Stony Brook State Park waterfall cover

Stony Brook State Park

Stony Brook State Park is absolutely stunning year round, but my favorite time to visit is on a mild November day, once the crowds and heat of summer have slipped away. There have been times where we have had the park nearly to ourselves! Alternatively, early mornings before 10am are great for quiet walks in the gorge.

Stony Brook State Park gorge trail

The Gorge Trail

The 3/4 mile long walkway is a combination of shale, gravel, and stairs. Stony Brook has a similar feeling to the other Finger Lakes gorge parks while being a bit more manageable. Stony Brook State Park is less challenging than Watkins Glen State Park, though not as awe-inspiring. It is similar to Buttermilk Falls State Park on a smaller scale. I feel it’s also much less crowded, especially with Letchworth State Park being so close by, and Sugar Creek Glen Campground right down the street. Sugar Creek Glen is less developed with not formal trails, though you are able to wade in the water. You can pay a small fee to enter even if you are not camping.

Stony Brook State Park gorge trail stairs

Stony Brook State Park trail

Stony Brook State Park shallow brook

Stony Brook State Park small waterfall

The Stone & Wooden Foot Bridges

Stony Brook State Park bridge

Stony Brook State Park second bridge stairs

Stony Brook State Park walk across bridge

Stony Brook State Park second bridge

Stony Brook State Park first bridge

The First Waterfall

Stony Brook State Park first waterfall

Stony Brook State Park early morning waterfall

Stony Brook State Park people first waterfall

The Second Waterfall

Stony Brook State Park 2nd waterfall

Stony Brook State Park second waterfall

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Stony Brook State Park Natural Swimming Pool

This is the only section of the park where swimming in the brook is allowed, when a lifeguard is on duty. Be advised,  wading into the water in the gorge is not allowed and there could be fines issued for doing so.

Stony Brook State Park natural swimming pool

Stony Brook State Park natural swimming pool

From the NYS Parks website

“Stony Brook State Park’s terrain comprises hilly woodlands, a deep gorge with rugged cliffs overlooking three waterfalls and fascinating rock formations. Visitors can hike rim, gorge or nature trails, play tennis on park courts, or picnic. Some winter hiking is allowed, but not on the gorge or rim trails.”

Stony Brook State Park picnic

Stony Brook State Park playground

Stony Brook State Park bench morning sun rays

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Debi Bower

Born, raised and living life as a digital designer in Rochester, NY! I am also a day-tripper, writer & photographer, exploring the nooks and crannies that make our part of New York State so special.

2 Comments

  1. Why show people wading in the water when it is not allowed?

    1. Truth be told, Dion, it’s been so many years since I’ve been I don’t have pictures since the enforcement of that rule went into full effect. Because you’ve mentioned it, I’ll pull those images off and make it a point to get back there post haste! Thank you!

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