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Stony Brook State Park

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Trails Update

11/29/2021: The Gorge trail, West Rim Trail, East Rim trail, playgrounds, comfort stations, and campgrounds are CLOSED for the winter season. Please contact the park office at (585) 335 – 8111 for additional information.

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

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Before venturing out to Stony Brook State Park, please download our mobile app for up-to-date information. Be sure to mark Stony Brook as a FAVORITE in order to get real-time alerts.

2021 CAMPING: You must have a reservation to camp. No walk-up camping stays will be accepted.

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 begins at our stream-fed pool in the North Entrance and passes by 3 major waterfalls. 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.

The park offers 2 rentable picnic shelters that are perfect for hosting a family reunion, birthday party, graduation, or BBQ. The Clara Barton Shelter is located at the North Entrance in the center of the picnic area. The Shawmut Shelter is located at the South Entrance off the main Campground parking lot.

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 Information
Stony Brook has two pavilions. Prices range from $50 to $75 and can accommodate 60 to 75 people. Check availability at

Picnic Shelter Reservation Information

Current Water Quality - Beach Results

Pet Policy: A maximum of two pets are allowed in campsites and day use areas unless prohibited by sign or directive. Pets are to be supervised at all times and either be crated or on a leash not more than 6-feet in length. Proof of rabies inoculation shall be produced if requested by staff. Pets are not permitted in playgrounds, buildings, golf courses, boardwalks, pools and spray-grounds or guarded beaches (this does not apply to service animals).

Hours of Operation

  • The park is open from dawn to dusk, closing at dark, year round.
  • 2021 Swimming Season: 6/26 to 9/6, 10 am to 6 pm
  • 2021 Camping Season (Campsites & Cabins): May 1 - October 10
    *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
  • Trails Update 11/29/2021: The Gorge Trail, West Rim Trail, and East Rim Trail are closed for the winter season.

    **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: $9
    Non-commercial bus: $35
    Commercial bus: $75
    Seasonal bus pass: $75

    5/1/2021 - 6/20/2021 from 9:00am - 5:00pm, weekends & holidays
    6/26/2021 - 9/6/2021 from 10:00am - 6:00pm, Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 6:00pm, weekends & holidays
    9/11/2021 - 10/11/2021 from 9:00am - 5:00pm, 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): $7.25 / once
    Walk-In Camping Registration Fee - Reserving upon arrival at park: $1.25 / once 

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

  • Peddling Fee
  • $400


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.

  • Archery deer hunting is allowed on the east side of the gorge only.
  • Hunter must check with park office to obtain a self-issue permit for any hunting.

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

Stony Brook Hunting Permit

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

Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Camper Assistance Program
  • Campsites, Cabins & Lodging * Camping Office #: (585) 335-5530
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Pavilions and Shelter Rentals (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds
  • Playing Fields
  • Showers (Accessible)
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing/X-Country Skiing
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tennis
  • Waterfalls