Wellesley Island State Park is a 2.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Wellesley Island, New York that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.3 miles
180 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly




nature trips

paddle sports

trail running



A secluded wilderness site along the banks of the St. Lawrence River is home to the largest camping complex in the region. One of the main attractions of the park is its nature center and hiking trails.

2 months ago

Beautiful trails with amazing views. I was there on Aug 11th. Used a little bug spray and haven’t had a single bug bite. My dog hasn’t had any ticks and was able to handle this hike well. The park offers trails for all ages, a kid and dog-friendly nature center and a butterfly house.

3 months ago

Great family hike for all ages. We wandered off the trail to go into TI Park for ice cream and Victorian architecture before getting back on track. We saw some beavers and heard some great tail slaps as we walked by. Go!!

3 months ago

Start at the Nature Center and follow the Eel Bay Trail to the potholes. Then take the Narrows Trail to the Middle Trail for your return to the Nature Center. The Nature Center has a 3D Topographical Trail Map, so you can get a good preview of your hike. It was a hot one for us. The trail was empty, but Eel Bay was filled with boaters, so lots of engine noise. Once we hit past the potholes, the trail got quite. We saw lots of chipmunks and one garter snake (on the trail).

trail running
4 months ago

Easy trail to run. Occasionally parts that were difficult to run due to uneven ground, but otherwise good run. $6 this year to get in the park. Good family/beginner short hike:)

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

A lot of ticks but a good hiking spot. I like the Eel Bay trail the best because you're by the water for most of it. Very easy hike with good views and, if you're lucky, plenty of wildlife. I have seen vultures, waterfowl, a porcupine and a fisher in the two times I went. Also a very easy hike for dogs.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Enjoyed walking this with my 3hr old this morning. Great views along the way!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Monday, July 24, 2017

Miles of trails but Eel Trail is the best because it follows the river the whole way. You have to pay $7 to enter the park.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Beautiful trail but watch out for ticks if you're planning on bringing your dog we went yesterday and I'm still finding more and more on her

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Beautiful place and I hope to go back again!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

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

Sunday, July 31, 2016


Monday, July 18, 2016

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.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

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.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

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.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

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.

Monday, March 21, 2016

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.

Friday, August 07, 2015

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.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

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.

Saturday, May 02, 2015

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

Saturday, October 11, 2014

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.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

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

Saturday, August 23, 2014

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.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

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!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

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.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

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!

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

The park itself has a lot to offer, a little museum, cabins to stay in, playground and picnic areas with a about 4 main trails.

Great for a nice hike for a couple hours, can really take your time pick one trail/route or walk all of it. Most trails meet up at some point and you can hope from one to another to see the different sites. I recommend the EEL Day Trail to the Narrows Trail, it will keep you along the water offering some good views from different heights.


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