Chimney Bluffs on Lake Ontario

No Bluffing Around -  Dramatic formations like these are found on southeastern shoreline of Lake Ontario.
No Bluffing Around – Dramatic formations like these are found on southeastern shoreline of Lake Ontario.
Towering clay pinnacles, razor-sharp blades and elongated ridges; the Chimney Bluffs of Lake Ontario impress all who hike her.

For Easter Sunday, we found no better place to enjoy the mind-bending prominence of rock formations than carefully traversing alongside this steep escarpment at Great Sodus Bay in Wayne County, N.Y.

Much like rare cloud formations, the Bluffs appearance is ever-changing due to strong wind, rain and snow. The erosion is so frequent that you’ll hear loose rocks crumbling onto the beach below and see danger signs warning hikers to mind the edge.

Thought to have formed during the last glacial period, about 9,000 years ago, the official designation for the jagged sand dunes is “drumlin.” I’m no geologist but I can only imagine how much fun it is to watch the sculptures form and disintegrate over time.

Chimney Bluffs on Lake Ontario

Chimney Bluffs on Lake Ontario

Chimney Bluffs on Lake Ontario

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