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Motorcycle Roads Seaway Trail18   in New York New York504 Miles

Motorcycle Roads Seaway Trail

By Art Loran
on December 1, 2004

0.0out of 5

4 Riders rated


 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

the best directions, go to the Seaway
Trail web site
and click one the "Tour Planning"
section and open up the map
pdf file

directions suggested by the submiter are as follows: "You
can join the Trail at any point and follow the green and
white Seaway Trail signs. You can start along Route 5
at the western end and connect to Robert Moses Parkway
in Niagara Falls, then follow Route 18 and the Lake Ontario
Parkway to Rochester. Continue East on Lake Road to Sodus
Point, follow Route 104 to Oswego, 104B through the hamlet
of Texas to Route 3 along Lake Ontario to Sackets Harbor.
East of Sackets, take Route 3 to 180 to 12E into Cape
Vincent and Clayton. Ride on Route 12 to Morristown, follow
Route 37 to Massena for a close-up look at the Saint Lawrence


The 504-mile Seaway Trail along the freshwater shorelines of New York and Pennsylvania (St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Niagara River, and Lake Erie) makes a great vacation ride. Some stretches open up with great water and sunset views, including Niagara Falls and the 1000 Islands. Some of the Trail's 28 lighthouses allow you to climb the towers for spectacular water views.

Road Quality

This route is a relaxing ride, mostly along secondary roads, with some city stop and go in Rochester and Buffalo. There is a great hilly stretch through apple orchards in Wayne County (mid-Trail). I enjoy traveling alone on my Harley Ultra Classic touring bike or with a small group.

Roadside Amenities

Restaurants run from roadside stand casual to five-star hotel dining. Regional foods include Buffalo wings still made at the Anchor Bar where wings took culinary flight. Rochester is known for Zweigle's hot dog, French's mustard and Dinosaur BBQ. Just inland from the Seaway Trail's western end in New York, you will find smooth goat's milk fudge at Webb's Homemade Candies and Resort in Mayville. The Lake Ontario Wine Trail runs 100 miles of the Trail from Wolcott to Adams Center. It's Funny Cide Ale in Sackets Harbor, home of the six high school buddies who own part of the Kentucky Derby winner. In Clayton, try River Rat Cheese. You can overnight at campgrounds, B&Bs or motels/hotels. Three of the Trail's 28 lighthouses offer overnights, but you better call ahead for reservations. When you want to park the bike and hike, there are wildlife areas, State Parks, and everything from 1000 Islands boat tours and castles to Niagara Falls, historic architecture, world-class fishing, War of 1812 history... Something for everyone besides a great ride.

Additional Info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather . - For more information on traveling the Seaway Trail, riders can go to Or you can call 1-800-SEAWAY-T to request a free JOURNEY magazine.

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on July 20, 2019 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2018

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Touring

The good of this route is there are numerous places along 504 miles to engage in various activities. However, if one is looking for a route with either exciting riding thrill or scenic points to view while on a bike, then go somewhere else. I should think the best way to enjoy this route would be in a car and stopping at all the possible points of interest noted by the poster and found in travel brochures.

Consider that while the route is officially billed as the Seaway Trail, you are usually far enough away from the water that you can rarely see it. Then when you do, it's wide enough that you don't see much activity other than at small marinas, which are plenty, most often just a small inlet by a small community and has several dozen boats. I suppose it's that private property lines all the shoreline and that trees grow profusely in this part of the country that keep you isolated from the seaway itself.

Perhaps the most challenging part of a journey here is finding the route. I have traveled sometimes an hour before seeing a sign letting me know I was on the route I wanted. Then through towns, the signage is often non-existent.

Keep in mind that this is not a specific roadway or exact route as much as a direction. If you do that, you can get to somewhere.

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By SterlingBP
on September 5, 2017 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2003

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

As an alternative, go through Tonawanda, then East on any of the multiple secondary roads to Lockport, where an historical reconditioned "flight of five" locks on the Erie Canal lies parallel to the current double lock, raising and lowering boats 50 feet along the canal. Continue East on Rte 31 to Medina, then head north to rejoin the Seaway Trail. The roads are only average for turns and hills, but the history is worth viewing.

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By Guest
on October 17, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

3.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Very nice route. Though there are many things to see and places to eat, most are just off of this route in the nearby towns. This route can be misleading, as there little to no views of Lake Ontario from Rochester to Watertown. Be sure to stop in Sodus Point (about 30 miles East of Rochester), as there are many bike friendly places to eat and drink. They also have outdoor bands during the summer.

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By Guest
on May 31, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2002

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

History buffs should be sure to stop at Fort Niagara one of the oldest structures in North America.
The wooden boat museum in Clayton NY by the thousand Islands is worthwhile.

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