Sackets Harbor, N.Y. - June 4th is National Trails Day. Promoters of the 518-mile National Scenic Byway that parallels the freshwater shoreline of New York and Pennsylvania want you to “Get up! Get outside! Enjoy the great outdoors!” by geocaching along the 75-cache Great Lakes Seaway Trail. The 518-mile byway for leisure driving and great vacations parallels the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Niagara River and Lake Erie in NY and PA.
A new supply of Great Lakes Seaway Trail GeoTrail logbooks and GeoCoins is available for 2011. Each of five regions of the byway has 15 caches awaiting discovery.
The Western New York region includes 13 caches in New York Congressman Brian Higgins’ 27th District encompassing two-thirds of the City of Buffalo, eastern and southern Erie County, and all of Chautauqua County to the NY-PA line.
Congressman Higgins, a Great Lakes Task Force member, says, “National Trails Day is a great prompt to get out and explore the waterfront in a new and fun way. Geocaching along the Great Lakes Seaway Trail offers family-friendly adventures along the naturally beautiful landscapes of this National Scenic Byway not only here in Western New York but throughout New York’s Great Lakes coastal region.”
“Great Lakes Seaway Trail geocachers can each collect five different coins featuring iconic sites along the byway. Participants seem to love the GeoCoins. They are a well-earned reward and souvenir for this fun and exciting adventure,” says Great Lakes Seaway Trail Director of Business Relations Kurt Schumacher.
The GeoCoins feature the St. Lawrence Seaway, historic Fort Ontario, Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse, Niagara Falls and the Maid of the Mist, and the Flagship Niagara.
Locations supplied with Great Lakes Seaway Trail GeoTrail logbooks and GeoCoins include:
•? St. Lawrence County Chamber, 101 Main Street, Canton, NY
•? 1000 Islands International Tourism Council, 43373 Collins Landing, Alexandria Bay, NY
•? Great Lakes Seaway Trail Discovery Center, 401 W. Main Street, Sackets Harbor, NY,
•? Oswego County Tourism, 46 East Bridge Street, Oswego, NY
•? Cayuga County Office of Tourism, 131 Genesee Street, Auburn, NY
•? Screwy Louie’s Sport Shop, 596 Main Street, Fair Haven, NY
•? Wayne County Tourism, 9 Pearl Street, Lyons, NY
•? Visit Rochester, 45 East Avenue, Rochester, NY
•? Niagara USA Official Visitor Center, 10 Rainbow Blvd., Niagara Falls, NY
•? Visit Buffalo Niagara, 617 Main Street, Buffalo, NY
•? Chautauqua County Tourism Bureau, Route 394, Chautauqua, NY, and
•? Tom Ridge Environmental Center, 301 Peninsula Drive, Erie, PA.
For more information on Great Lakes Seaway Trail geocaching go online to www.seawaytrail.com/geotrail or call the Great Lakes Seaway Trail at 315-646-1000.
Great Lakes Seaway Trail President & CEO Teresa Mitchell, 315-646-1000 x202
Great Lakes Seaway Trail Dir, of Business Relations Kurt Schumacher, 585-857-1004
Theresa Kennedy, Communications Director, Congressman Brian Higgins, 716-803-4281