The Secret Sidewalk of Charlotte

December 16, 2012 at 10:08 pm 2 comments

Sidewalk between houses and Lake Ontario

Sidewalk between houses and Lake Ontario

Several years ago my husband surprised me with an invitation to go for a walk. Usually it is me that is begging to get outside, but he had a received some inside information on a secret sidewalk in Charlotte.

Lakeside view from the sidewalk.

Lakeside view from the sidewalk.

View the back yards of the most beautiful lakeside homesWe parked our car on a side street off Beach Avenue and walked west from the public beach. Maybe a half mile down the road of lovely lake houses we noticed that there was a paved sidewalk, connecting to the main street sidewalk at a 90 degree angle, with a painted marker on it, passing between two of the houses. It initially looks like you might be trespassing on someone’s property, and in any other neighborhood you would be, but (80 years ago) there used to be a street running between these houses and the beach. Today it is only a right-of-way, but what a tremendous glimpse you get!

Markers on the sidewalk indicate and entrance

Markers on the sidewalk indicate and entrance

One of the entrances is very near the intersection Clematis St. and Beach Ave.

For more information on the history and zoning of this lovely stretch of land.


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  • 1. Sheila  |  February 14, 2013 at 1:08 am

    My two twenty-something daughters and I have had so many wonderful walks on this path! Licking melting Abbott’s custard and sharing moments of each others day have special memories in my heart. College decisions and first love’s have been discussed on our quiet travels. We rarely have seen others walking but we are always greeted by smiles and hellos when we do! I’m so glad you have discovered thi wonderful place too!

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