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.

27 days ago

kids loved it, dog loved it, we loved it. Beautiful hike!

This trail should not be rated at easy due to the several staircases that will give you a good cardio workout. If you desire an extra layer of difficulty, start at the West Rim Trial, then down the Gorge and finish with the East Rim. One drawback is the park is charging you to get in but the Gorge Trail was not open when we went there on 5/20/18. Welcome to NYS!!

Definitely would not call this a “easy hike for all skill levels” but I enjoyed myself

Peaceful trails, gorgeous waterfalls. Absolutely stunning in autumn.

Nice trail, great views, easy climbing and well marked.

Great Place to bring the dogs (they love the water) Waterfalls were beautiful! Great place for photos!

Tough trail. Very quick elevation changes but beautiful views from the gorge trail and the east rim trail. Gorge trail was pretty heavily trafficked but the east rim was pretty quiet. Very nice!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

This is my go to park for a nice hike to defrag my mind after a day at the office.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

nice hike with family. lots of nice scenery.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Was staying at a nearby hotel for work and hiked the park two weekends in a row. The gorge trail which follows the brook is really awesome and there are some great views. Quick and easy hiking, very enjoyable.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

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.

trails are kept clear, family and dog friendly.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Stayed at Stony Brook while traveling through New York to see Niagara Falls and honestly I enjoyed this trail more than I enjoyed Niagara Falls. Each of the 9 is individually beautiful and the whole area is a lush hardwood forest.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

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.

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

I am surprised there is only one review other than mine, this place is beautiful!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

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.

Monday, September 07, 2015

I was pleasantly surprised at how beautiful these trails were - we hiked the East Rim trail and the Gorge Trail all in one day which was pretty easy to moderate and about 3.6 miles total. My dog loved it too!

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.

Such a fun place to spend the day!

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Nice loop hike with plenty of water falls and swimming holes. Family freindly (even for young children) If you plan on swimming bring water shoes or simply walk the creek bed.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

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!

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Beautiful setting and wonderful trail!

I hiked this a few months ago, and i have to say i loved it, some really nice waterfalls. It didnt seem enough to me to be in the strenuous category, however the stairs being longer, unorthodox stairs, could be the difference.

Love this place I go every year for July 4th. Great time. The gorge tail is my favorite and has lots of steps but take some water shoes and walk the creek bed and its all worth it. The rim trails are also amazing with outstanding views

Amazing views. Go. One of the best hikes I have ever been on.. Simply breath taking.. A long way up but worth it. This is a 10 star hike!!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

nice water falls (9)mustbe a climber on some parts but worth it for the falls

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Take a walk, get wet, enjoy a good hike ( there are a few trails) and nature / water falls .... and you are going to get hungry at the end.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

We make the trip down here 3 or 4 times a year. Great loop especially in the fall for pictures. Not that many people on normal weekends. No one hassles me if I let the dogs off leash

Was a great trip! We just went for a few hours to do some hiking and picture taking. Was easy hiking along the water. I would bring water shoes, would help that way you can get a even better view of all the falls!! I would go again. A good time for the whole family.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

A great place to camp, and then spend the days hiking through the brook or swimming in the natural pools at the foot of many beautiful waterfalls. Gorge hiking and climbing available, and steps, man-made trails have been developed for those hikers that are green.

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