Parks are, by their very nature, special places set aside for people to enjoy and for nature to thrive. Whether you’re looking for the perfect spot for a picnic, playgrounds for the kids, activities like disc golf courses and lifeguarded lakeside swimming, or the chance to slip away and encounter wildlife in its natural habitat, the parks scattered throughout Steuben County offer some of the most wonderful outdoor experiences around.
Each of our towns have parks, designated areas that are beautiful and functional and some are even historic. With pavilions, and benches, and green space these quaint locales are the ideal spot for a variety of community events throughout the year like art and craft festivals and free live concerts, as well as quiet places that invite an evening stroll or the chance to slow down and reconnect with friends.
While quaint Village Squares are often found in the heart of our small towns, County Parks tend to exist on the outskirts of town, often providing a little more seclusion while still being close to all the action. Parks like Kanakadea offer picnic pavilions, volleyball nets, an 110-acre lake, even overnight camping options while Birdseye Hollow has fishing, nature trails, and occasional glimpses of wildlife. Other County Parks are great spots for gatherings and leisure activities.
Of course, there are State Parks as well, offering incredible views, breathtaking waterfalls, and stunning hikes. Two such parks located on the border of Steuben County (Watkins Glen and Letchworth) have consistently been named among the top two or three state parks in the entire country. While one less-hyped state park, Stony Brook, with it’s nine waterfalls and stream-fed swimming hole, continues to quietly convert visitors who had no idea it was such a cool place into lifelong fans. And Pinnacle State Park has camping, picnic areas, fishing areas, as well as hiking trails and trails for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing during the winter, even ice fishing when weather conditions are favorable.
Nearby Indian Hills Golf Course is also owned by the New York State Park’s system and is a scenic 18-hole course that bumps up against the Tioga River that is and spreads across the lush valley making it an excellent choice for the avid golfer or for beginners.
If you enjoy craft beverages, learn about fun Adventure Pairings intended to link our awesome New York State Parks and other outdoor activities with the exceptional craft beverage producers on the Craft Your Adventure Beverage Trail.