Stony Brook State Park
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KateMoves
Malta, NY135 contributions
Sep 2021
We've hiked most of the gorges and waterfall trails in the Finger Lakes. This park is slightly off the beaten path and as lovely as any of the other parks.
You do have to check if trails will be open. They close for safety when there is heavy rain or cold weather. But even being able to hike part of a trail is worth it.
The Gorge Trail follows the river right up all the waterfalls. Requires some careful walking and quite a few stairs, but relatively easy for anyone used to hikes.
The rim trails give you the views, but you will be going almost straight up (and down) on stairs. Not for the timid or the unprepared.
Plan for a weekday and it will not be crowded. We saw almost no one.
There are paved pathways that allow you to see the river even if you can not hike.
And a perfect playground for children with hundreds of places for a picnic or a walk in the trees.
There's even tennis courts.
We'll be back.
Written September 27, 2021
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Lisa S
3 contributions
Jun 2022
This is a beautiful little park! The Gorge Trail takes you right along the water and the falls. The walls of the ravine are a bit delicate so with heavy storms there are little rock slides that occur (some of the stairs even had loose shale? that had fallen covering them), It's very cool to look at all the layers of rock though! Lots of stairs but pretty easy walking on the trails. All my kids handled it fine. Held my daughters hand a few times as she doesn't have the best balance. A few high edges so watch the little ones. It's chipmunk heaven - holes at the bas eof every tree with them popping in and out. Cute! Bathrooms were pretty clean! We did not see any open cafe while there but we brought everything we needed with us. Bug spray is a very good idea. Sturdy sandals or sneakers recommended. Please be considerate and stay out of the water. There are signs all around that many ignored. We need to care for this lovely place or it won't stay so beautiful!
Written June 21, 2022
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CJ O
East Bethany, NY74 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
I love this park to camp. My sole gripe is GENERATORS. We tent camp up in the 200s for peace and quiet/family friendliness. I have hearing damage and listening to my neighbors generator 10 to 20 ft away is a bit much. It's not their fault, generators are allowed during designated hours. They have been super respectful of that. It would be super nice is the mgmt could keep anyone who requires a generator to the 400s or 300s and have the 200s remain quiet and tenter/cabin user friendly. Not everyone wants a toilet hookup and gas generator fumes next to their tent. :/ I will bring my ear mufflers next time (usually for mowing). This is not healthy for my already damaged (not from a generator, long story) hearing.
Written August 27, 2021
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Vicky
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Aug 2020
Be aware this park is operating at 50% capacity due to the Covid virus. My husband and I travelled from NW Pa to hike this park and picnic. We arrived at 12 noon and were met with blockades at the entrances and officers at the entrance saying they were at capacity and we could not enter. There were at least 10 cars lined up on the sides of the road with some very unhappy people being told they were closed.
Written August 9, 2020
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Deb Lynn
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Jul 2020 • Solo
I have been camping at state parks for many years without any issues. This park was the 1st poorly run campground that I have gone to.
Security drove around in their cars and did nothing when people were up disturbing others until 1:30-2am. Quiet hours were not enforced. Parking rules of 2 cars per site was also not followed. I like dogs but most sites had 2 dogs per site and the owners did not pickup poop or quiet there dogs. Again nothing was enforced. Lastly, during this time we must all maintain safe distancing. People walking the trails did not wear masks when walking in close quarters. Also in the swimming area, people were close to each other without masks. Definitely not a safe environment. This will be one park I will not return to ever again.
Don’t expect peace and quiet if you go to this park.
Written August 4, 2020
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jeff77664
Downingtown, PA516 contributions
May 2022
Wen there in May and spent several hours. The Gorge Trail was not yet open. Did the West Rim Trail and you could see 3 waterfalls from a distance. The trail was steep with numerous ups and downs. The park was not crowded when we went.
Written July 29, 2022
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MAM
231 contributions
Jun 2022
Had a fun time hiking the gorge and rim trails and enjoying the waterfalls. 2 of us liked it, but it was a little more strenuous than some of our party could handle. Camping was average, kind of old fashioned with minimal amenities.
Written June 20, 2022
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ADbomtony
New York City, NY150 contributions
Jul 2020
We did the West and East rim trail as the Gorge trail was closed. It took 1.5 hours to finish the entire hike. Paths are well marked and flat except when ascending.
Great but distant views of the fall along good bird watching

Lots of spaces for picnics and swimming (though it was closed for cleaning)
Written July 15, 2020
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sarahp31
Rochester13 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
This is an amazing beautiful place that I have enjoyed for years. I have been looking forward to taking my own children here. I'm am greatly sadden and angry that you can no longer go in the water beyond the "pool" which is freezing cold! People don't want to go for the pool they want to go explore the water and waterfalls. I would even sign a waver to do so. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone now and I will never go again. What a huge disappointment. Pretty soon our children won't be allowed to do anything at all.
Written July 3, 2017
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parklady77
Hornell, NY1 contribution
Jun 2011
Stony Brook used to have 2 pools. Then they closed the upper pool years ago. Why? Who knows. Then in 2010 they closed the lower pool....they said due to lack of funds. HUH ? Lack of funds for what ......chlorine maybe ....but this is a fresh water creek pool. NOW this year 2011 they will continue to keep the pool closed. This is by far the cheapest state park pool in the state to run.....no chemicals....no pumps. ONLY pay for the lifegaurds....nothing else. Really, what good is a park without a pool on a summer day? I guess we just don't pay enough in taxes......
Written June 8, 2011
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