Mill Island Trail

September 9th, 2013
Mill Island Trail

Mill Island Trail

Mill Island Trail
Fee: None
Pets: Yes (with leash)
Fishing allowed
* I’m not sure if this trail is designated as having handicap access, but I believe it may be possible.

Parking:
Lock 24 Parking: N43 09.364 W76 19.939
There is very limited parking at the end of Marble Street, possibly room for a vehicle or two.  You should not park in front of houses on Marble Street as several signs will remind you.  However, there is public parking at Canal Lock #24.

Trails:
Trailhead Gate: N43 09.368 W76 19.757
Distance: 0.6 miles roundtrip
Difficulty: Easy

09/08/2013 (Advgrl, Steven) – This is a very easy trail that offers plenty of fishing access trails on both sides.  At the end of the trail you’ll see both sides of the Seneca River which this strip of land splits.  As of this visit, there was a geocache just off the trail.

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Bear Swamp State Forest

January 13th, 2013
Red Trail Entrance

Red Trail Entrance

Bear Swamp State Forest
Fee: None
Pets: Yes (with leash)
Bikes, Snowmobile, Skis allowed

Resources:
New York State Parks – Bear Swamp State Forest
CNYHiking – Bear Swamp
DEC Trail Map – PDF

Trails:
Red Trail – Distance: 3.7 miles roundtrip
Difficulty: Easy
Parking at Harnett Road

Blue Trail – Distance: 3.8 miles roundtrip
Difficulty: Easy / Moderate
Parking at Curtin Road

Yellow Trail – Distance: 6.4 miles roundtrip
Difficulty: Easy / Moderate
Parking off Iowa Road

(2013-01-13 – Advgrl) We took advantage of the January thaw and decided to visit Bear Swamp State Forest.  We opted for the red trail, which was very wet (as was to be expected) in spots.  The air temperatures were so warm today that snow made a fog like appearance that really looked surreal.  Time and foot gear cut us a little short on completing the entire red trail, but this spot will be visited again in the spring.

View along the red trail

View along the red trail

 

Creek crossing the red trail

Creek crossing the red trail

 

Devil’s Hole / Whirlpool State Park

September 11th, 2012

 

Devil’s Hole – Staircase

Devil’s Hole State Park
Fee: None
Pets: Yes (with leash)
Bikes: No

Resources:
New York State Parks – Devil’s Hole
NYFalls – Devil’s Hole State Park
New York State Parks – Whirlpool
NYFalls – Whirlpool State Park
Scott A. Ensminger – Devil’s Hole

Trail:
Distance: 3.7 miles roundtrip
Difficulty: Difficult (descent) Easy (gorge trail)

(2012-09-01) This was Kevin and my initial trip to Devil’s Hole. Our primary purpose was to scout out the fishing access on the Niagara. The park itself is free and the majority of the trail was easy walking. However, the staircase down at Devil’s Hole is a cardiac workout. Save some energy for the walk back! Overall, there were some places that you could get to the water to fish, but caution is needed as a wrong step or two and you could find yourself trying to fight the currents of the Niagara River. We focused primarily on two locations. Saw fish but caught nothing. The trail at Devil’s Hole connects to the trail at Whirlpool State Park. The staircase for the Whirlpool is indicated on the map, but we didn’t take it. In all, our round trip was 3.7 miles.

 

Bank side – Devil’s Hole

 

View of the power plant.

 

Cave along the trail

 

Rock face …

 

Whirlpool