The rural landscape continues as you head east into this section of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail. Be sure to explore the Point Breeze area including the Orleans County Marine Park and the historically accurate, reconstructed Oak Orchard Lighthouse.
The Great Lakes Seaway Trail connects with the Lake Ontario State Parkway and follows the Lake Ontario shore closely into Rochester. The Parkway may remind you of a 4-lane highway, but no commercial vehicles are allowed and there is usually little traffic until you get closer to Rochester. There are outstanding lake views, and you’ll find many fine State Parks that offer picnicking, swimming, and camping located right on the lake.
As you come into Rochester, you’ll pass over the Genesee River and follow the Lake Ontario shoreline through Durand Eastman Park, which, in addition to great views, offers hiking trails, swimming, and a multi-use walking/biking trail that follows the lake shore.
The area quickly goes to urban and suburban as the Great Lakes Seaway Trail goes around the south end of Irondequoit Bay before reconnecting with the winding Lake Road in Webster.
Proceeding eastward from the Rochester area, the scenery includes the shoreline’s truncated dunes and bluffs, coastal wetlands, and the extensive drumlin field visible to the south. You’ll pass through acres of orchards and several charming historic communities, including Pultneyville with a scenic lakefront park located at a bend in the byway.
As you approach Sodus Bay, you may want to take a short detour off the Trail to Sodus Point Beach Park. Located at the mouth of the bay, you’ll have great views of both the lake and the bay.
After crossing the southern tip of Sodus Bay, the Great Lakes Seaway Trail route remains inland for a short way as there are no east-west roads following the lakeshore. Consider another short detour to Chimney Bluffs State Park to view unique large clay rock formations on the water’s edge.