Chimney Rock is a natural rock formation on the Atlantic side of The Island, located in Buckley’s Settlement. Chimney Rock got its name because the original formation resembled a chimney. This formation provides a protected lagoon from the Atlantic Ocean, you can swim or just sit and watch the waves crash over the rocks. In the small area between the rocks and shore, you can find brittle stars, small tropical fish, sea glass and sometimes sharks frequenting this area. The natural lagoon has many bottom textures and depths providing a quality area for snorkelling and fishing. My favorite thing to do at Chimney Rock is swim of course, with walking along the rocky shore coming in at a close second. You can find so many things in the little rock pools along the shore. Shells, driftwood, soldier crabs and even small fish.
The only shade in this area is a small wooden cabana, so be sure to wear your sunblock. The cabana was damaged by the last two hurricanes and has moved from its original position. Two of the benches are still intact and the cabana can still be used for shade and to protect your belongings from the elements. If you are brave enough you can swim across to the Chimney Rock at low tide and have an even better view of the Atlantic Ocean.
- Wear sneakers or water shoes; the path down is rocky
- Carry a mask and fins to explore the lagoon
- Take a Go Pro; this formation is slowly deteriorating and may not be here for much longer
Over the years Chimney Rock has deteriorated to what it is today but it still looks as beautiful and majestic as it did when I saw it for the first time as a child. This area is a must see when you visit Long Island. Have you been to Chimney Rock before? What is your favorite thing to do here?
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 1st, 2017 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.