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Stony Brook State Park
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Stony Brook State Park
Description - Stony Brook State Park's terrain comprises hilly woodlands, a deep gorge with rugged cliffs overlooking three waterfalls and fascinating rock formations. Day use and overnight facilities are offered year-round with seasonal limitations.

Attractions - A variety of outdoor recreation amenities are available at this park. Visitors can hike the rim of the gorge or descend into the gorge. They may also play tennis while visiting the park or picnic or enjoy watching children swing at the playground. A campground offers showers, a dump station and an opportunity to relax in a beautiful outdoor environment.

Recreation - Stony Brook State Park offers a swimming beach, hunting opportunities, a nature trail, picnic ground, tennis courts, children's playground, campground, hiking trails which are used as cross-country trails in winter, picnic pavilions and showers. Camping seasons runs from the first weekend in May to mid-October. All gorge trails close the Friday before Thanksgiving. Bow hunting for deer is permitted during season.

Climate - The Stony Brook State Park area experiences average January temperatures above 22 degrees Fahrenheit (above -6 degrees Celsius). It is important to note that this area receives some of the heaviest snowfalls in the nation. Summer temperatures average around 72 degrees Fahrenheit (around 22 degrees Celsius). Precipitation in the region ranges from less than 36 inches to approximately 40 inches of rain and snowmelt.

Location - Stony Brook State Park is located 3 miles south of Dansville along SR 36 near the confluence of Canaseraga Creek and Stony Brook.

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Filed By: Kristin
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Stony Brook is a great summer getaway. Every summer my family and I go camping there. It is a nice senic park with a lot open camping spots. Campsites 102 and 103 go fast so book ahead!

Filed By: Ron
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Very pristine rugged and beautiful country. The hardwoods are beautiful set against the hills and crevices. Fall is absolutely gorgeous and the park isn't crowded at all. The water in the stream is clear and refreshing. It's a totally relaxing place and the employees are friendly, helpful and know a great deal about local history. If you are looking for peaceful solitude away from everyday hustle this is the place. Not sure what it's like in winter there. My guess is you'd have the park to yourself most days. Spring, summer and fall you will see patrons but not over crowded at all. Really good place for kids to have fun for free! Be sure to research the area wildlife because you'll see it and be asked. This park holds all the beauty you have ever heard about the North East! Must visit once in a lifetime.

Filed By: Ellen (Syracuse, NY)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is our new favorite campground! We absolutely fell in love with Stony Brook. The swimming hole and the accommodations make this park beyond compare. The staff was AMAZING. (Cheers to the 2 gentleman grounds keepers who helped me look for my lost glasses). A wonderful experience overall, and one I have already made reservations to repeat. - What a wonderful surprise when we happened upon it. You really have to visit and see its wonderful trails and the beautiful water - not to mention to stay in the immaculate and nicely spaced campsites. I highly recommend this park to everyone. We found it to be great for couples - but during our stay, we kept saying how much we wanted to recommend it to our family - especially those with young children who like to swim and play outdoors. Recommended to ANYONE!

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The place is beautifful with a nice walk through some nice woods with great views of a few waterfalls. There's quite a few steps to climb but worth it.

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Stony Brook State Park, 10820 Route 36 South , Dansville, NY, 14437, Phone: 716-335-8111

Additional Information:
Finger Lakes Travel Region - Glacial ice sheets deepened the earth becoming a basin with soil and rock deposits forming natural dams allowing glacial melts to fill what is now known as Finger Lakes.
New York State Parks - The New York Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation offers 152 parks, 35 historic sites and 27 golf courses for all tastes, ages and abilities.

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