Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Hiking the Thousand Islands #1000islands

Hiking the Thousand Islands

1000 Islands #1000islands

Happy New Year! For us, January begins the countdown until we return to our summer camp in the Thousand Islands.  Even though we have been spending our summers at the River (the St. Lawrence Seaway) for almost 30 years, it wasn't until a few years ago that we began to discover just how many awesome hiking trails there are, in the area. And just when we think we've discovered them all, we learn of others. We have already had so many breathtakingly beautiful hikes within a relatively short distance that we figured we had better start a list so we could keep track of them all.  Figuring it might be of interest to others, especially those who are new to, or just visiting the area, we thought we would share our list here and then, in subsequent weeks, share pictures and more details of each specific trail. But for starters, here is our most up-to-date list with links, where available, to trail maps and park or site information. The majority of the sites are either State Parks or area Land Trusts (Thousand Islands Land Trust and Indian River Lakes Conservancy).  We are also including a map showing the general location of these trails.

While this list includes all of the trails we have hiked so far, even as we post it, we are aware of new trails being completed, along with a couple of spots we didn't get to yet. We will update this main page as needed and will continue to link to our own photos and details of our adventures on each of the trails. Please feel free to let us know of any corrections or Thousand Islands area trails we might have missed (we’d love to go hike them in addition to passing them on to you)! Stay tuned to this blog for further hiking updates. But for now, grab your walking sticks, bug spray, and hiking shoes, and let's head out to the woods!

Bob and Patty’s Most Excellent Thousand Islands Hiking Trail List

Trail map (PDF)

Wellesley Island State Park  

Trail map (PDF)

- Eel Bay Trail

- Middle Trail/Pond Loop

- Marsh/Cottage Trails

- South Bay Trail

- The Narrows

Chippewa Bay Trail

Redwood Hill Preserve (Overlook Trail, 7 Oaks Trail) 

Trail map (PDF)

Grand Lake Reserve

Trail map (PDF)

- Eagle Marsh Trail

- Butterfield Lake Trail 

- Grass Lake Overlook

- Sugarhouse Trail

- North Ridge Trail

Zenda Farms

Trail map (PDF)

Jacques Cartier  

Trail map (PDF)

- Krooked Kreek Trail

- Freedom Trail

- Old Tote Trail

- Tucker’s Trail

Grass Point StatePark  

Trail map (PDF)

Keewayden StatePark  

Trail map (PDF)

Kring Point State Park -Morgan Island .6 mile loop trail.

Sissy Danforth Rivergate Trail 

Trail map (PDF)

Sissy Danforth Rivergate (Clayton)

Sissy Danforth Rivergate (Redwood)

Sissy Danforth Rivergate (Philadelphia)

Sissy Danforth Rivergate (Rivergate)

Pulpit Rock State Forest (including Paine Lake and Pulpit Rock) -

Includes Payne Lake’s public access (an awesome photo op site).
Note: At first we could not find it for quite some time (we think one of the roads no longer exists) - we’ll include our directions) so we never got to explore the two trails (seems like no one else has, either - maybe next summer). But we did stop at Payne Lake and visited the amazing Pulpit Rock itself (both were worth the trip). 

Coming soon -

Wellesley Island State Park new trails

Gerald Ingerson Preserve 

“When through the woods, and forest glades I wander,

And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.

When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur

And hear the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.

Then sings my soul, My Savior God, to Thee,

How great Thou art! How great Thou art!”

- Carl Gustav Boberg, 1885

Thousand Islands Trail Map (click on it to see it larger):
1. Chippewa Bay Trail
2. Macsherry Trail
3. Sissy Danforth Rivergate Trail (Four Trailheads)
 (Redwood, Clayton, Rivergate, Philadelphia)
4. Otter Creek Trails
5. Jacques Cartier State Park
6. Redwood Hill Preserve
7. Grand Lake Reserve
8. Foster Blake Woods Preserve
9. Zenda Farms Preserve
10. Keewayden State Park
11. Wellesley Island State Park
12. Grass Point State Park
13. Kring Point State Park -Morgan Island  
14. Pulpit Rock (including Pulpit Rock State Forest, Paine Lake and Pulpit Rock)

Be sure to see:
Hiking the Thousand Islands...Introduction.

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Wellesley Island State Park.

Hiking the Thousand Islands...The Macsherry Trail.

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Otter Creek.

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Chippewa Bay Reserve Trail.

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Redwood Hill Preserve.

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Grand Lake Reserve.