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Seaway Trail Scenic Drive, Rochester to Lakeside Beach State Park

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Also known as Lake Ontario State Parkway, this four-lane, lightly traveled segment of the scenic Seaway Trail connects secluded state parks along the shores of Lake Ontario to Rochester’s northern suburbs.
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Tantalizing glimpses of Lake Ontario through the trees alternate with sweeping lake views as the Seaway Trail (aka Lake Ontario State Parkway here) comes within a few feet of the water. The road passes two state parks and a wildlife reserve, which explains all the cars hauling kayaks and camping gear in summer. In winter, however, portions of the parkway are closed.