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“Beautiful park with well cared for trails”

Stony Brook State Park
Ranked #1 of 6 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 6 September 2017

My wife and I went here on Labor day to hike the trails for the first time. Some people on here did recommend skipping the east or west rim trails but I wanted to experience them for myself. We went early getting to the park around 8:30am. To my surprise we actually got in free. There is a fee but only if you get there after the collection booth opens. We parked in the lower parking area (first left off the main entrance) and found out you just park wherever you can in the grass. The East rim trail head is right here and the gorge trail starts just a little further south so we did the gorge first. The natural swimming pools are right before the north entrance to the gorge and looked very cool. River fed and separated between a deeper (6-8ft) section and a shallow kids section (2ft).

We hiked the gorge trail south and took the east rim trail back. The 2.5 mile round trip took approximately 90 minutes and we took our time taking pictures and having short breaks. Yes, the East rim is far less scenic than the gorge but it was still a nice hike. You do get some nice aerial views of a couple of the falls at the south end but after that it's mostly a wooded hike.If you wanted to do this trail and minimize the amount of stairs your climbed up I'd go East rim south first then take the gorge trail back.

Be sure to have a QR reader app on your phone. The trail has spots where you can scan a QR code and get an audio tour of information about that spot. They had interesting things to say about the old train bridge and zip line that you see along the way.

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank Aaron S
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"west rim"
in 9 reviews
"tennis courts"
in 10 reviews
"gorge trail"
in 37 reviews
"picnic area"
in 11 reviews
"picnic lunch"
in 6 reviews
"huge playground"
in 2 reviews
"natural pool"
in 7 reviews
"creek bed"
in 4 reviews
"vacation trip"
in 2 reviews
"camp sites are"
in 2 reviews
"western new york"
in 4 reviews
"hit or miss"
in 2 reviews
"camp store"
in 4 reviews
"free admission"
in 4 reviews
"follow the signs"
in 2 reviews
"up stairs"
in 2 reviews
"south end"
in 2 reviews

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Reviewed 4 September 2017

We had a great hike here with our dog on the Gorge trail and then the East rim trail. Lots of steps though! The hikes are only about a mile but there are many steps on the rim trail. It wasn't very crowded on the trail and we met several nice groups including others with dogs. There was also a nice playground area at the parking lot. The pool area was open but the water was 48 degrees and empty! A smaller park and waterfall than Letchworth State Park which we saw last year but definitely less crowded.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank GBruz
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Reviewed 3 September 2017

We try to see this park at least once a year. The Gorge walk is absolutely beautiful and for young kids and teens alike, the ability to go under the waterfalls and play in the 'brook' with it's turns and cascades is so much fun. The pool ( actually the stream dammed off), though always rather frigid, is well maintained and fun. The playground at the pool is very large and diverse, the 'under 12' group really loved it.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank jessandc
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Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

The State Park is filled with hiking trails, scenic overlooks, spectacular waterfalls and picnic areas. Admission is only $7 so get ready to 'fall' in love with Stony Brook.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank AmyC101
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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.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank CatonsvilleGeorge
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