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Watkins Glen State Park, Watkins Glen

(4.8/5 based on 3,000+ 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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  • Stairs stairs and more stairs. Did you count them all? One thing is you wont even really notice all the stairs if you just look around and enjoy all the natural beauty of the gorge. There are several ...  more »
  • It’s one of the most beautiful parks in USA east coast (not sure of west coast), offers amazing view of a layered earth. The whole trail is full of beautiful landscape and falls. We were there in Summ...  more »
  • I was here a decade ago in the summer time and it was amazing, so I thought I would swing by on my winter road trip. Unbeknownst to me, the majority of the park is closed off for the duration of the w...  more »
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  • What a gem this is! I walked all along the miles long valley and back again via different routes, Stunning views on every turn up and down. Nice waterfall and bridges. Nice clean Cafe and gift shop too. Ample parking. Well worth a visit.
  • Beautiful place to visit. It is very easy to find. There are two entry point. The path between two entry point is marvelous trail. Throughout trial you have beautiful view of waterfall and nature. It just a 2 mile trail. Transportation is provided between the top entry and bottom entry at minimal cost so you can park at one point complete one way trail and catch a bus. It is 5 to 10 min ride by bus.
  • Absolutely stunning place to visit, and despite the crowd it was still easy to get lost in nature and enjoy the vistas. You will get a little wet, and wear shoes that can tolerate the slick stone pathways. Lots of stairs, I'd recommend paying the $5 to take the trolley to the top and walk down the Glen.
  • 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.
  • A crown jewel of the finger lakes region. The gorge trail is incredible. The trail is stone, and includes a fair amount of stair climbing. Really nice views of the stream and its falls!