Easy to get to the park! Unusual landscapes. It is free!
If you can find time, go see it
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
We stopped in here for submarine sandwiches and cokes. A small diner-style restaurant that serves sandwiches, hot dogs, burgers, fries, pizza and calzones and other finger foods. Place was clean; there was no crowd; one waitress yet the service was fast.$12 for two of us.Convenient to the lighthouse where we were touring and right on the harbor...more
If you want to dine in a fine restaraunt go inside to eat. In Summer though, its best to east alfresco. There's a great patio with umbrellas at the tables to give you that oceanside dining experience. They have live music on a regular basis for an evening bar experience. We had the fried Haddock. It was the best we ever tasted.more
Every Sunday in July and August (after the 4th of July), there is entertainment out in the yard next to the lighthouse. The concerts are free but you need to bring your own seat or blanket.Last minute concellations sometimes occur if weather is too bad (call the phone number below for exact dates this year).The music includes big band groups, jazz...more
The second last weekend of July is the time for the Sodus Point Olde Tyme Country Faire. It runs from 9am to 9pm on Saturday and 9am to 4pm on Sunday. Friday evening (7pm) is the pet parade and ice cream social.There will be carnival rides and live music entertainment; plenty of finger foods and beverages; midway games and raffles. Part of the...more
For the most part, Sodus Point is rated as "low risk" on the crime risk scale but one crime is lately on the rise and is now at the "above average" risk level. That crime is Rape which has increased dramatically in the last 5 years. (There are no registered sex offenders in the area).Extra caution is advised if you are a woman alone or a family...more
You really have to be very careful here when walking up to the bluffs. Although in some areas, there are nice clear paths, in other areas the paths are barely present and very muddy . There are also fallen trees you need to step over.Another thing to be careful of while walking in the woods is poisen ivy...It is everywhere! When you finally arrive...more
Comfortable shoes or sneakers. I wouldn't wear you favorite pair as some of the trails are quite muddy. I would also wear jeans or long trousers, even in the summer. There is quite a bit of poisen ivy in some areas of the woods. A jacket in the spring or autumn, it gets quite windy at the bluffs. I wouldn't climb these trails in thw winter!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Suncreen, if you plan to walk along the shoreline in the summer.
Photo Equipment: Of course bring your camera! :-)
Miscellaneous: Bring some water for the hike and a picnic lunch. There are a few picnic tables at the beginning of the trails.
The lighthouse on North Ontario Street serves another useful purpose.... they have installed a weather cam on the side and it looks out over the Lake Ontario area so that you can tell what the local weather is right now. (not very useful at night though).Use the link below and the camera options on that page to get theinfo you...more