Clayton is a lovely summer resort town on the New York side of the Thousand Islands. There’s some pleasant running in Clayton, combining the attractive waterfront and pleasant residential neighborhood. We also have a longer option out to Zenda Farms Preserve.
Clayton Village. Put together your own route exploring this lovely waterfront village, staying inside Rt. 12. There’s ~0.5 miles along the waterfront, combining a short dedicated path and Riverside Dr. There some fun shops & restaurants along here as well. Then, explore the attractive residential streets, which are tree-shaded, quiet, and feature some nice homes.
Run to Zenda Farms. Run to Zenda Farms from Clayton or do it standalone. This is a fun 5+ mile route. Start with ~1 mile along the waterfront road, and then head west out of town on Rt. 12E (State St). There’s a decent shoulder. It’s 2 miles to the Zenda Farms Preserve, which features lovely trails around pastureland, grassland, and woods. One can put together ~3 miles at Zenda Farms, including the farm roads and the 1.35 mile MacFarlane Trail. Especially pretty in early or late light! INFO & MAP
Overall, a route from Clayton and around Zenda Farms can be 6.5-8 miles out and back.