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Stony Brook State Park, Dansville

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State Park
Stony Brook State Park is a state park of New York in the United States. It is located south of Dansville in Steuben County on New York State Route 36. Stony Brook State Park Campground is short distance away. The Park has two entrances, upper and lower, connected (other than Route 36) only by the stream and trails.The signature attraction of the park is the eponymous brook, which is an example of small, post-glacial streams in the Finger Lakes area. The small creeks and brooks in this area cut through the Great Lakes-area escarpments following retreat of the ice age glaciers, creating deep, narrow gorges, with many waterfalls, which are uncommonly accessible.As do some other parks in the region, such as Fillmore Glen State Park, Robert H. Treman State Park, and Buttermilk Falls State Park, the park features a semi-natural swimming pool, created by a small dam constructed in the lower reaches of the stream.Stony Brook became a summer tourist spot in the late 19th century, following the construction of a railroad in 1883. The resort fell into decline by the 1920s. New York state resurrected the area by buying the land and establishing the state park in 1928.
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  • To be honest, I grew up nearby and have loved Stony Brook for decades. It has all the amenities of a larger park, but is accessible in a way that only a smaller park can be. There are 3 great hiking t...  more »
  • When we lived in Western NY we would go here 2-3 times per week. Fun playground for our son to play on, challenging and beautiful hike on either side of the gorge! Do yourself a favor and go here, oh ...  more »
  • Lovely day hike. Lots to do seasonally when the park is open. Swim/wade in the designated spots, hike the trails and enjoy the wildlife responsibly.  more »
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  • The gorge trail was really cool. Great hike for families with little kids. Plenty of picnic space for all the people there. They say no swimming in the river, but lots of people were playing in the water.
  • Stony Brook has fast become one of my favorite parks. I take my camera with me everywhere I go and the scenery here does not disappoint. The gorge trail is full of beautiful waterfalls, and there is always an abundance of different wildlife around.
  • My husband and I use to take our kids there, and now our grandkids..let's protect our national and state parks so our great grandchildren can enjoy this breathtaking, beautiful park...family oriented and amazing..
  • My absolute favorite place to hike! Beautiful scenery, waterfalls, and forestland. A MUST VISIT if you're on the area!
  • Beautiful park! Many waterfalls, lots of opportunities to swim, and dog-friendly!