Outdoors & Nature

Enjoy a leisurely walk or jog along the most beautiful waterfront in the Islands! The River Walk commences between Bay House Artisans and A Bay International on James Street in Alexandria Bay.  The trail is accessible to people who have disabilities.

The Carnegie Bay Trail offers approximately 2.5 miles of hiking just outside of the Village of Alexandria Bay.

Directions to the Carnegie Bay Trail: Take State Route 12 North through the signalized intersection. Take a left onto Walton Street into the Village. Turn right onto High Street and follow to the end of the road where you will take a right onto Carnegie Bay Road. Follow Carnegie Bay Road until you see the sign on the right hand side of the road indicating that you have reached the trail.

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The Macsherry Trail is roughly three miles long. It begins at a trail head off of Indian Point Road in Hammond. Passing beaver ponds and meandering through woods, it leads to the creek itself with a wonderful view of Chippewa Bay, before circling back to the trail head.

Directions to the Macsherry Trail: Take State Route 12 to the border between Jefferson and St. Lawrence County (6.1 miles east of Alexandria Bay). Turn north toward Kring Point State Park, then turn immediately right onto Indian Point Road (a dirt road). This road is marked private, but visitors to the Macsherry Trail are welcome. Travel approximately 3/4 mile to the parking area on the right.

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The Otter Creek Preserve opened in Fall 2015 to the public and is the Thousand Islands Land Trust’s newest preserve. Located in the Town of Alexandria, this Preserve offers 1.9 miles of trail for walking, hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, it also offers dramatic views of both Otter and Lynch Creek.

A wildlife observation tower overlooks the Golden-winged Warbler Demonstration Area, highlighting TILT’s shrubland bird management. A cable suspension bridge connects the trail system and gives you the feeling of being in deep woods. The lower section of the observation is ADA accessible and offers and ADA loop through the shrublands as well.

Directions to the Preserve: Otter Creek Preserve lies along State Route 26 south of Otter Creek and State Route 12, across the creek from the Alexandria Bay Big M Supermarket.

The Grand Lake Reserve presents a spectacular landscape, rick with biological diversity, rugged geography and beautiful scenery. Located between Grass and Butterfield Lakes, it includes more than 5 miles of shoreline. Grand Lake offers six trails totaling over 8.5 miles.

Grand Lake Reserve

Located on 600 acres of land within the Wellesley Island State Park, the Nature Center was founded on the principles of environmental conservation and education. It is our goal to continue this tradition by offering diverse programming designed to educate our patrons about the environment around them.

Visitors to the Nature Center have the opportunity to explore numerous ecosystems as they travel the varied landscapes of Wellesley Island State Park. From the shores of Eel Bay, across grassy meadows, through wetlands and forests, and along the rocky outcrops leading to the cliffs above the Narrows, our nine miles of hiking trails offer something for everyone. Once snow falls, our hiking trails are transformed into wonderful ski and snowshoe trails. Ski and snowshoe rentals are available at the Nature Center.

Inside the Nature Center, our exhibits teach patrons about wildlife and habitats they might encounter as they hike our trails. Children will love exploring our Discovery room, which is full of books, games, and hands-on learning opportunities. The Nature Center is a year-round facility. Summer brings canoe trips, guided hikes, arts and crafts, the butterfly house and much more! In Autumn, it is hard to find a prettier place than Wellesley Island when the leaves start to turn. Winter brings cross country skiing, snowshoeing and the return of Bald Eagles. The Minna Anthony Common Nature Center has something for everyone! We hope to see you soon.

Visitors will enjoy a spectacular view of Butterfield Lake from atop the dramatic sandstone bluff on the Redwood Hill Preserve. Redwood Hill consists of two trail options that wind along the top of a sandstone bluff and past ancient oaks. These easier trails provide a unique opportunity for parents with strollers, veterans in wheelchairs, grandparents with walkers and people from all walks of life to enjoy the beauty and serenity of the North Country woodlands. https://indianriverlakes.org/irlc-properties/redwood-hill-preserve/

The Baker Woods Preserve is home to abundant wildlife including black bear, trout, blue heron, beaver and even the occasional passing moose.  The Preserve includes extensive river and wetland habitats, a red pine plantation in transition, and native coniferous and hardwood forests. More than 10 miles of trails suitable for hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are open daily for visitors from dawn to dusk.  Paddlers will also be pleased to find a beach launch on the Indian River just a short distance from the parking area.

Baker Woods Preserve

+ Riverwalk

Enjoy a leisurely walk or jog along the most beautiful waterfront in the Islands! The River Walk commences between Bay House Artisans and A Bay International on James Street in Alexandria Bay.  The trail is accessible to people who have disabilities.

