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What once was a former girl scout camp called Camp Beechwood, this undeveloped 150 acres of land became Beechwood State Park in 1999.  The park is located on the shores of Lake Ontario and has 3500 feet of shoreline and bluffs to explore as well as the old camp.  The old buildings of the camp are still there although many are falling apart.  There is no entry fee to enjoy this state park.

Beechwood operated as a girl scout camp from 1929 until the state purchased the land in 1999.  There are no marked trails, but at times some paths are mowed.  There are also the old dirt roads used for the camp that are now grassy paths that can be hiked.    You can explore the old camp.  We explored all the paths that we saw (on the map below) which created a 3.5 mile overall hike of the whole area.

There is a gravel parking area on Lake Road near the bridge for Maxwell Creek, which includes a canoe/kayak access point as well as fishing access.  You can see a few of the old lean to's nearby.  This is a great place to explore.  Take the well worn path to the main camp.  This is a great place to practice your compass, orienting, mapping or gps skills.

Some of the trails are maintained by Trail Works, Inc., a not for profit organization founded in Wayne County in 1997.  We also have a map of the area below as well as pictures and a video.

One of the many old buildings at Beechwood

Old swimming pool

Old A Frames at Beechwood


Directions:  From Baldwinsville, take NY 370 WEST to NY 104 WEST, drive past the NY 14 junction.  Turn right on Geneva Road, then at stop sign, jog left/straight continuing on Geneva Road.  Veer left on Halcus Road and then turn left on Lake Road.  Cross the bridge for Maxwell Creek and turn right into gravel road that leads into a large gravel parking area.  There are no signs for the park.  The GPS coordinates for the parking area is N43 15.876 W77 01.571 for those who have a GPS devise for their vehicle.

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