Large, lush, and full of life, a hike at Wellesley Island State Park [44927 Cross Island Rd, Fineview, NY 13640] should definitely be on your list of things to do. You might even consider camping here, it’s the largest site to do so in the Thousand Islands region. While we were driving through the campsite to get to the nature center, before we even left the car we saw an amazing sight! A trio of nesting osprey perfectly posing for our camera.
There are restroom facilities and a gift shop, don’t forget to pick up a trail map before you leave! There are a good amount of looping trails to combine for any range of mileage. We decided to do the perimeter of the park which was over five miles. We saw a whole lot along the way and really enjoyed every moment. The trails were mostly moderate, except for a few rolling hills giving great views with the elevation. The eel bay trail segment was very scenic and understandably popular. The turquoise water, pink rocks, and island views were stunning.
What treasures to see. The hiking trails were without a doubt a highlight for us, but there are plenty of other activities as well. Boating, swimming, and golfing among them – this park is a hit for almost anyone. You can gain free entry if you hold an empire pass. If you are in the area don’t miss a visit to this wonderful gem of a state park.