If you’ve read my column before, you probably know that I enjoy hiking.
This time of year, my favorite place to do that is Clark Reservation State Park.
Located in Jamesville, the park dates back to 1915. That year, Mary Clark Thompson, the daughter of former governor Myron Clark, purchased the land (it was previously military tracts and a summer resort), later donating it to the state. She wanted it to serve as a memorial for her father. The park was then officially created in 1926.
Today, Clark Reservation is home to a dozen trails. My favorites are the Mildred Faust Trail, which winds past Dry Lake and features educational displays, and the Cliff Trail, which sits above the park’s meromictic lake (basically, the surface water and deep water don’t mix). But all of the trails are less than a mile long, making it a great place to get out of the house and enjoy the winter weather.
Just remember to wear a sturdy pair of boots and a warm jacket!
If You Go
Clark Reservation State Park
Where: 6105 E. Seneca Turnpike, Jamesville.
When: The park is open from sunrise to sunset (year-round).
More information: parks.ny.gov/parks/clarkreservation.
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