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Lakeview Wildlife Management Area Wednesday, May 26th, 2010
Lake View Natural Beach

Lake View Natural Beach

Lakeview Wildlife Management Area
Fee: Southwick Beach State Park Entry Fee
Pets: Yes

Parking Area:
N43 45.889 W76 12.882 (Southwick State Park)

Trail Maps:
DEC Map – Lakeview Wildlife Area
Southwick Beach Trail Map

Fishing:  Lakeview Marsh Wildlife Management Area Ponds

Trail: Lakeview Natural Beach Trail
Distance: 6.5 miles (round trip) / Difficulty: Easy
GPS: N43 45.889 W76 12.882

Trail: Southwick Big Beach Trail
Distance: 0.7 miles (round trip)/ Difficulty: Easy

Trail: Southwick Big Dead Maple Tree Trail
Distance: 0.2 miles (round trip)/ Difficulty: Easy

Trail: Southwick Unnamed Trail
Distance: 1.2 miles (round trip)/ Difficulty: Easy

05/22/2010 (AdvGirl) – This was my initial visit to Southwick Beach, although my wife had been there several times.  Let me tell you, there is a lot of beach here.  Due to the time (and the heat) we opted for the Lakeview Beach trail.  After you move away from the State Park, there is so much beach and not a soul in sight.  The entire walk was on the sand with little to no elevation.  There are two wooden decks — one going to Lakeview Pond and the other, a lookout onto Floodwood Pond — to check out along the way.  As there were a few additional short trails in the area (and a fishing spot I want to try just minutes away from the park) a return trip for additional details will be forthcoming.

Lake Ontario From Lakeview Pond

Lake Ontario From Lakeview Pond

Boardwalk Between Floodwood Pond & Lake View Natural Beach

Boardwalk Between Floodwood Pond & Lake View Natural Beach

Natural Beach - Floodwood Pond Return Point

Natural Beach - Floodwood Pond Return Point

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Taughannock Falls State Park Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Taughannock "Upper Falls" - Gorge Trail

Taughannock Falls State Park
Fee: State Park Fees Apply
Pets: w/Restrictions

Parking Area: N42 32.307 W76 36.514 (Overlook)
Parking Area: N42 32.727 W76 35.969 (South Rim / Gorge)
Parking Area: N42 32.835 W76 35.786 (Picnic / Fishing)

Trail Map: Taughannock.com

Trail: North Rim
Distance: 1.5 miles (1-Way) / Difficulty: Easy
GPS: N42 32.766 W76 36.030

Trail: South Rim
Distance: 1.125 miles (1-Way) / Difficulty: Easy
GPS: N42 32.727 W76 35.969

Trail: Gorge Trail
Distance: 1.5 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Easy
GPS: N42 32.727 W76 35.969

Trail: Multi-use
Distance: 2.0 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Easy

05/01/2010 (AdvGirl) – We started this hike on the South Rim trail which is easily seen from the parking area.  Although I indicated “easy” for this hike, the multiple sets of stairs going to the rim can get you winded.  Once we were on the rim, the trail is very easy going from there.  A similar staircase is on the North Rim entrance, which seemed to be a less aggressive incline.  The South Rim connects to the North Rim trail over the upper falls and continues back to the South Rim parking lot.  From the same parking lot you will find the Gorge Trailhead.  This is a very easy paced hike to the lower observation area of the upper falls.  A nice set of easy trails connected to a very nice park filled with amenities.

Taughannock Falls - Lake Side

South Trim Trailhead

More South Rim Stairs ...

More South Rim Stairs ...

North Rim Trail

North Rim Trail

Taughannock Lower Falls - Gorge Trail

Gorge Trail

Gorge Trail View

Taughannock Upper Falls

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Camillus Erie Canal Park Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Canal Museum - Sims Store

Name: Camillus Erie Canal Park
Fee: Free
Pets: Yes

GPS: N43 03.160 W76 18.186
(Parking Lot – Sims Store)

Trail: Clinton Ditch Trail
Length: 1.2 miles (round trip) / Difficulty: Easy

Trail: Sims Store to Warners Road
Length: 4.0 miles (round trip) / Difficulty: Easy

Trail Maps:
Old Erie Canal Map
Inn to Inn – East Syracuse to Little Falls

Resources:
Erie Canalway: National Heritage Corridor
New York State Canalway Trails
The Erie Canal

The canal aqueduct in Camillus has a lot of history that goes with it.  Opened in 1845, the aqueduct allowed boats to travel above Nine Mile Creek.  Over the years, there has been a lot of time and money to complete its restoration and today it is “the only navigable aqueduct in the state.”  [1]

Visited:

> 12/31/2009 (AdvGirl, Steven, Lori, Bob, Nancy)
By the light of the full moon on New Year’s Eve, the “SNL” group did an evening hike from the parking area on Rt. 173 (Warner’s Road) to the aqueduct.  This late night hike was approximately 2.0 miles round trip.  Watch for snowmobiles on this trail at night.

> 03/09/2010 (AdvGirl)
Our first day visit to the canal park.  We parked at the Sims Store area and connected right out of the parking are with Clinton’s Ditch Trail.  We traveled along the .6 mile stretch to pickup a couple of geocaches and the merged back onto the main canal side trail.  We followed the canal side trail to the aqueduct and returned to the vehicle via the canal side trail all the way back.  Total length of the trip was 2.3 miles — all easy walking, even in the remaining snow.

Clinton's Ditch Trail View

Canal Side Trail View

Aqueduct Restoration

Camillus Canal Park

[1] McChesney, C. (2010, August 4).  Camillus Canal Aqueduct.  The Syracuse Post-Standard. pA-3