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Watkins Glen State Park

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Address: Watkins Glen, NY
Phone Number: 607-535-4511
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Activities: Hiking, Walking
Description: The cascades of 18 waterfalls are the calling card of this state park.

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Best State park I've visited so far

Entrance fee was $8 per vehicle. Everything about this park is gorgeous. Just visit. Simple as that.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Entrance fee was $8 per vehicle. Everything about this park is gorgeous. Just visit. Simple as that.

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Really beautiful park that isn't for the weak of heart. There are a lot of stairs along the way so you will get in a workout, but it's worth it. Walk behind one of the waterfalls, and venture up to a suspension bridge. $10 for parking is definitely worth it and plan to spend a couple of hours there at... More 

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Florham Park, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

The state park is only half an hour from Corning Museum of Glass so it is a great place to visit in the morning if you plan to stay overnight at Corning. Beautiful hiking trail and be prepared to spend 3 hrs; start with the gorge trail and then return via the Indian trail to stop by the suspension bridge.... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

a very light hike, but well worth the few hours as you traverse steps up, around, and behind the waterfalls and streams of the gorge

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Arnold, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

OK walk up around falls, but all on damp, slippery slate which I did not like and millions of steps. Would not go back. Go early, as park was mobbed by 10:00 on a Monday.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

We had a little trouble finding the main entrance because the little town of Watkins Glen was jam packed. Hubby had a painful foot so hiking was out for him but he dropped me at the upper entrance and then waited for me to hike down. This is not an easy hike even going down. There are over 900 steps.... More 

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Upstate NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Beautiful gorge, it's a lot of walking and climbing. Sometimes it's much more crowded than others, but always nice. You can access the gorge from the top or bottom, and the visitor center has lots of info available.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

Watkins Glen Gorge Trail is a must see if you are anywhere in Central NY. The park will take your breath away. Relatively easy hike, amazing views, truly a must do!

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Morton, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

Lots of walking, 832 steps to be exact. Not many restaurants in the area but plenty of ice cream shops for families to visit when the weather is hot.

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Queens, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

If visiting Watkins Glen, this is a must. This is ranked the #3 State Park in the entire United States. Once you enter you will realize why. There are 19 waterfalls on the hike up the gorge, each one more beautiful. The scenery is stunning and the trail is laid out perfectly for viewing perfection. There are parts of the... More 

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Additional Information about Watkins Glen State Park

Address: Watkins Glen, NY
Phone Number: 607-535-4511
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Watkins Glen
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Monday 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 7:00 pm

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