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“Great spot for a picnic and a hike to the falls”

Stony Brook State Park
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Dansville
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: There is a wide variety of recreation available at this scenic park including hiking, camping, tennis, swimming and hunting.
Reviewed 2 September 2017

We stop at Stony Brook every year during our vacation trip to enjoy a picnic lunch. Then we walk up the gorge trail to see the waterfalls and the cliffs and the forest. It's less than a mile to hike from the picnic area to the upper falls. Access from I-390 is easy; take Exit 4 and follow the signs to the park.

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Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

Very peaceful and relaxing. Good place to spend few hours as a long drive break. Grab a water and fit cloth as it might be muddy a bit.

Thank Arthur K
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Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

Less busy than Letchworth and easier to get in and out because it's much smaller. Has camping, a great, creative playground, a swimming hole in the creek bed that's been damned, with lifeguards. Can be cold because water is deep and flowing always. You aren't supposed to walk in the waters (they're threatening fines) but everyone always has. It's my favorite thing to do there. Beautiful hiking along side the creek bed, ending in a few huge waterfalls. First trek to waterfall is easy for an elderly or handicapped person to access-second has a ton of steps. Other trails off guard are steeper and require some athleticism. Campground is all-together but they do have some private sites. Some sites are right on the creek bed (although then you may have a steep ledge). They have 2 covered pavilions-a largely stone one in the picnic area and one in the camping area entrance. People have not taken care of the stone one, writing in it. Other one is simple with no green space on all sides.

Thank TravelinMomof2
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Reviewed 16 August 2017

There are more impressive parks nearby, but this is a lovely park in its own right and worth a couple hours to walk the gorge trail. Whatever you do (WHATEVER YOU DO), go out and back on the gorge trail. Do not mess around with the rim trails.

We got terrible advice to go out on the West Rim Trail and come back through the gorge. I don't know what was wrong with the lunatic who told us this (she works at the state park and we blindly followed her advice), but the West Rim Trail was a series of continuous stairs (mostly up, but they also threw in some down stairs so we could have even more up stairs) straight up from the parking lot into the sky. The worst part was there was nothing to see up there. No views. NONE. I mean, unless you like dirt and trees, but I was there to see water and waterfalls. And you can only see water and waterfalls on the gorge trail.

Moral of the story - stay on the gorge trail both ways and enjoy yourself. It's not nearly as steep as gorge trails at some other parks and is quite pleasant. Our dog loved it too.

4  Thank julie248
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Reviewed 14 August 2017

We were really surprised at how great of a park this was. It has a super kids playground - loads of climbing, slides, spinning, balance items for kids of all ages. Trails were well marked. We took the Gorge Trail from the playground and it was well marked (G1-8 markers along the way), and took the West Rim Trail back. If you don't want to exert yourself, don't climb the stairs up to the top of the gorge at the end of the trail...there wasn't much to see from the top. The Gorge trail was so scenic and pretty, with 3 larger waterfalls and a few little ones. The hike took us about an hour (with 2 kids ages 6 & 9).
After the hike we swam in the 55 degree water in the pool (for us that's 13 degrees Celcius). It made our legs numb, but was very refreshing on a hot day after a hike. There are spots that are 2 feet, 4/5 feet, 6 feet and 8 feet deep. Lots of lifeguards. You could just leave your stuff around the edge of the pool because people don't generally stay long & there's lots of space. Very cool experience swimming in this kind of natural pool.
There is Lyme Disease warnings here so wear lots of bug spray. We loved this park and would definitely come back.

1  Thank HammerHeidi
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