in the Thousand Islands Region of New York. This area is very scenic, with over 1800 islands dotting the St. Lawrence River in the U.S. and Canada.The campground we had stayed at is a state park, and includes many short hiking trails along a scenic portion of the island.

I parked my car at the Minna Anthony Nature Center, and took the Eel Bay Trail about a mile alongside the water. The Eel Trail ends at the Narrows, which is a tight passageway between Wellesley Island and the island next door. The deep potholes are positioned at the intersection of the Eel Bay and Narrows Trail.

The Narrows Trail goes up and down a few times, and then turns into the South Bay Trail. I took the South Bay Trail to the Pond Loop Trail, going along the pond on the island, which I then took to the Granite Trail. The Granite Trail is a rocky area with large granite boulders and bedrock and sparse tree cover. At the end of the Granite Trail, I took the Middle Trail back to the nature center.

Map of the Route

Eel Bay

Eel Bay

Eel Bay

Eel Bay

Eel Bay

Granite Outcrop Plunging Into Eel Bay

Eel Bay

Cute Chipmunk

Boardwalk Along the Eel Bay Trail

Mosquito Island in Eel Bay

Potholes at the Eel Bay and Narrows Trail

Corner of Eel Bay and the Narrows.
I Saw a River Otter Here but was Unable to Get a Picture of it.

The Narrows

The Narrows

End of the Narrows

South Bay

Pond on the Island

Outlet of the Pond

Granite Outcrops on the Granite Trail

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