Thursday, July 5, 2018

Hiking Maple City Trail



Hiking Maple City Trail
#1000islands #ThousandIslands
Every once in a while it is nice to take a nature hike that doesn’t involve tall grass, Deet, or GPS.  We heard about the Maple City Trail when the Seaway Youth For Christ did a fundraising walk on this 2.2 mile city river walk located in Ogdensburg.  We missed that hike but after seeing a few pictures of the lovely views from this paved walkway, we figured we should check it out for ourselves (and for you!).
There are numerous access points to the trail so one can pretty much do as long or as short a hike as they would like. But there is nice scenery all along the way and at both the beginning and end of the trail so we suggest hiking it from start to finish and back.  The trail starts near the waterfront at the Ogdensburg Visitors’ Center at 100 Riverside Ave and then wanders alongside the lovely Oswegatchie River. It goes over, under, and across several bridges along the way actually taking hikers over the Spring Street Bridge and then along the southern shore of the river, under Rte 37 and ultimately to the wall at the end barring hikers from going over an old railroad trestle (yes, a portion of the trail is another rails-to-trails former railroad.  



There is a lot to see including wildlife, water fowl, lovely flora (we enjoyed the water lilies) and one of the best views we have seen of the Ogdensburg lighthouse near the trailhead.  



The Ogdensburg website states that access for the trail is also available from from Crescent Street behind the U.S. Post Office, at the old Pumphouse along the Oswegatchie River, at the Maple City Walking Bridge near Hosmer’s Marina on West River Street and at the Spring Street Bridge off Lake Street.


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 Preserve Trail

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Redwood Hill Preserve

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Grand Lake Reserve

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Foster Blake Woods Preserve

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Morristown Red Barn Preserve

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Zenda Farms Preserve

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Jacques Cartier State Park

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Sissy Danforth Rivergate Trail

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Maple City Trail

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Chaumont Barrens Preserve

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Carnegie Bay Trail

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Morgan Island