Located near the site of a former Native American settlement, Stony Brook State Park in Steuben County offers visitors a variety of ways to enjoy the great outdoors.
At the start of the 19th century, the first pioneers to the area found the rapid waters of Stony Brook Creek ripe for early mill operations. Eventually, local residents developed a private park around the creek and its series of waterfalls. The arrival of the railroad in the 1880s turned the surrounding community into a popular summer destination and the remnants of former train trestles as still visible in the park. However, as tourism declined the park fell into disrepair, and the state purchased it in 1928.
Work performed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s allow today’s visitors to enjoy the parks beauty by utilizing its many trails, bridges, and recreational facilities. At 600 acres, there is always someplace new to explore at this stop on New York’s Path Through History.
Photos Courtesy of:
Steuben County Historical Society