Sharing a northern border with Lake Erie, Dunkirk is a city located in Chautauqua County, New York. The city also borders Fredonia and the town of Dunkirk. Dunkirk grew as a railroad hub and steamship port near Lake Erie, serving passengers traveling through the region. Additionally, the city became a major manufacturing center in the region for steel plants. As these industries restructured, the city has focused greatly on pier and lakefront revitalization, attracting tourists to local parks, beaches and harbors.
Natural settings on Lake Erie are highly appealing for visitors and residents alike. Sunsets along the beaches with ample campgrounds and grill areas allow for relaxing outdoor comfort. A popular attraction is the Point Gratiot Lighthouse, which was established in 1826 and continues to remain operation today. The Chautauqua County Fair is also hosted near Dunkirk, running for several days in July, attracting visitors and vendors from across Western New York.
Routes To Ride On
The Seaway Trail: This is a large, 518-mile scenic route that travels mostly in the state of New York, but also enters into parts of Pennsylvania. Through this route, you can travel along Lake Erie (passing northwards beyond Dunkirk), Niagara Falls, Buffalo, Rochester, Lake Ontario and ends near the St. Lawrence River. Passing through numerous cities and towns, there are plenty of historical sites to visit and state parks to explore too.