Ontario County Park

Today, the calendar announced that this is the first day of Autumn. Our temperatures, however, clearly call out, “Summer”! Although the mercury rose up to near 80 degrees, the day was rather clear and the sky, well, it was just a marvelous blue!

I looked at my camera sitting in the Explorer beside me and thought about how nice it would be to take some pictures from Ontario County Park. This park is located in the Town of South Bristol and is known for being the highest elevation in Ontario County at 2,256 feet above sea level.  I looked on the web, and discovered the prerequisite for a “mountain”, as defined by Encyclopaedia Britannica, is that the height must be over 2,000 feet.  With that definition in mind, Ontario County Park is located at the top of Gannett Hill Road.

As I walked away from the car, I understood why Mark had told me several times that I really should take photos from this park! The views are breathtaking! I don’t know just how far we could see, but it just might well be into the next county!


There is a baseball diamond located in the park. These are the rather “humble” bleachers available to onlookers, but with the view in the distance, I know I would be hard-pressed to concentrate on the game!


This is the view from the bleachers….


There are two heated pavilions that I believe are available for gatherings year-round. You can see the large tower behind one of them.


And a closeup of the red light that flashes atop the tower at night, warning aircraft not to get too close!


There are several open pavilions available for picnics.


Doesn’t this look like a fabulous spot to have a picnic on a chilly Autumn day? I think one of these days when it cools down, we will put together a picnic and just go and enjoy the fresh air!


Another glorious view. Everywhere one turns in this park, there is just more beauty!


There are also hiking trails and bike trails located at this park. I decided to venture down the path to the “lookout”….



The lookout offers a spectacular view from the other side of this “mountain”. I took a photo looking down into the valley below. The house in the photo is not a small one! It is actually quite large. If you click on the photo and enlarge it, you can see how the telephone poles even look like “toothpicks”!


In looking over towards the southwest, one can see a ski area.  This was a private ski club and I am unsure if it is still operational.


As I was leaving the park,  I passed by another beautiful area in the form of a picture-perfect pond!


Looking northeast across the pond,  there is an area visible for camping. The sites are very nice and the price is very reasonable.  There is a building with restrooms and showers for campers.  Today, there was only one fifth wheel parked in the camping area.


As I walked back to get into the Explorer, I loved the way this tree was reflected in the windows!  Ah, just another beautiful day, in and out of the Bristolwood!


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