Lake Ontario Dune Trail
Trail marker: 12, Green
Trail length: Main trail (11A) is a 2.0-mile loop; short trail (11B) is a 0.7-mile loop; and trail to Lakeview Marsh Wildlife Management Area (11C) is 0.6 miles (one way)
Type of use: Hiking
Trail description: The trail starts at Southwick Beach, passes through Lakeview Marsh WMA, and loops back to Southwick Beach. Along the way, you'll see many different habitats: woodlands, abandoned apple orchards, meadows, red cedar-maple forests, marshes, and sand dunes. A dune walkover on the trail enables you to cross the dunes without harming them. After crossing the walkover, take a right on the beach and follow it back to Southwick Beach State Park. This trail can be muddy so wear your boots!
If you are interested in hiking a shorter loop, take the first left turn you come to (trail 11B). This trail goes through abandoned apple orchards.
The second left turn you come to (trail 11C) will take you to the Lakeview Marsh Wildlife Management Area boat launch on Pierrepont Road. This trail passes through woodlands and meadows.
How to get there: Take Route 3 to the Southwick Beach State Park entrance road. The trailhead is opposite the park's entrance booth.