Central 1000 Islands Loop

Route Description

This loop winds along the shores of Lake Ontario and through vibrant towns and villages in the central 1000 Islands region. Begin in Watertown and head west toward Sackets Harbor on Arsenal Street. Watertown offers a wide array of attractions, shopping and dining. Continue on Arsenal/Route 3 and head for Sackets Harbor to explore historic sites and military battlefields from the War of 1812, or grab a bite at one of the many waterfront dining establishments.
Continue south on Route 3 to Bedford Creek, home of the Bedford Creek Marina & Campground, for a scenic stop, or continue to Westcott Beach State Park for a day of relaxing at the sand beach or hiking the park's nature trails. Route 3 continues south along Lake Ontario to Henderson Harbor, and stop to tour this picturesque village. Henderson offers lodging, restaurants and nightlife.

In Aspinwall, head west on 178 to ride out and around a small isthmus that juts into the lake. The Robert Wehle State Park, one of the 1000 Islands newest parks, spans 1,100 acres of spectacular shoreline and offers 10 miles of hiking and mountain biking, tennis court, picnic areas and more. Circle back to Route 3 and continue south along the lakeshore, passing through many state parks and stunning scenery. Head around Mexico Bay to the Port City of Oswego, home of the historic Fort Ontario, which hosts annual events and is open for tours.

Oswego is a great place to spend the day or night. Enjoy arts and musical events, shopping and motocross and stock car racing. Continue to explore, or head southeast on Route 481 toward Fulton. Fuel up and continue on Route 3 to Palermo, riding north to Mexico, for outdoor concerts, festivals, shopping and plenty of recreational attractions. After Mexico, head west to Highway 11 via Route 104. Continue North on Route 11 to Pulaski, home of the Salmon River Fine Arts Center, and continue riding Sandy Creek, annual host of the Oswego County Fair. Ride north on 11 to Adams Center and on to Watertown to complete this loop.

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