Monday, July 24, 2017

A Hike at Verona Beach State Park, 7/19/2017

Located on Rte 13 in Verona, NY, the 1,700+-acre Verona Beach State Park was on Rte 13 about 12 miles from The Villages at Turning Point (where we were staying). We wanted to see more of the area and do some hiking. 

There are five shelters (can be reserved online) and lots of picnic tables in shaded areas of the park. We had packed a picnic lunch and enjoyed the lovely setting while we ate. 

After lunch, we walked to the eastern banks of Oneida Lake.

The beach is normally full of visitors, but it is currently closed due to an algal bloom

Kids were enjoying this "blow up" waterslide, though, and the birds were enjoying the lifeguard stand in the lake. A new splash pad was under construction when we were there, but it is now open

camp store and Teddy's Treats (lunch, snacks and ice cream) are located near the beach. 

There is a lovely campground, some sights with lake views. 

There are multiple trails in the park (obtain a map at the park entrance). We decided to hike the blue-blazed 9 Acre Pond trail.  

Our sweet doggie, Sadie, loved this place and we let her swim in a couple of areas as we hiked the around the pond. There were many picturesque views of the lake.

We all enjoyed the our outdoor time at this park. Winter activities at the park are cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing. 

Unless you have a NY state park annual pass, the day use cost is $7/vehicle at the park. For additional information about the park (including beach closures), click on this

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