+ Carnegie Bay Trail

The Carnegie Bay Trail offers approximately 2.5 miles of hiking just outside of the Village of Alexandria Bay.

Directions to the Carnegie Bay Trail: Take State Route 12 North through the signalized intersection. Take a left onto Walton Street into the Village. Turn right onto High Street and follow to the end of the road where you will take a right onto Carnegie Bay Road. Follow Carnegie Bay Road until you see the sign on the right hand side of the road indicating that you have reached the trail.

+ Macsherry Trail
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The Macsherry Trail is roughly three miles long. It begins at a trail head off of Indian Point Road in Hammond. Passing beaver ponds and meandering through woods, it leads to the creek itself with a wonderful view of Chippewa Bay, before circling back to the trail head.

Directions to the Macsherry Trail: Take State Route 12 to the border between Jefferson and St. Lawrence County (6.1 miles east of Alexandria Bay). Turn north toward Kring Point State Park, then turn immediately right onto Indian Point Road (a dirt road). This road is marked private, but visitors to the Macsherry Trail are welcome. Travel approximately 3/4 mile to the parking area on the right.

+ Otter Creek Preserve
Otter-Creek-Trail

The Otter Creek Preserve opened in Fall 2015 to the public and is the Thousand Islands Land Trust’s newest preserve. Located in the Town of Alexandria, this Preserve offers 1.9 miles of trail for walking, hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, it also offers dramatic views of both Otter and Lynch Creek.

A wildlife observation tower overlooks the Golden-winged Warbler Demonstration Area, highlighting TILT’s shrubland bird management. A cable suspension bridge connects the trail system and gives you the feeling of being in deep woods. The lower section of the observation is ADA accessible and offers and ADA loop through the shrublands as well.

Directions to the Preserve: Otter Creek Preserve lies along State Route 26 south of Otter Creek and State Route 12, across the creek from the Alexandria Bay Big M Supermarket.

+ Grand Lake Preserve

The Grand Lake Reserve presents a spectacular landscape, rick with biological diversity, rugged geography and beautiful scenery. Located between Grass and Butterfield Lakes, it includes more than 5 miles of shoreline. Grand Lake offers six trails totaling over 8.5 miles.

Grand Lake Reserve

+ Minna Anthony Common Nature Center

Located on 600 acres of land within the Wellesley Island State Park, the Nature Center was founded on the principles of environmental conservation and education. It is our goal to continue this tradition by offering diverse programming designed to educate our patrons about the environment around them.

Visitors to the Nature Center have the opportunity to explore numerous ecosystems as they travel the varied landscapes of Wellesley Island State Park. From the shores of Eel Bay, across grassy meadows, through wetlands and forests, and along the rocky outcrops leading to the cliffs above the Narrows, our nine miles of hiking trails offer something for everyone. Once snow falls, our hiking trails are transformed into wonderful ski and snowshoe trails. Ski and snowshoe rentals are available at the Nature Center.

Inside the Nature Center, our exhibits teach patrons about wildlife and habitats they might encounter as they hike our trails. Children will love exploring our Discovery room, which is full of books, games, and hands-on learning opportunities. The Nature Center is a year-round facility. Summer brings canoe trips, guided hikes, arts and crafts, the butterfly house and much more! In Autumn, it is hard to find a prettier place than Wellesley Island when the leaves start to turn. Winter brings cross country skiing, snowshoeing and the return of Bald Eagles. The Minna Anthony Common Nature Center has something for everyone! We hope to see you soon.

+ Redwood Hill Preserve

Visitors will enjoy a spectacular view of Butterfield Lake from atop the dramatic sandstone bluff on the Redwood Hill Preserve. Redwood Hill consists of two trail options that wind along the top of a sandstone bluff and past ancient oaks. These easier trails provide a unique opportunity for parents with strollers, veterans in wheelchairs, grandparents with walkers and people from all walks of life to enjoy the beauty and serenity of the North Country woodlands. https://indianriverlakes.org/irlc-properties/redwood-hill-preserve/

+ Baker Woods Preserve

The Baker Woods Preserve is home to abundant wildlife including black bear, trout, blue heron, beaver and even the occasional passing moose.  The Preserve includes extensive river and wetland habitats, a red pine plantation in transition, and native coniferous and hardwood forests. More than 10 miles of trails suitable for hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are open daily for visitors from dawn to dusk.  Paddlers will also be pleased to find a beach launch on the Indian River just a short distance from the parking area.

Baker Woods Preserve

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