Bluffs State Park
Town of Huron,
GPS: Park entrance: N 43.28015 / W 76.92249
Directions: From Rt. 104 take County Hwy 254
north, which soon becomes Garner Rd. After 4.5 miles it will bend
sharply to the right and shortly thereafter, on the left,
will be the main entrance to the park. An alternative entrance can be
found by continuing past this entrance and making a left on
East Bay Rd. Follow this road until it reaches the lake.
Or use Google directions.
Description & History
an hour east of Rochester, this beautiful post-glacial
landscape is now a developed state park and a favorite of
hikers and photographers alike. With four miles of hiking
trails and many spectacular views overlooking jagged cliffs
and the ever-changing Lake Ontario, this popular park,
despite being so isolated, is a favorite destination of
thousands. The Bluff Trail offers visitors a hike along the
edge of the clay cliffs, offering an exhilarating and
somewhat dangerous experience for hikers of all skill
levels. It's a unique and memorial experience for visitors
of all ages and highly recommended.
The bluffs were formed by a glacial
which has been eroded away by wind, lake waters, rain and
ice; forming razor-like edges. Drumlins are common for
Western and Central NY, but one that is sliced in half like
this is pretty rare. There are only three large examples of
this in the region, with the Chimney Bluffs being both the
largest and the most accessible.
Aside from the Bluffs, the park has a
large, undeveloped pebble beach where visitors can wade in
the water, hand launch boats, or fish. The picnic area is
fairly new and features solid tables and a large mowed area
for lawn games. Nature trails wind in an out of hundreds of
acres of wooded inclines and one extends to the wetland
across the street; an excellent bird-watching location.
Seasons/Hours: Year-round. From dawn until dusk.
Best time to visit: Summer through fall.
There are two parking areas and enough room for 50 cars. A
large lot is at the main entrance and is adjacent to the
restroom and picnic facilities (map).
Another, smaller lot is located near the beach off of E. Bay
Handicap accessibility: yes, but not for trails or
Pets: Yes, on leash, with proof of inoculation.
For their safety and the safety of other visitors, please do
not bring your pet on the Bluff Trail.
Accommodations: Restrooms (near the main entrance and
one off of E. Bay Rd.), picnic areas, drinking
fountains, beach access, grills. Swimming is not allowed,
but people do it anyways.
Boating: You can hand launch at the beach.
The Bluff Trail is the first adventure one should take when
visiting. Offering excellent views from atop the bluffs as
well as many dips and turns, it is as memorable as it is
exciting. There are
steep climbs, wet areas and portions of the trail that come
so close to the edge. Vertigo may set in, so if you take any
daring The trail starts
at one entrance and ends at the other. Although climbing the
bluffs is prohibited, it is not uncommon to see it being
done. It is a favorite pastime of locals.
This is not rock,
but a clay-like dirt, making these cliffs very unstable. The
formations will change drastically from year to year and mud
and rock slides occur frequently.
For a more guided look at the trails,
The pebble beach in this area is characteristic of its
proximity to glacial geological features. Both the power of
grinding glaciers and the continual movement of lake waters
have polished rock fragments into round pebbles of varying
sizes. Many of the rocks types that can be found here have
been transported from thousands of miles away.
the Bluffs dip in elevation towards the west, an exposed
section of the cliff along the beach reveals grey clay,
similar to modeling clay. Visitor will usually carve their
names into the cliff and create models, leaving them for
others to discover.
In summer the sun sets over the lake offering a spectacular
waterscape. This is one of the prime sunset locations for
the Lake Ontario southern shore.
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Wolcott, NY 14590
Phone: (315) 947-5205