Explore the most popular trails in Stony Brook State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

hiking
24 days ago

Great trail - short, good for families, currently closed for winter.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail! So many awesome water features!! Slippery and lots of stairs

hiking
3 months ago

Easy walk, beautiful set of three large and many small waterfalls and varied and interesting stonework in the gorge. We went early in the morning and only shared the gorge with a few groups, very peaceful, great photo ops with the leaves changing.

Rainy day turned to peeks of blue sky. We were the only vehicle in the main lot and had the trail to ourselves. Beautiful colors even without the sun. : )

on Gorge Trail Loop

hiking
4 months ago

This is not an easy trail; however, it is a very good hike. Half of the hike is along the beautiful Stony Brook with waterfalls and the other half is high on the gorge with pretty views. The hike is not easy because of the long stretches of stairs with many awkwardly placed steps. Also the hike is a bit longer than the 1.5 miles indicated. $7 per car to get into state park.

Cool, woodsy trail with waterfalls, we did the East Rim Trail and then followed the Gorge Trail and West Rim Trail along the water. East Rim was very dog friendly, I was able to let my dog off her leash for a little while because there was no one else on that portion of the hike. While the State Park was packed with tourists, this trail was secluded and quiet. The Gorge Trail was a bit busier and the natural swimming pools were packed. We found a quieter area and went swimming on our own near a waterfall, technically you are not supposed to go in where we went but we did it anyway and it was well worth it.

Incredible waterfalls, clearly marked trails, friendly people, not hard to find trail head. I brought my puppy and he had a blast with me. Highly recommend.

The east lip trail doesn’t offer many spectacular views, but it’s definitely the “hike” of the two trails. Obviously the gorge trail is going to have the views, but with that comes the crowds and inconsiderate/inexperienced people. I was able to do both of these trails with a 2 week old sprained ankle...so that should tell you the extent of its difficulty.

awesome trail, great hike. saw multiple waterfalls. lots of stairs but also a lot of flat sections to help break up the hike.

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bugs
6 months ago

One of the best locations to go in western NY. Three awesome waterfalls accompanied by a ton of smaller ones. Everything is as interactive as you make it. You can (though against the law) walk in the water in the gorge. Like any park, get there early. Less people makes it so much better.

I would definitely visit the falls again at a less busy time! The Gorge Trail has multiple beautiful waterfalls that you can find people swimming in. The West Rim is full of stairs, which gives you a good lil’ workout before cooling off in the falls.

This was a great trail. Busy with kids and families in the water. Slightly muddy. A lot less people on the back side of the trail. Lots of steps. Very scenic water falls. Ok signage to know where to go. Convenient and clean restrooms at convenient places.

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muddy
7 months ago

My favorite place to exercise. I usually follow West Rim (or East) to the Gorge trail. By then I’m tired, sweaty and ready to relax by some waterfalls. It’s an easily accessible park, and well maintained for the most part. I would like to see some of the staircases on the gorge trail fixed. They can be risky if you aren’t watching your step on the way down.

This trail is great for rucking - was hauling 30lbs of photography equipment. Got some nice shots and the multitude of steps and inclines got my heart rate up to 130.

To me, it was more work than enjoyment.

East Rim and West Rim Trails are now open!! Gorge Trail is not yet open.

Peaceful and beautiful easy hike with awesome waterfalls.

Wed Oct 24 2018

Easy hike even in the rain on October 25, 2018. Paved rock path and steps. Great views at every turn

nice walk with my 2 year old nephew and my sister with her week old child

hiking
Tue Sep 11 2018

Great hike! Can be heavily trafficked at times, you aren’t allowed in the creek and it is monitored with by a park ranger to keep hikers out of the creek. Waterfalls are beautiful. Trail is wet and slippery, highly recommend shoes that have good grip. We also camped during Labor Day weekend. Decent campsite, great firewood for sale at a barn at the top of the hill before you turn towards the entrance to the park (highly recommend purchasing from them). Camp site was well kept, but the ground was extremely hard from all the use it gets, even the dogs didn’t want to lay on it without something soft under them. Make sure you bring a sleeping pad. Sites aren’t very secluded so be prepared to make friends with your neighbors.

Had so much fun here with our dog swam in the falls. Would definitely make the drive out again!

The trail was awesome as we took our 11 year old grandson. The water falls and gorge were amazing. An autumn walk would be even better.

Beautiful and a great find. Aside for a lot of stairs it wasn’t too challenging. Would come again.

hiking
Tue Aug 07 2018

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.

Great trail and a good workout for a little loop.

If you like waterfalls you will love the gorge walk. This is dog friendly

Mon May 28 2018

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

Gorge trail has quite the ascent of stairs, so prepare for that. The views are stunning! Fun trail to hike

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