White Sand Dunes in the North Country, Large Beach Area
Info: 526 acres, upland, wetland, nature trails (elevated for most of the way – unique), parking lot, birdwatching, hunting and trapping. Site of protected eroding sand dunes. Also see Lakeview Wildlife management area trails.
Trail Review: *From SCURRIE2 – “I made plans to take my kids to this trail. So as I dropped them off at school I headed to the trail to review it prior to taking my kids. I got there and began walking the wooden walk. I was amazed by the natural beauty in the wooded area. I went to both observation areas. The first one was of the pond. I stood there a moment as the warm sun was beating on my body and I heard a flutter. 50 birds must have been submerged from the tall grassy area. It was spectacular. Then I headed to the other area and as I came closer to Lake Ontario the dunes caught my eyes. I walked out on to the beach and it was beautiful. Not a soul around. The sound of the water coming in was peaceful. I cannot wait to bring my kids there after school and toss a football on the beach.
Very nice and ideal for little kids who can’t walk for many miles.”
*From Shandy of the the Surviving a Healthy Lifestyle Blog– “My family recently decided to try this trail and it was packed with teenagers and college kids drinking and parting. We couldn’t even park because there were so many people just camped out drinking. Very disappointed.”
Directions: From Watertown, take Route 3 south. Shortly after crossing the Ellisburg town line, make a right onto Bolton (Boulton) Road and continue to the end of the road.
Get Google Map Directions here or use map below (click small car icon in upper right corner for directions).
Trail Distance: Exact distance unknown *.44 of a mile from parking lot to sand dunes/beach).
Date/Time Open: ?
Mountain Biking Allowed: No real challenge.
Regular Biking Allowed: ?
Hiking/Walking Allowed: Yes.
Cross-Country Skiing: ? Probably not.
Pets Allowed: Yes.
Built on Former Railroad Bed: No.
Special Instructions: None
For More Information: Contact DEC. *DEC Website about Black Pond