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Orleans County Getaway Guide

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By Lynne Menz
Orleans County Tourism Manager

Orleans County is located 30 miles east of Niagara Falls and 22 miles west of Rochester, NY on the shores of Lake Ontario and consists of 817 square miles. We’re served by Exits 48 and 48A of the NYS Thruway (I-90). Routes 104 and 31 run east and west through the county to Niagara Falls and Canada’s Queen Elizabeth Way. Orleans County can also be traveled via the Seaway Trail, our National Scenic Byway, along the Lake Ontario State Parkway and State Route 18.

Orleans County lighthouse

Orleans County is home to some of the very best of the world- class fisheries offered on Lake Ontario and its tributaries. Whether you are seeking a warm or cold water fishery from the shoreline of one of our tributaries or the open waters of majestic Lake Ontario, or you are looking for a fishery for the spring, summer, fall or winter, Orleans County can offer you all of this and much, much more.

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The average snowfall for Orleans County is 66”. Our 110 miles of trails are maintained by 2 Orleans County Federation of Snowmobile Club member clubs. Groomed trails are on relatively flat lake plains connecting with adjacent Monroe, Genesee, and Niagara counties trail systems. Open meadows, Lakeside Beach State Park, the Iroquois Wildlife Refuge, and Erie Canalway Trail provide opportunities to watch wildlife and take in historic canal-town villages, farmscapes, and scenic vistas of Lake Ontario. Restaurants, service stations, and lodging may be found along 96.5 miles of corridor trails.


Trail maps available at our Tourism Offices.

Sampling of trails offer C4G and C4H, follow “15 miles on the Erie Canal” along the towpath, features historic village of Albion “widewaters nature area” and the Erie Canal Culvert Tunnel in Medina—the only place where you can drive under the Erie Canal.

Orleans Snowmobile Trail Tunnel Deer in field

The C4G also leads you south to the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge before entering Genesee County. All trails are well-signed and well-groomed by a large group of volunteer members.

Catskil Mountainncake Breakfast - Carlton Fire Hall
Pancake Breakfast - Carlton Fire Hall

Orleans County is unique in that our lodging offers unique, privately-owned units. There are plenty of places to stay and we host snowmobilers from outside our region because of our varied, well- groomed trails, world-class fishing and Erie Canal towpath trails.

Winter events include the Polar Express train ride at the popular Medina Railroad Museum (December) and Wine About Winter wine walk in historic downtown Medina (February). The Orleans County Snowdrifters host their annual All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast in February at the Carlton Rec Hall. For a comprehensive list of events, visit

County Snowmobile Maps available through Orleans Tourism offices
County Snowmobile Maps available through Orleans Tourism offices
Medina Railroad Museum, the largest model railroad display in the state, offers a Polar Express ride for children and the young at heart.
Medina Railroad Museum, the largest model railroad display in the state, offers a Polar Express ride for children and the young at heart.
Medina Railroad Museum
Super Bowl Sunday means 400 for pancakes and more!
Super Bowl Sunday means 400 for pancakes and more!
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Enter to win the 2nd Annual
Covered Bridge Challenge!

Covered Bridge Challenge bridge Once again, riders are challenged to brave the elements and either ride or trailer to five Covered Bridges found on two routes spanning the eastern and western sides of New York State! The only TUNNEL in the Covered Bridge Challenge is the Culvert Rd. Tunnel bridge. Receive your 2016-7 Winner's Decal by riding across each of the 5 bridges on either route, posting a selfie of you, your sled and the bridge you have just crossed! (No need to RIDE the whole route!)

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