Stony Brook State Park's terrain comprises hilly woodlands, a deep gorge with rugged cliffs overlooking three waterfalls and fascinating rock formations. 125 tent and trailer campsites are scattered in the woodlands above the gorge in the upper or south end of the park. Visitors can hike rim, gorge or nature trails, play tennis on park courts, picnic or swim in the park's stream-fed pool. In winter, three miles of cross-country trails are available for skiers. Some winter hiking is allowed, but not on the gorge trails.There is only one dumping station available at Stony Brook State Park.
Matt J. on Stony Brook Via East Rim and Gorge ...
Took the east rim trail and looped around back through the west rim trail. Unfortunately the gorge trail wasn't open. That gives us a reason to come back though. The rim trails provided great views of the gorge on both sides. The hike is uphill for the most part on both trails. Looping from the east trail to the west trail was a little confusing as there were multiple paths you could take and no signs. We figured it out eventually after back tracking. This is the only reason it is a 3 and not a 4 to me.
A moderate 2.5 mile loop starting from the main parking lot taking the west rim trail which quickly has a 210ft gain in elevation. Connect to the gorge trail which hugs stony brook with several bridges, passing waterfalls and swimming area, ending back at the main parking lot.
Karen D. on Stony Brook Via East Rim and Gorge ...
I am surprised there is only one review other than mine, this place is beautiful!
A great place to hike and spend time with family and loved ones. It has lovely trails, from easy to moderate. Also, the most beautiful river system runs through this awesome park as well. It has numerous areas for picnics and family gatherings, and even a play ground for the kids. You should go check it out. We loved it.
This is a very pretty trail to hike. The waterfalls are beautiful and there are places you can actually go in the water legally. There's a section that they dam off during certain times of the year, so the water rises and it looks like a natural inground swimming pool. They have lifeguards on duty. The depth goes from 2 feet to 8 feet. We walked up the gorge trail and took the west rim trail back. Both trails had some steep locations, so keep that in mind. We walked up the gorge and figured the west rim trail back would obviously be downhill. It doesn't work that way, the west rim trail going back still had some steep areas. If you want an easier way back, I would suggest just turning around and take the gorge trail back. Overall, it's a very tranquil and beautiful place to hike.
Great trail. A ton of elevation changes so it truely tests the legs (esp the stairs). My 6 year old made it around both sides (full loop) so its def doable with younger children. We had to pay attention to the west rim in regards to the dig cause the stairs do get a little narrow but other than that a very enjoyable family experience!