Wellesley Island State Park has the largest camping complex in the Thousand Islands region. Secluded wilderness sites nestled along the banks of the St. Lawrence River are accessible only by foot or boat. Within this rustic paradise, fishing is excellent--particularly for muskie in autumn. To accommodate boaters, the park has a full service marina and four boat launches. A sandy beach on the river offers great swimming and sunbathing and there is a recreation barn and the 9-hole Wellesley Island State Park Golf Course on the Island. One of the main attractions of the park is the Minna Anthony Common Nature Center, which includes a museum, varied habitats such as wooded wetlands, 3 miles of shoreline and open granite outcrops, and miles of trails for hiking, cross-country skiing and nature education. The Nature Center provides educational and recreational programs for all ages. One special feature at the nature center is the 1/4 mile accessible trail that includes access to picnic tables and the seasonal butterfly house. Archery is allowed in designated areas by permit only. For the less rugged camper, there are regular tent/trailer sites and a cabin colony, including facilities for group camping and twelve vacation rentals, which will enable you to enjoy the sunset from the porch of a fully outfitted cottage. You can choose a two or three bedroom cottage with all the comforts of home, including a bathroom with shower, kitchen with refrigerator and stove, bedding, cooking utensils, dishes, glassware, silverware, etc. Outside each vacation rental, a picnic table and ground grill are provided for meals and evening campfires.

Beautiful place and I hope to go back again!

Love the trail, some excellent look out points! I did not find the trail over difficult, it does have some rough terrain and some steep climbs but it's not that bad. I would definitely do this trail again

Beautiful trail. The views in the narrows are breathtaking. If you want to hike the whole island bring lots of water. You won't want to miss the views.

The difficulty was fine, my complaint was the amount of tics I had to pull off my dogs at the end of the hike. Make sure you have really good tic meds for your dogs before hiking! We pulled about forty off one of my dogs, the poor thing.

Overall it's got some great views and spots to picnic and eat lunch out. The Eel Bay Trail is well worth taking the round trip of the island, and it even has spots to go swimming and chillaxing. There are bouldering opportunities off trail if you like climbing rocks, but that's within your own discretion.

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7 months ago

It was a ok area. Good views, there is a toll booth on the way there. The trail could be marked a lot better, but all and all a good walk.

We started the hike in another area but still found it to be enjoyable. The next time out we plan on bringing a lunch and having a picnic near the lake.

Very easy trail. Plenty of trails that branch off the main one. Getting to Wellesley Island does have a $2.75 toll so keep that in mind. And spending the day in the park costs $7. Just FYI. Plenty of trails for the entire family. A nature center that has lots of exhibits for kids. There are plenty of great views of the river. Dogs are welcome on leashes.

There is so much more than just a loop trail here. A lot of various well marked trails. Some trails going around the edge of the island along the water, others going up on the rocks and overlooks giving some great views. There is a good amount of wildlife, from deer to snakes to chipmunks, so if you startle easy from the rustling of the leaves and grass keep that in mind. Here is even a neat little museum.

very nice area. trails are easy to follow and lots of great ways to take. the view they offer is great!

Great set of trails that are both diverse and entertaining. One follows the edge of the lake and has plenty of spots for photos or enjoying the water's edge. The trails themselves are well kept and free of debris and litter. Overall a great experience.

Even though it says the trail is 4.4 miles, there are many other connecting trails to hike in this area. Did the majority of trails in 5-6 hours stopping to check out the views and take pictures (great views and wildlife viewing opportunities along most trails) and I'm estimating that I did between 10 and 11 miles of trail. Mostly flat trail, a few easy climbs

Nice trails and a butterfly house. Eel Bay trail follows the water and is lovely. There are a few pothole glacier formations. One is 6 feet deep. Nice lookouts for a picnic lunch and a few benches.

This says 4.4 miles though if you follow eel trail to the north day trail and follow it all the way around it comes out to about 6.7 miles. Great views with a few different types of terrain. At the southern most point of the park there is a large rock formation which is perfect for relaxing and enjoying the blue water. I brought a book and read a little bit there before getting back on the trail. There are a few snakes on east trail. Enjoy!

The actual trails were short, but I was nice to branch off on our own and find different stuff. Show up early before the office opens and you can skip the six dollar admission.

easy to not get lost we went off trail and still were able to find other trails very self explanatory. caught 3 queen snakes sure is plenty of them!