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Wellesley Island summer ramble

Posted by Bill Hill,
North Country explorer from Edwards NY
December 13, 2016

Our hike was, at the Minna Anthony Common Nature Center - Wellesley Island State Park,44927 Cross Island Road, Fineview, NY 13640. (Link Below).
A great summer day for a hike- not to hot, and not too crowded. We started off from the nature center on the eel bay trail, with great views right off the bat. One of the first critters we saw was a turkey buzzard/vulture. The trail goes down to the waters edge and has some more views not to be missed. eventually you'll see a large rock esker ridge(hogsback) on the left. If you scramble up that you'll get an amazing view of the area. Going back down to the trail, you find several glacial "potholes" near the waters edge.When we got to the narrows, we took the narrows trail to the south bay trail. We followed that til we picked up the Causeway Trail and then the pond loop.This goes past an active beaver pond, we saw one beaver, a few mergansers and a ton of butterflies & dragonflies (which mad for a nice photo-op). We followed this to the middle trail that will take you back to the nature center.
We were 2.5 hours or so, taking lots of pics along the way. We saw several mink, a porcupine, a beaver, many squirrels, ducks, palliated woodpeckers and even a buzzard.The trip is not super rugged, but it does have uneven ground and hills. We went about 3 miles total (give or take). This may be too much for the very young or those not up to a strenuous hike. There are easier trails here so, choose accordingly. It's a nice wooded area, with great scenery along the way. During the summer season, there is a nominal charge at the gate, winter is free. Take some time to check out the nature center building- as it has plenty of things to see. The also have scheduled activities there and snowshoe rental in season. If you are in the area, check it out. Below is a link to the center and trail map as well. Enjoy.
http://www.macnaturecenter.com/
http://www.macnaturecenter.com/WellesleyIslandTrailMap.pdf

Comments

Erika Barthelmess

Thanks for sharing this Bill - excellent shots. The mink is a lucky sighting!

Posted: 12/13/2016 - 10:47