Barker Bicentennial Park

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Location: Village of Barker; Town of SomersetNiagara County

Maps: Google MapTopographicBird’s Eye; Interactive

GPS: N 43.36797 / W 78.55556

Directions: Located on the North end of Rt. 148 in Barker, NY. Take Lake Rd. (Rt. 18) to Somerset and head north on Quaker Rd. (Rt. 148) all the way to Lakeview Dr. and the park.

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Parking: There is parking for about 10 cars in the roadside lot in front of the park.

Information / Accessibility / Accommodations


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Seasons/Hours: Year round. From sunrise to 9 pm.

Best time to visit: Year-round.

Parking: There is parking for about 10 cars in the roadside lot in front of the park.

Admission: Free.

Handicap accessibility: Somewhat. The park is all grass.

Pets: Unknown. Please follow county laws and keep your pet leashed in public.

Accommodations: Benches; picnic tables; grills; gazebo; fishing access; No Swimming.

Boat Launch: Hand boat launch only.

Map: Interactive.

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Description

Of all the parks along New York’s Seaway Trail, Barker Bicentennial Park is certainly the smallest and most overlooked. At nearly 4,000 sq. ft. it offers no large pavilions, playing fields, or playgrounds. Once the site of a water supply pumping station for the town of Somerset, this reclaimed land was converted to a quaint picnic spot complete with flowering trees, benches and a beautiful gazebo.

The 180 ft of beach is a great place to enjoy views of Lake Ontario or to fish from the jetties. When we visited in mid-summer, the stony beach was littered in driftwood. It’s no place to relax in a recliner and take in the sun, but for a quick and peaceful picnic or to catch a glimpse of the lake, especially at sunset, this is a worthy stop.

 

Hiking / Walking Trails

Difficulty: Easy.

Markings: None

Distance: A hundred feet or so.

Description: This is a small park and you will see the lake from the parking area. There are no trails, just walk towards the lake.

Map: Interactive

Barker Park Interactive Map

Drag the map or click the arrows to move around and use the +/- to zoom in or out. Click on the icons for more information. This map is not accurate. Caution and common sense should be used when hiking.

View Barker Bicentennial Park in a larger map

History

The Village of Barker started as farmland in 1815 with the settlement of Quaker David Barker and his family in the town of Somerset. In 1875 some of the Barker estate was donated to the railroad concern. With the arrival of the rail, businesses started to move to Somerset Station which soon became known as Barker. The old rail station now serves as the village hall. The Village was incorporated in 1908.

The park, as well as the village was named after David Barker, 4 term town supervisor. His brick house was built on Quaker Rd in the 1930s. He lived there with his wife and 8 adopted children. It also served as a stop on the underground railroad. Mr. Barker would offer food, shelter and assistance to escaped slaves on their way to Canada.

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Photography Tips

Sunsets

  • Mid-summer is the best time to catch sunsets.

Birding

  • The jetty here is frequented by sea birds and migrating species. The solitude of the park also offers great opportunities for spotting without interruption.

Driftwood

  • Because the beach is never cleared, the driftwood piles up and makes for great close-up photos and abstracts.

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