New York’s great autumn getaway

09/15/2013  | 

Wayne County New York is located on the southern shore of Lake Ontario between the cities of Rochester and Syracuse in the northern Finger Lakes Region — known for its rural charm, vast apple orchards, trophy fishing, drumlins and scenic beauty.

In the past Labor Day was the end of summer and the culmination of all things that were fun. Lately that scenario has changed and the good times have been extended. Resort areas have decided to add a couple of months to the vacation season and they now offer some fantastic autumn events for the visiting tourist.

In Wayne County it’s pretty darn easy to keep the good times rolling. The hot summer air has dissipated and the cool breezes off Lake Ontario are refreshing. Temperatures are cool, however salmon fishing is hot.

The September salmon stage near the tributaries and with a natural instinct start their runs in Wayne County streams. It’s a Pac-man ritual. Chinook salmon enter waterways full of eggs. Brown trout swim close behind, searching for a meal of roe and the silver steelhead follow for easy handouts. The stream side angler is at the top of this food chain and the catches are 30 plus pounds for the salmon, 10 to 15 for the browns and steelhead.

The avian migrations are dynamic in the spring and our feathered friends replicate the same journey in September and October. The Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1938 as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife. The refuge provides resting, feeding, and nesting habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds. Montezuma is situated in the middle of one of the most active flight lanes in the Atlantic Flyway and the landing field for the birds in right in the middle of Wayne County.

If you are a water fowling enthusiast there are designated areas to hunt within the Montezuma Refuge and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has public hunting areas bordering the shoreline of Lake Ontario.

Hiking and biking the historic Erie Canal has become a very popular way to exercise and to experience new destinations. It’s the quiet way to visit new terrain. Ride or walk the path where horses pulled the barges during the early 1800’s. The scenery alone is worth the adventure.

There are plenty of other hidden pathways for hiking in the county. Walk to the peak of the Chimney Bluffs 90 feet above the Lake Ontario waters or take a stroll along a boardwalk through an actual Huckleberry Swamp.

Wayne County is the number one apple producer in New York State and ranks number two in the nation. An event that celebrates apples is the Annual Apple Tasting Tour. Local businesses promote our great agriculture, fall activities and food during this month long event.

Travel our scenic country roads, ablaze in autumn glory from market to market. Take this opportunity to explore the essence of the apple. Each stop is unique, as is the taste and texture of apples. Discover the flavors, colors, and sizes ... apples are as individual as we are! Everyone can be an expert! Information regarding this event can be found at

To plan your Wayne County vacation, go to or call 800-527-6510.

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