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Selkirk Shores


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Selkirk Shores State Park's campsites are located on a bluff overlooking Lake Ontario. This park has spectacular sunsets on the lake. The swimming area is in need of major repairs and was closed in 2009.  The state has no plans or funding to start a reconstruction project.  The park has nearly five miles of marked hiking trails and park roads to explore.  There are also numerous snowmobile trails in the park.  The park is mostly under a canopy of trees.

Summer hiking and biking trails are used in the winter by cross-country skiers as well as snowmobiles. Selkirk Shores is on the direct migration route for a wide variety of bird species.  The park also receives its share of lake effect snow.  Hunting is allowed in a section of the park marked with white state land signs with green letters.  The park is open year round.  For more information on this park go to the NY State Parks website.

The toughest problem that hikers will experience when hiking in this state park is the area near the camping area where the Orange Trail and the Red Trail travels.  The markings are tough to follow and numerous side trails lead toward the campground making it difficult at times to find your way.

Hiking Trails at Selkirk Shores State Park

Frog Pond Trail (0.4 miles) - This trail starts off the main park road near a small parking area prior to the large beach parking area.  The trail travels near Frog Pond, where a short spur leads to a view of the pond.  The main trail continues on to the park road.  The park brochure shows this trail as a loop, however we saw no other trails in this area.  This trail is marked in green on our map below, however there are no trail markings along the trail.

Red Trail (1.1 miles) - This trail heads 1.1 miles from a snowmobile trail near the camping area and ends at the junction of the Orange and Yellow Trails.  The Red Trail briefly follows a snowmobile trail.  A short 0.1 mile access trail travels from the main park road to the Red Trail.

Blue Trail (1.0 miles) - This interior trail meanders in the woods from the Red Trail and ends at the Orange Trail, near the junction of the Yellow & Red Trails.  The trail passes the highest point in the state park at 320 feet.

Orange Trail (0.4 miles) - This trail travels from near the group camping area to the junctions of the Red Trail & Yellow Trail.  This trail is marked in purple on our map below.

Yellow Trail (0.6 miles) - This trail loops around in the northern part of the park, where an access trail also travels 0.2 miles from the Yellow Trail to Pine Grove Road.  A snowmobile trail branches off the trail at the access trail junction.

There are other unmarked trails in the park.  One is the trail that leaves the Bluff Picnic Area Parking Lot heading east, crossing the campground road and reaching the Red Trail before finally merging with the Red Trail at the junction of the main park road access trail.  This is 0.4 miles from the Bluff Picnic Area Parking Lot.

Red Trail at Selkirk Shores State Park


  • Syracuse: I-81 north to exit 36 (Pulaski); north, then west on NY 13 through Pulaski to NY 3; 1.5 miles south on NY 3 to park entrance.
  • Rochester: NY 104 east to NY 3. north to park entrance.
  • From North: I-81 to exit 36 (Pulaski) and follow signs.
  • Buffalo: Thruway (I-90) east to exit 41, north to NY 104 east; NY 3 north to park entrance.
  • Utica and Albany: Thruway (I-90) west to exit 34A; I-481 north to I-81 north to exit 36 (Pulaski); NY 13 west to NY 3; 1.5 miles south on NY 3 to park entrance.


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