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Golden Hill State Park
Golden Hill State Park
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Visualize camping on an embankment with a panoramic view of Lake Ontario. Golden Hill State Park is a full service campground of 55 campsites on Lake Ontario’s south shore.

Its 510 acres feature boating, camping, fishing, hiking along shoreline, nature walks, and picnicking. Winter activities include snowshoeing and snowmobile trails through the park. Lighthouse Cottage is a vacation fully equipped available for rental. It has a living room, kitchen and 3 bedrooms, for $200 a day or $800 per week.

Park Vehicle Entry
Campsite fee
9691 Lower Lake Road
Barker, NY 14012

Thirty Mile Lighthouse is open to the public as part of Golden Hill State Park. Its name is for its point position at 30 miles east of Niagara River. Built of hand carved stone in 1875, and currently under restoration. Decommissioned by the Coast Guard in 1958 it acquired by New York State in 1962.

Walking tours of the facility are provided, the adult tour $1.00 and children 50¢. The Lighthouse is open mid June to mid September welcoming visitors. Its hours are 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM Wednesday to Sunday and 2:00 – 4:00 PM Monday and Tuesday.

Two additional campgrounds are in the area. Niagara County Camping Resort is at 7369 Wheeler Rd, Lockport, NY with 100 campsites. Medina/Wildwood Lake KOA at 2711 County Line Road Medina, NY has 400 campsites.

Somerset is a town 5 miles west of Golden Hill State Park with a population of 2,662. It borders Lake Ontario to the north and Orleans County to the east. The town of Harland is south with Newfane to the west. Golden Hill Creek joins Lake Ontario at old Cartwright farm near Thirty Mile Point.

The village of Barker is 1 mile south of Somerset. Northwest of Barker is Kintigh Generating Power Station. This 675-megawatt coal fired power plant first came into service in 1984. Various issues determined a nuclear powered plant was unsuitable for this location.

Erie Canal is the state’s famed canal initially running 363 miles. It linked Lake Erie in the west to Hudson River in the east. This provided a navigable water route from New York City to the Great Lakes. It was considered an engineering marvel of the age, and ‘Eighth Wonder of the World.’

Erie Canal Heritage Trail is Rochester’s most popular and well-known trail. It travels in an east west direction alongside Erie Canal, 16 miles south of Golden Hill State Park. The trail connects Rochester’s surrounding ‘canal towns’ of Fairport, Newark, Pittsford, Spencerport and Brockport.

Golden Hill State Park is a 1 hour drive of 54 miles from Downtown Rochester NY. Drive route 104 west to route 269 north then west on Lower Lake Road following signs to 9691 Lower Lake Road.

One visitor made the following comment about Golden Hill State Park.
“It is probably the prettiest park we have ever camped at.”

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