Summer in New York travel blog

typical campsite in the park

interesting benches along the trail next to a line of trees

view from those benches is of Arctic Lake


I went looking for 3 letterboxes today and struck out, but the day was still good. I set my GPS (named Greta Garmin) for the shortest route instead of the fastest and that takes me on some very interesting roads! Today I ended up on a road that became a logging road or at least a dirt road that might have been the back entrance to the park! Alas, it was gated closed, so I went back out and around to the main entrance. Today I didn’t have to pay a daily fee for visiting the State Park – fees start tomorrow! I wonder if the park will be closed if NYS government shuts down for lack of a budget that was due on April 1!

The park has 3 loop roads with campsites for tents or trailers with no hookups. The sites are on flat grassy areas and are roomy. There is also a picnic area and a beach at the small lake. There’s even a fully furnished 2-bedroom cottage for rent!

Oquaga Creek (means “land of the wild grape”) flows into man-made Arctic Lake and I bet it is cold! Why else would they call it that? I walked a nature trail and enjoyed the wildflowers in bloom in the meadows. A sign said bluebirds were common here but I didn’t find any!

The letterbox that is hidden in the park has a link with it to tell of some of the history of the area and I found it very interesting. You might, also: http://www.letterboxing.info/articles/00000007.php

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