"Chimney Bluffs State Park" Wolcott Things to Do Tip by davecallahan

Wolcott Things to Do: 2 reviews and 9 photos

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Sandstone and limestone eroded into cliffs by the last glacier (Little Ice Age), wind and water. They formed from drumlins into these weirdly shaped spires and razor-backs. They are continually eroding even now and eventually will be rounded mounds.

Hiking the beach side is childs' play but you best be in relatively good shape before you try the peaks and spires. With camera in hand, you can get great photos from either the beach or from the tops of the bluffs. There are official hiking trails and visitors are warned to stay close to those trails to prevent serious accidents.
Vertigo runs in the family so we stayed on the lower trails which was a lot easier to walk anyways. We spread a blanket near the water, on a bit of an incline, and had sandwiches and cokes before heading back to the car. There are no facilities at this part of the park so if you have to get some relief then you best not wait until you are on the trail.

There are other bluffs along the shores from Sodus eastward for several miles but the ones at Chimney Bluffs are easiest accessed and most popular.

a good website about hiking the bluffs is:

So go have a good hike; take lots of pictures; be safe.

Address: 7700 Garner Road
Directions: route 104 to Bluff Road, then north on Bluff road to Garner Road

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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