Watkins Glen State Park, Watkins Glen

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Featuring a picturesque gorge cut through by Glen Creek and 19 different waterfalls, Watkins Glen State Park offers outdoor activities like hiking, swimming, and fishing. Three different trails provide access to the 120 m (400 ft) deep gorge and surrounding forests. Some even wind their way under waterfalls. Comfortable campsites have amenities including showers, a food store, organized recreation programs and tours, and an Olympic-sized pool for both day and overnight visitors. The park is open year round, but this is not true for all facilities. Be sure to check the website ahead of time when planning a visit. Make Watkins Glen State Park part of your personalized Watkins Glen itinerary using our Watkins Glen trip planner .
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  • We loved the hike through the Glen. It's amazing the power of water. If your in the area and like to hike you have to check it out.  more »
  • Last August, during the tour we booked in the East of the U.S., this was a place of passage that we hadn't put too much interest. Instead it was a pleasant surprise and I recommend to all those who find themselves in the Finger Lakes region to visit Watkins Glen Canyon, because absolutely deserves.
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  • A must see if you are a waterfall enthusiast. You climb steps intermittently then level out and can see picturesque gorges and waterloos along the way. At the top of the walk there are picnic areas an...  more »
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  • Set aside at least one if not 2 whole days to see and experience all this park has to offer. It's amazing mingling with nature and man-made structures will have you hiking until you just can't anymore. It's wondrous and loveliness of the landscape is well worth the trip. Enjoy!
  • I have been coming to Watkins Glen State Park since I was a child. I attended my first wedding here in September. It was a very cool experience, and took place on the upper end of the park. I have hiked the whole Glen, which can be dangerous while it is wet outside. there is a pool at the top, which is always fun. I definitely recommend this as a solo or even family activity. There is a great ice cream shop next door to the bottom entrance to the park. it is a great spring, summer, and fall Adventure.
  • Big hike! So many stairs. Lots of fun here. So many waterfalls and such beautiful scenery! Year round beauty of nature at Watkins glen state park. They are renovating the old parking area into more of a multi use area for groups to gather and now there is a larger parking area across the street. The gift shop has nice shirts and cool little things in it. I suggest buying a couple keepsakes. All profits go to the state for making our outdoor experiences better.
  • The gorge at Watkins Glen State Park is a spectacular landscape shaped by the flow of water over an incredible amount of time. There are some beautiful photos on Google, but you really have to walk through the gorge yourself to contemplate the beauty of nature and time far beyond human years. Various spots along the gorge have a mystical quality about them and you know once you are there that these are settings that you rarely come across unless you deliberately seek them out in your travels. I suggest that you start at the lower entrance and walk up the cliff trail and down the gorge to make it easier as your walk goes on. Water will fall on you as you walk the gorge and the path will be wet and slippery at those spots so some decent shoes are needed. Might be a good idea to bring some water to drink because I found that it gets warm (in summer) with the humid conditions in the gorge as compared to along the cliff. A round trip from the Toronto area would take an entire day but wherever you are coming from it is well worth the drive and price to enter this natural wonder.
  • I would definitely recommend starting from the main entrance and climb up instead of starting from the top, even if you have elderly traveling with you. The views ahead are much better as you climb, whereas if you descend, you always have look back to see the water falls. With my parents in their 80's, I took them up till the Rainbow Falls which is a bit more than halfway, then turn around and head back. In this way, they get the cream of the crop without being overly strenuous.. The views are simply breathtaking. Each time I visit I couldn't help but taking the same pictures over and over. A must see. PS. One tip on parking. The first time I used Empire Passport because I visited multiple parks. The second and third time I was early enough to find free street parking easily, even on 10th Street just one block away from the main entrance. So that's something to consider if you want to save the $8.
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