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New York Seaway Trail

Find Activities Including Underground Railroad Exhibits, Lake Erie & More


Follow the Great Lakes Seaway Trail for the journey of a lifetime! Named one of the Top 9 Great American Drives by Budget Travel, the 454-mile scenic driving route follows the shores of Lake Erie, the Niagara River, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

One of America’s first designated Scenic Byways, the Great Lakes Seaway features breathtaking vistas and scenic views, over 25 lighthouses, unique museums and great outdoor activities from bird watching to scuba diving. Other recreational options include hiking, biking, swimming, boating, trophy fishing, wildlife watching, canoeing and kayaking— at wonderful state parks and other venues along the route.

The Great Lakes Seaway Trail connects unique destinations like Niagara Falls and the Thousand Islands, as well as the cities of Buffalo, Rochester and Oswego, and charming waterfront villages. Traveling takes you to laid-back fishing ports, family-friendly attractions, and great restaurants, accommodations and shopping.


Once a footpath and wagon trail, the Seaway Trail also connects to fascinating history. You can experience the diverse influences of Native Americans, French explorers, British soldiers, Dutch settlers and other American pioneers, as well as Underground Railroad travelers through the architecture, art and events along the route.

Bountiful farmers markets dot the route from Massena to Lake Erie. Follow the byway to explore the Lake Erie Wine Country trail in the in Chautauqua-Allegheny region. The 40-mile driving route runs through quaint Victorian villages and abundant vineyards, with over 20 wineries open for tours and tasting (please choose a designated driver).

In Sackets Harbor on Lake Ontario, the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Discovery Center highlights regional history, geography and agriculture, and presents information on country inns, camping, fishing hotspots, historic villages and wineries along the trail.

Children enjoy hands-on exhibits like "driving" a car in the orientation room, racing on a miniature byway, stepping behind the wheel of a ship, and meeting a talking cow. Visitors of all ages enjoy learning about local wildlife, the War of 1812, unique architecture, lighthouses, and some of the region's famous residents.


To experience the Great Lakes Seaway Trail in a whole new way, discover Geocaching on the Great Lakes Seaway Trail. On this high-tech treasure hunt, you’ll use a GPS to search for up to 75 caches and discover exciting natural and historic landmarks.

The Seaway Trail Discovery Center in Sackets Harbor has everything you need to kick off your great geocaching adventure. Pick up some nautical souvenirs in the gift shop, and then launch your own voyage of discovery!