There is now a self guided historic walk through Sodus Point pamplet. It tells the rich history of our town through 7 murals, 7 plaques and 3 interpretive panels. Learn about our Battle of Sodus Point that occurred during the War of 1812, our magnificent Lighthouse, our involvement in the Underground Railroad, our involvement in the French and Indian War, our town's WW2 POW camp, a 600 foot coal trestle, the Lake steamers that used Sodus Point as a destination and much more! The pamplet can be picked up at the Info Center, the lighthouse, restaurants, the yacht club or the many B&Bs.
This is one of New York's most unusual parks. The strange rock formations, carved by wind and water, appear like something from the West, not the Northeast.
A hiking trail leads visitors from the entrance to the scenic overlooks. It's not very long, but the going gets tough in the thick woods. Also, be careful to stay back from the edge of the cliffs.
There are picnic tables and restrooms, plus a few monuments. It's open from dawn to dusk, year-round.
The tower is not too high (45 feet) and its spiral staircase is accessible to the public.
The stone for the building and tower was quarried in Kingston, Ontario and the structure was built in 1870's.
The main part of the structure is a museum dedicated to Sodus and its history on Lake Ontario and a portion of that museum has some information about the lighthouse.
Also within the building is a small but expensive gift shop where you can get Sodus Lighthouse souveniers but which also has a fine collection of books about other lighthouses on Lake Ontario and the history of Sodus.
Admittance is free but there is a donation box at the door.
There is a real-time weather camera on the roof of the building and it is accessible as:
Sodus Point has a pleasant downtown along the shores of Lake Ontario. Check out the old 19th century lighthouse, with its Fresnel lens. And then visit the new lighthouse on the long pier that juts out into the lake.
If you have a little extra time after visiting Chimney Bluffs State Park, you can take a drive around to the otherside of Sodus Bay to visit the Sodus Point Lighthouse and Museum.
This old wooden lighthouse was built in 1870. This is the second lighthouse built here, the original was built in 1825. The grounds and views surrounding the lighthouse are beautiful.
Open May 1st to October 31st
Tuesdays through Sundays
10:00am to 5:00 pm
No Admission,but donations are encouraged.
The hike up is lovely. There are all kinds of varieties of plants, trees, flowers ,berries and mushrooms. You do have to be careful as some of the trails are almost nonexistant.
This picture was taken at the top of the bluffs and is the very best part of the trail. I loved the flowers in this area. They looked very similiar to snapdragons and they almost completely covered this whole area. It almost looked like they were planted there, but they are wild.
After taking the upper trail through the woods and viewing the bluffs from above, you can climb down and walk the shoreline, to view them from below.
In the summer, you can take off your shoes and walk in the water to cool off your feet as you stroll.
I love the state parks in my state and thought I knew of all of them in my area...until now!
Chimney Bluffs is not as well known as the more popular state parks such as Watkins Glen, Taughannock Falls etc. It is not as developed and very unspoiled. As a matter of fact, you don't even have to pay to park here as you do for the other parks. You can just park and hike!
The bluffs are interesting and unique rock formations created during the Ice Age. Their setting is very gorgeous with a woods at the top and the shoreline of Lake Ontario below.
You can hike along the rim trail through the woods stopping at many look out areas and admire the scenery and then walk back along the shoreline and view them from below.
Another lighthouse at Sodus Point! This isn't THE Sodus Point Lighthouse..but it is another lighthouse located at Sodus Point. So if you like lighthouses, finding this one as well is a bonus! :-)