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Chimney Bluffs State Park

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Chimney Bluffs State Park

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Chris L wrote a review Sep 3
Niles, Michigan668 contributions143 helpful votes
This is a two-fer. First, you can take a hike through a forest that climbs to overlooks that feature the chimney bluffs. Spectacular views of the formations with Lake Ontario as a backdrop. Great photo ops. Then as you head further you will come to a second parking lot that gives access to rocky beaches. The water is shallow and kids can play in it, although it is best to wear beach shoes as bare feet can get scratched. The fee for parking is only $5, so a very inexpensive way to spend part or all of a day.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Tommy B wrote a review Sep 1
Finger Lakes, New York542 contributions196 helpful votes
My wife and I decided a day trip to a State Park would be both fun and good exercise. We chose this State park because it was not too far away, and it had good reviews. After a drive of about an hour and a half we arrived. It is a self-service entry system. $5 is better than most entry fees at other State parks we have visited this year. So a nice surprise. The park itself is small and you only have four trails to choose from. We chose the bluffs trail as it brought us the closest to the beautiful sandstone bluffs. What was a treat was that the trail wound it’s way through the forest as well, which was beautiful. We did go down to essentially the beach below the bluffs. Rather than hiking back up the same way we came, we walked back along the roads ringing the park. A better choice for us. Overall we enjoyed this small park on the shores of Lake Ontario.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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JanM16 wrote a review Aug 2020
Batavia, New York141 contributions44 helpful votes
Although much of the bluff trail is closed due to erosion, you can still get a really good view at the point where the Drumlin trail connects with the Bluff Trail. Also, at the east end of the park, you can access the shoreline and look up at these bluffs. The trip from the west parking lot to where you can view the bluffs from the top is extremely rocky and filled with tree roots that threaten to trip you constantly. It isn't a trail for kids to run on or for anyone in need of assistance when walking. Proceed at own risk!
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Jason P wrote a review Aug 2020
Lansing, Michigan637 contributions914 helpful votes
Anybody visiting Sodus Point should drive twenty minutes farther East and check this park out. The highlight is the bluff trail that runs 1.25 miles along eroding cliff sides that overlook Lake Ontario. The eroding cliffs make for some interesting formations, some of them resembling cliffs. Part of the trail is closed and there are detours due to trail erosion. So, if you want to walk from one end to the other, it ends up being quite a bit longer than 1.25 miles. We found if you use the East Bay Rd. parking lot on the far northeastern side of the park, you can hike up a steep trail to the top and get to a fabulous lookout point in about 15 minutes. I have a seven and four year old and while it wasn’t easy for them to get to the top on this trail, it was doable. Another option is to scramble down to the rocky beach from the end of the pavement at the East Bay parking lot and walk along the beach to see the cliffs from the ground. Would recommend doing both ways if you have the time. The day we were there was hot and humid with winds coming out of the south. This caused the trail and the beach to be buggy, especially with stable flies. Highly recommend putting on bug spray before hiking. There is no fee to park at the East Bay parking lot. There are two pit toilets but no other facilities. Parking lot holds about twenty vehicles. Was there on a Sunday in August and parking lot was never full.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Shelly C wrote a review Jul 2020
Auburn, New York287 contributions52 helpful votes
This is a great hidden gem in our area. Many people don't realize how beautiful it is. If you live in the area and have never been, you have to go. You can walk through the woods, along the top of the bluffs and down on the rocky beach. Something for everyone.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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