Chimney Bluffs State Park
After seeing this location we were shocked that we had never heard of it before. The landscape here is so unusual for the east coast, and the views are breathtaking.
This park expressly says “no swimming” so it is definitely a “See” location, but it shouldn’t be missed.
There is a large grass area with a view of the water and bluffs, and a small ledge with a rock beach below. This area is very muddy, and it is hard to get down to the beach without getting dirty even though it is only a climb of five or six feet. The trail was very muddy as well, which seems to be a regular occurrence since there are well worn paths alongside the main trail to avoid the muddiest sections. So it is probably a good idea to wear shoes with a good grip, that you don’t mind getting dirty.
It is an easy walk to get close to the cliffs, but then it starts getting a little steep to go up to the bluffs, though it is still a moderate hike overall. Dogs are allowed, though it says not to bring them on the beach. There are no guardrails so you can actually climb on the cliffs, though these erode easily and can be slippery. Presumably the more people climbing on them the more they will degrade, so use your judgement.
- 0-20 min.
- +43 16.864, -76 55.348
- Easy to Moderate
- (315) 947-5205