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GPS: Parking area off of Rt 5: N 42.77388 / W 78.86378
Directions: From Buffalo (north): Take the Buffalo Skyway (Rt 5) south through Lackawana and along Lake Erie for 8 miles. Look for the Hamburg clock on the right along the lake. Turn right onto S Lake Shore Rd. The clock is right there.
From Erie/Dunkirk (south): You can follow Rt 5 (Lakeshore Rd.) north past Hamburg. Look for the town clock on the left. Turn left onto S Lake Shore Rd. The clock is right there.
Use Google Directions.
Parking: Park in the lot next to the clock or in the dirt area north of it.
Best time to visit: Spring through fall.
Time: A few minutes to check out the lake.
Handicap accessibility: Yes.
Swimming: Not allowed, and certainly not advised.
Boat launch: None. Use the boat launch at the Erie Basin Marina.
Accommodations: Scenic views; restaurants.
Town of Hamburg
Phone: (716) 649-6111
This small sliver of lakefront land along State Route 5, in the town of Hamburg, is nothing spectacular. Besides offering a clean parking area, a few benches, and nice views out into Lake Erie, it is an area that has some nice family restaurants along the shore. So for those family trips along Rt 5, it’s a pretty good stop to catch some grub and look out over the lake.
Distance: Just a few feet from the parking area to see the lake.
Description: This is just a parking area with a few benches. There’s nothing else to it. Walk next door to get something to eat.
Map: Check out our interactive map.
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Athol Springs was known for its mineral springs, which were thought to have medicinal properties.
Lake erosion at Athol Springs has jeopardized buildings along the shoreline. In the 1950s several 50 ft jetties were constructed to help shield the rock shores. One of these is here. Since then more dramatic measures have been taken to protect the land, including seawalls.
New York State Route 5
Beginning at the Pennsylvania state line in the Town of Ripley, State Route 5 spans 370 miles west to east across New York, passing through Buffalo, Syracuse, Utica, and Schenectady, ending up in Albany. Along the way it overlaps with State Route 20, leading to the common name of both routes as simply “5 & 20.” Several small towns and cities, as well as countless curiosities, eateries, and historic sites can be experienced along its path.
Hoak’s, which is just to the south, is one of the best spots to get Buffalo cuisine. What to get? The Fish Fry.
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