On July 14, our group of 13 ADK bikers met at Charlie’s Boatyard for a leisurely ride along the Outer Harbor. We left Charlie’s around 6:15, and rode the bike path down to the Union Ship Canal Commons, where we stopped and gathered up for a group photo. We then headed back to the Small Boat Harbor and rode around Buffalo Harbor State Park, where the trail runs along the harbor across from Charlie’s. We continued on to Lakeside Bike Park. The bike park offers 3 mountain bike tracks for riders of all skill levels. Even if you don’t take advantage of the bike tracks, you can ride or walk along the trails and enjoy the beautiful nature habitat with abundant native plants in bloom.
The Greenway Nature Trail was our next stop, offering us an opportunity to visit Flatman (and of course, he always finds a way to make it into the picture.) We were entertained by many groundhogs along the way and saw a couple of deer along the path. Hammocks are set up along the Nature Trail for those who’d like to stop and rest a while or just chill and take in the scenery. I think a couple of people were actually napping when we passed by!
We continued on the trail to Wilkison Pointe where we stopped briefly to visit the restrooms and refill our water bottles. The beer garden at Wilkison Pointe was hopping, and volleyball games were in full swing. It was wonderful seeing so many people enjoying this picturesque spot. Wilkison Pointe offers longboards, kayak, SUP, and bike rentals throughout the season. Check them out online before you go for their hours of operation. The beer garden and food truck are open Tuesday through Sunday until dusk. It’s a great place to sit and watch the sunset over Lake Erie!
Our last stop was the Lighthouse, and then back to the Greenway Nature Trail for a final ride along the shoreline. After locking our bikes, we headed over to Charlie’s Restaurant. We snagged a great table outside on the deck and enjoyed a beautiful sunset, along with delicious ice cream and food, and of course, lively conversation!
For those who’ve never been to the Outer Harbor, try to make it out there at least once this summer. It’s such a peaceful area with so much to do, and a perfect spot to watch the sun setting over the water. It could easily become your favorite summertime spot! Be forewarned though, access to this lovely area is almost non-existent when concerts are on the schedule (unfortunately), so check before you go.
– Sue Kolasz & Pam Sander