Beechwood State Park, Sodus

Beechwood State Park is a 288acre state park located on the shore of Lake Ontario in the Town of Sodus in Wayne County, New York. The park occupies land that was formerly the site of a Girl Scout camp. The park is owned by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and is currently operated by the Town of Sodus under an agreement with New York State.
In 1929, the Girl Scouts of the USA purchased approximately 150acre of land bordering Lake Ontario, where they subsequently built Camp Beechwood. The park was used by the Girl Scouts and other youth organizations for camping and outdoor activities until financial pressures forced the camp's closure in the late 1990s.
In 1999, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation purchased the property with plans to develop a New York state park at the site. Budget shortfalls led to the park being designated as a "preserve", and formal development of the park by the state never materialized. Former camp buildings and facilities remained at the park, but were allowed to decay.
The park was expanded in 2006 after the state purchased an adjacent 146acre parcel of land.
In 2010, the Town of Sodus took over management and operation of the park after signing a long-term lease with New York State. The town has since repaired and secured buildings and cleared trails to create a more formal park setting.
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  • Upper trail for the bluffs was closed due to erosin but there was a cute little trail to the edge to see the water and the rock formations. Picnic tables available.  more »
  • Great place to spend the day exploring!! This is not a place to camp unless you enjoy roughing it. However, if you like exploring old buildings and walking through lovely woods this is the place for y...  more »
  • This park has so much potential to be a great camp grounds again. We enjoyed walking through. We couldn't find the trail rubbing where it was supposed to be I think it may have fallen into the lake a lot of erosion on the shoreline as you can see by my photos. A lot of large trees and shoreline fell into the lake.
  • Pleasant walk. Level from west entrance. Wheelchair questionable. Bree today after frontal passage. Autumn best time to visit.
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