The Great Lakes Seaway Trail reconnects with the water in Fair Haven with views of Little Sodus Bay. The village of Fair Haven offers an experience of small town hospitality year-round and is home to New York’s second-largest State Park. The nearby hamlet of Sterling is famous for its summer Sterling Renaissance Festival.
Enjoy the rolling hills and scenic countryside as the byway goes inland en route to Oswego. The city of Oswego features a revitalized downtown and waterfront area. You may see large ships loading or unloading cargo at this major shipping port. Explore the downtown area for scenic views of Lake Ontario and the Oswego Harbor, as well as the Oswego River & Canal. Fort Ontario stands on the eastern side of the river and offers outstanding views in addition to great history.
The eastern Lake Ontario shore includes miles of sand dunes, barrier beaches, wetlands, and inland ponds. A number of wildlife management areas provide the opportunity to see nature up-close on foot or by canoe or kayak. Sandy Island Beach State Park sits a short way off the Great Lakes Seaway Trail and is an excellent place to view the dunes and enjoy the waterfront and a sandy beach.
The Golden Crescent extends 30 miles from Henderson Harbor to Cape Vincent. This scenic area is dominated by the bays and harbors at Henderson, Sackets Harbor, Chaumont, and Point Peninsula. Quaint and historic communities line the trail along this stretch.
Enjoy the elevated view from the Great Lakes Seaway Trail of Henderson Harbor and the islands of Eastern Lake Ontario. Take a short detour into Sackets Harbor for a stroll through this charming village and along its waterfront.
Numerous dairy farms interspersed with wood and meadow lands characterize the countryside as you continue to drive north.