Hike the Bluff Trail at Chimney Bluffs State Park

Chimney Bluffs Trailhead

Feel like you are at the ocean as you witness these amazing bluffs on the shore of the massive Lake Ontario! 

The trail starts right at the parking area.  You quickly climb a short ways up and through the open forest until you reach the bluffs edge.  Keep in mind small children and pets should be watched carefully as there is a drop-off along most of the trail.  Also do not climb out onto these bluffs as they are not stable.

The trail is easy to follow as it skirts the bluffs edge most of the way.  The bluffs are an amazing site and forever changing by the elements.  Look out forever at beautiful Lake Ontario as it will leave you feeling like your at the ocean!

Once you return to your vehicle I suggest you also take a walk along the shore below the bluffs. They are just as amazing to witness from below! 

Pack List

  • Sturdy Shoes
  • Water
  • Snack
  • Camera
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RT Distance 2.5 Miles
Elevation Gain 282 Feet
Activities Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Easy Parking


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Great family hike - bluff trail is closed

Our family had a great hike and picnic with friends! The bluff trail is closed but other great trails are open. The picnic area is really scenic and the other trails are well groomed and fun for all fitness levels.

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