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    U.S. Seaway Trail - Cape Vincent NY to Ogdensberg

    Has anyone cycled the Seaway trail over that particular section of the Seaway Trail? If so, can you comment on the relative safety/condition of it?

    I'll definitely be taking the Wolfe Island ferry across for the first time (with a bike) and would also like to know of any nice routes in that part of NY. Has anyone done Kingston-Watertown?

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    I rode the ST when circumventing Lake Ontario. It's not as nice as the Waterfront Trail (Canada Side), as you rarely see the lake and near Rochester you end up riding on a highway but the shoulder is large and felt safe. At the same time, you do get to ride through some interesting smalls towns.

    If you can, ride the Canadian side...it's much better.

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    Hi Treker, I have biked the Seaway Trail from the Quebec border to Niagara in 2007. It is generally all good riding with sections of it being quiet back roads or a paved bike lane.The section from Ogdensburg to Cape vincent is generally bike lane, with the only busy spot being around Alexandria Bay and the 1000 Island Bridge. Hwy 12 from west of Morristown to A-Bay is mostly new pavement, great riding. There are a few good hills around Chippewa Bay but once you reach A-Bay you are past the hills. From the 1000 Island Bridge to Cape Vincent it is also bike lane and a very pleasent ride.
    I was wondering if you were planning on crossing the bridge at Ogdensburg. It is my understanding that they do not allow you to ride accross that bridge. You may want to check that out or you could always hitch a ride accross. I have crossed the bridges at Cornwall and Ivy Lea and had no touble.
    As you head west towards Cape Vincent you will notice a lot of the name signs on places contain the words "West Wind", there is avery good reason for that. You will be riding right into a strong headwind. If you are camping there is lots of great camping sites along this route.
    I have not gone all the way from Cape Vincent to Watertown as I followed the Seaway Trail and headed west towards Sacket's Harbor. This section is also a bike lane and quiet with several nice towns along the way.
    If you are going to take the Wolfe Island ferry you are in for a treat. One of my favorite things while touring are ferry's. A great time to relax and talk to people. The ferry from Kingston is a free large ferry that runs about every hour. You land at Marysville, look for the bake shop and indulge in one of their homemade delights, then ride 15km to catch a smaller ferry to Cape Vincent. This ferry is privately operated and costs $2. Be warned that they don't keep a schedule and they may not cross until they have enough vehicles on the ferry.
    This area is a great place to ride with lots of bike lanes and quiet roads. You will feel safe and you will probly meet up with other cyclists as the Seaway Trail is a popular route.
    The ride along the Canadian side of the St. Lawrence River is nicer than the US side but that is only my opition. I hope this helps and have a great tour.
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    to all,

    Thanks for the great replies. I can see me and my family on the south side of the river this summer.

    Funny thing. I posted this same question in the US Northeast forum and in two weeks got no response. I then post in Canada-East and presto! two replies in a day. I guess no one from that forum is from that area. Oh well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Treker View Post
    Has anyone cycled the Seaway trail over that particular section of the Seaway Trail? If so, can you comment on the relative safety/condition of it?

    I'll definitely be taking the Wolfe Island ferry across for the first time (with a bike) and would also like to know of any nice routes in that part of NY. Has anyone done Kingston-Watertown?
    I did Watertown-Kingston last summer on a ride to Toronto. Watertown was a bit sketchy, I didn't want to spend any time stopping there and the roads weren't too great but definitely rideable, a big change from the wide shoulders in the Adirondacks to no shoulders at all.

    Wolfe Island was nice, very small, Kingston was a bit hard to figure out at first. I rode the #2 all the way to Toronto and it was okay until around Oshawa when it became multi-laned and the drivers didn't seem to know how to treat a bicycle.

    I have more information including a map of the route I took in my blog.

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