Southwick Beach State Park is spacious and popular, known for outstanding swimming and sunning on its long sandy beach. Campers and day-users enjoy picnicking, hiking and games on the playing fields. The park is adjacent to the Lakeview Wildlife Management Area, home to the environmentally-sensitive coastal sand dunes. Park nature, hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails adjoin the wildlife management area and its trail system, which visitors are encouraged to use. During the winter, snowmobilers are permitted in the park. Deer hunting is allowed south of the park entrance in season.

The trail seemed shorter than 2.5 miles to me, but once you finish it the view is amazing! We were not planning to swim, but decided to dip our toes in the water and spent almost 3 hours there not including the time it took to hike the trail there and back! Definitely on our list of places to visit again.

This was a wide grassy secluded trail ending in a gorgeous view of Lake Ontario. Perfect relief from a long car ride on 81.

This is nice for anyone who wants a short hike/nature walk. The trail is near a swampy area so there are bugs, especially at dusk. The end of the trail is across a wooden walkway that takes you over the sand dunes in the area and ultimately finishes at the shore of Lake Ontario.

I've completed this hike with my daughter for years and she loves it, especially because it takes her to the beach. There's lots of birds through the wooded area and if the conditions are right, you could even come across a snapping turtle making it's way to the swamp.