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Watkins Glen State Park, Watkins Glen

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.8/5 based on 2,800+ reviews on the web
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. Put Watkins Glen State Park on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Watkins Glen trip itinerary builder.
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  • Beautiful walk starting from the bottom to the top. We walked back down on the Indian Trail, very nice walk through a wooded trail. 
  • My husband and I hiked Watkins Glen State Park, NY on a beautiful fall day. The park is located right in town, very near a Burger King. The Gorge Trail is about 1.5 miles long each way, past 15+ water...  read more »
  • Too beautiful much better in person than watching the pictures. Looks awesome with all the fallen leaves adding color to the scenery 
  • Nice location but not great for larger campers ( I've got a 31 foot behind a Dodge quad cab 2500). The camp and the sites are older so not designed for modern campers to be able to maneuver with ease. The gorge walkway is wonderful and breath taking and makes the tough parking worth while. We would visit again.
  • For just 8 dollars for parking we got the chance to hike the beautiful trail that is actually mostly stone steps with walls overlooking lots of awesome mini falls. We brought along our 3 year old who was also able to walk most of it on his own. We stopped by this area as a recommendation from my wife's colleague on our way up to Canada. Add this to your drive up if you are looking to break up your drive like we did.
  • Like a living Lord of the Rings scene! Minus the Orcs... Amazing hike up through the gorge passing 19 waterfalls in the first hour. The trail winds alongside and even behind waterfalls. It's a fairly intense hike up steps made by the CCC during the Depression, especially in the Jacob's Ladder section at the end. The beauty of the falls, the rushing water, and the towering gorge walls is breathtaking. Do not go without your camera! The best of the area parks by far!
  • A beautiful park and campground. The park ranger was awesome and gave us a lot of information on the area, history and tips for the wine festival that we came upon. We definitely want to come back with the family next year for our camping trip.
  • This "State Park" which clearly states in its own flier as a carry in, carry out park has trash bins chained to the gorge trail at several locations that are clearly maintained by the park. This park is also unreasonably crowded, even on a weekday and has these ridiculous "guided tours" on weekdays that clog up the tight, narrow trails causing delays for those of us whom are more adept hikers and can handle more than a meandering pace. The staff is incredibly cranky and very rude to guests, even Empire Passport holders aren't exempt from the clamorings of these whiny teenagers and college students who get paid by the state. The whole experience was just wretched and we won't be back and I won't be encouraging anyone to visit this park. Yes, it has natural beauty but has been ruined by tours, trash cans, and teenagers. Way to go New York.
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