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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  • Who would think that a gem of park is in this area. Get ready to stop many times to take pictures as we did because it's truly different than other gorges we've been too.  more »
  • Do not pass this place by. It will amaze you to me ens the pure beauty of nature. I will definitely be back.  more »
  • Was a little nervous as we’ve been to cheesy light shows before but this was well worth the money! There is something for everyone to see and it really shows how much work was put into it. The...  more »
  • Great small state park to hike/walk along. Starting from the southern entrance, you'll have a steady incline for the first mile in the gorge and will hike up ~5 floors worth of steps to come out at the northern entrance. I wouldn't say this is strenuous if you are in shape and easy enough for older people to finish so it's a pretty great group trail. When we got to the northern entrance, there was no shuttle for those looking to take a ride back. I'd recommend taking either the Southern Rim Trail or the Indian Trail back if you walked up through the gorge. It was a nice change of scenery so you don't need to walk back through the same trail.
  • Wow, what a tremendous experience. The whole park is gorgeous with falls and caverns. So much to see out the outset of the Gorge Trail. It's a 75 minute walk along the Gorge Trail which is well paved (one way). Expect crowds! A marvelous experience. If you walk from the main entrance to the upper entrance, there's a shuttle that will take you back for $5 that comes every 20-30 minutes.
  • What a sight to see! Walking the gorge is a short 1 mile hike. It will get you to the top. On the way, you’ll see a lot of water falling and really nice picturesque spots to enjoy. A great place to check out for half a day. You’re shoes will get wet and muddy, but definitely worth going to! This place is kid friendly, but for toddlers, make sure you hold hands as the steps can get pretty slippery. The park at the midway point is a fun place for kids as well. We went in through the south side entrance where the park and the pool is. The east side is the commercial side and the official front entrance to the hike. I recommend going through the official side to walk the entire thing. There is a $5 tram ride from the top of the hike all the way back down. A true hidden gem. Enjoy my drone footage!
  • Insanely gorgeous park! Amazing formations, you can see every layer of earth as you hike the gorge. The waterfalls cascading into the next are just beautiful, I can't wait to go back! Best to get there as early as possible- we stooped in on a Monday morning and parking was tight by 10am. If you like nature I cannot stress enough how beautiful this park is.
  • Beautiful, beautiful place. I would highly recommend camping here and hiking the gorge one of the days you stay. There’s tons to do including swimming in their huge pool. Not too far from Seneca Lake so you could even visit that while you’re here and there are tons of things to do downtown in Watkins Glen

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