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“I can't believe this is in NYS” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Chimney Bluffs State Park

Chimney Bluffs State Park
7700 Garner Rd, Wolcott, NY 14590
(315) 594-6770
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Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Wolcott
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Buffalo, New York
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“I can't believe this is in NYS”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013 via mobile

As previously mentioned you would think you are in the Arizona desert or on another planet. Also agree the signage is poor but the park entrance is free. There is a paved path to the bluff overlooking beautuful Lake Ontario. To reach the chimney bluffs there is a mowed grass path to the right that is unmarked that leads you into the woods along a narrow path. This trail takes about 30 minutes and is moderately challenging and is pretty muddy in sections. When you reach the chimney bluffs you will be amazed when you see the eroding sandy structures-its worth the long walk. You can continue on the path which is unmarked through the woods for about 15 minutes until you reach a four way intersection with a small sign that says park to the right, which is about ten more minutes back to the parking lot. Was very muddy but fairly easy. The other option is to turn around and take the trail back on the ridge. When you leave the park turn left, go about one mile and turn left and go to the end of the road. This will take you to the shore level to see the chimney bluffs from their base. Just follow the shoreline toward the left.

Visited May 2013
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East Syracuse, New York
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“like a lunar experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

We are 5th wheel campers, and spend 10 or more nights a season at Lake Bluff Campground (great place and people). The blufs is a 5 minute ride from there. We go to the bluffs at lease 5 times a year. The State park is very nice, but a heck of a walk from teh parking to the water. If you continue past the State Park, take your first left (maybe another mile), then follow the road right to the water, there's a large parking area, and a small restroom facility. It's right at the water, and a great way to access the shoreline and see the bluffs if you're not up for a walk.

Visited September 2012
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Syracuse, New York
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“Otherworldly”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

The bluffs just don't seem to fit the northeast and the shore of a Great Lake. They look like they belong in the southwest.

Visited April 2013
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Oswego, New York
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“Beautiful and exotic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

The bluffs look like the type of natural sandstone sculpture you'd find in, say, Arizona or New Mexico. Maybe it's just my ignorance of geology, but I would never have guessed that anything like this would be here in upstate New York. The Lake Ontario background adds to the beauty, of course. I need to make another trip out there. (Summer would seem to be the best time, as you can hike within close view of the bluffs.)

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Lockport, New York
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“Amazing Natural Wonder”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

It was amazing to see these natural bluffs. Two trails, one on the beach, which is mor beautiful to see, the one through the woods I dont recommend. Also there is a easier access to the bluffs without the hike it is located on E Bay Rd. Didnt feel the park maps were very helpful. No park staff on location.

Visited August 2012
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