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Stony Brook State Park

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All trails are currently closed for the season

10820 Route 36 South
Dansville, NY 14437
Latitude 42.526417
Longitude -77.696533

Stony Brook State Park features a rugged gorge in the rolling hills of Western New York. You can enjoy the park's rich scenery while camping, picnicking, swimming or hiking.

The North Entrance for day use visitors features a picnic area with tables, grills, restrooms, playground, natural stream-fed pool, and entrance to the hiking trails. The park offers a variety of play fields that include: Playgrounds, Tennis Court, Baseball Field, Volleyball Court, and Basketball.

Hikers can choose among 3 hiking trails which are all about 1 mile long with quite a bit of stairs making them moderately difficult. The park's beautiful gorge trail passes by 3 major waterfalls and flows into our stream-fed pool at the North Entrance. We recommend the Gorge Trail as the easiest and most scenic. The Rim Trails climb the towering cliffs through the woodlands that overlook waterfalls and fascinating rock formations. Due to the nature of our trails they are not accessible to wheelchairs, medical walkers, or strollers.

88 campsites, 1 group campsite, and 8 rustic cabins are scattered in the woodlands above the gorge in the South Entrance to the park. The campground does not offer electric or water on campsites or in the cabins, but there are comfort stations in each loop and a dump station.

During the winter season, most areas of the park are closed to the public including the South Entrance, playgrounds, playfields, and all hiking trails. These areas remain closed until the following spring after cleanup and safety inspections are complete. The North Entrance is open year round and visitors may enjoy walking through the picnic area.

Pavilion Reservation Information 

Current Water Quality - Beach Results

Household pets only; caged or on a leash not more than 6 feet. Proof of rabies inoculation.  For campers, if your site allows pets, there is a two-pet maximum.

Hours of Operation

  • The park is open from dawn to dusk, closing at dark, year round.
  • 2018 Swimming Season: 6/16 - 9/3, 10 am-6 pm

     Swimming dates and hours are subject to change and weather dependent. Visitors are strongly encouraged to contact the park office before your visit to confirm swimming is open.
  • 2018 Camping Season (Campsites & Cabins): May 4 - October 7
    *Group camping is available.

    Stony Brook's Camping Office can be reached by calling: (585) 335-5530

    *Please note within the camping season time frame, some loops/sites may open later or close earlier. For more details, please call the park at 585-335-5530 or visit

    There are no concession operations or Camp Store available for the 2018 season
  • Trails Update November 20: All trails are currently closed for the season.

    *Please note hiking trails need to be accessed from the north end of the park unless you are camping.

    **The open status of the trails is weather dependent. We strongly reccomend contacting the park office before your visit by calling: 585-335-8111.

  • Bow hunting for deer is permitted during season.
  • Shelters/Pavilions: Available May - October.
    *Please note vehicles will no longer be permitted in the lower picnic area on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays

Fees & Rates

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

The easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • Vehicle Entry Fee
  • Cars: $7
    Non-commercial bus: $35
    Commercial bus: $75
    Seasonal bus pass: $75

    5/5/2018 - 6/10/2018 from 9:00a - 5:00p, weekends & holidays
    6/16/2018 - 9/3/2018 from 10:00a - 6:00p, daily
    9/8/2018 - 10/8/2018 from 9:00a - 5:00p, weekends & holidays

  • Camping
  • Base Fee: $15.00 / per night
    XL Site Fee: additional $5.00 / per night
    Weekend/Holiday Fee: additional $4.00 / per any Fri, Sat, and night before a holiday
    Campsite Out of State Fee: additional $5.00 / per night

    Cabins - Rustic, non-electric
    Base Fee: $ 45.50 / per night (2 night minimum stay)
    Cabin Out of State Fee: additional $7.00 / per night

    Camping Reservation Fee
    Camping Reservation Fee - Reserving ahead of time (Reserve America): $9.00 / once
    Walk-In Camping Registration Fee - Reserving upon arrival at park: $2.75 / once 

    Group Camping
    Group Campsite Fee: $90.00 / night (Reservations must be made by calling the park office)

  • Peddling Fee
  • $400
  • Shelters/Pavilions
  • Clara Barton (North) - semi-enclosed: $60
    Shawmut (South) - open: $50


Digital Maps

New! Download this park's digital map to your iOS Apple and Android device.

Firewood source maps show a 50-mile radius from which untreated firewood may be moved to this campground. For more information see firewood restrictions.

Deer hunting (bow only) is permitted in season. Please reference the NYS DEC Hunting & Trapping Guide for current dates and rules.

  • 2017-18 Hunting Schedule for Finger Lakes State Parks & Historic Sites
  • Archery deer hunting is allowed on the east side of the gorge only.

A valid New York State hunting license with the proper hunting stamps will serve as the regional hunting permit. Except where otherwise stated, this is the only permit necessary.

Safety zones and restricted areas are posted to ensure the safety of other park patrons and regional personnel. Signs will be posted at all parks during hunting season to notify patrons of this activity. Handguns will not be permitted in any of the parks. No trapping is allowed.

For additional information, please contact Stony Brook State Park at: (585) 335-8111

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While You're Here Wear bright colors for the Grey Petaltail Dragonfly! They often land on visitors' arms & caps.

Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Campsites * Camping Office #: (585) 335-5530
  • Dumping Stations
  • Grills
  • Nature Trails
  • Pavilions (Accessible)
  • Picnic Tables (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds
  • Playing Fields
  • Showers (Accessible)
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tent/Trailer Sites (Accessible)
  • Waterfalls
  • Activities
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Snowmobiling
  • Tennis
  • X-Country Skiing