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Watkins Glen State Park

Watkins Glen, NY
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Ranked #2 of 19 Attractions in Watkins Glen
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks
Activities: Hiking, Walking
Description: The cascades of 18 waterfalls are the calling card of this state park.
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121 reviews 121 reviews
26 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

What a beautiful place to visit. The canyon is narrow with steep walls with beautiful water pools and falls. Various rock formations from layers of jagged stone to rock carved smooth with ripples by the water. Leaves were changing, moss covered many of the rocks, just a wonderful natural place. I highly recommend visiting here.

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Buffalo, New York
20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

If there is any part of you that enjoys being outdoors and seeing the wonders of nature, make this a stop during your travels. A beautiful late September day, a warm morning and sunshine to highlight the fall foliage colors on the trees surrounding the gorge walls. We parked at the main entrance on Route 14. Parking was filling up... More

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68 reviews 68 reviews
23 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

The entrance to the park off N. Franklin Street looks a little like you're entering Mordor. There may not be any ring waiting for you, but there's a whole bunch of GORGE-ous waterfalls and some spectacular geology. For $8 a carload, spending a few hours here is a no-brainer if you're in the nabe. Lots of uphill steps and some... More

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New Jersey
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

We drove from NJ for four hours and reached there by noon. Once you enter from Main Entrance, it is like we are in the Lord of the Rings settings. Very thrilling. We took Gorge Trail (The most beautiful and very purpose of going to Watkins Glen). It took about one hour to reach to the other side (North entrance).... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

A great 2 hours stop on the way from Pennsylvania to Niagara Falls, with not too many people in (Thursday noon). Men and Women restrooms were filthy! Relatively easy hike going up. Intended to take the walkway from top to bottom, but as the shuttle was not active (We were told that the guys running it are busy on school... More

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Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

The Gorge trail at Watkins Glen State Park is a natural wonder -- Mother Nature showing the beauty of her art at its best. The Gorge Trail is not very long, but has so many breath-taking views of waterfalls and the gorge. Even our kids (who are not hiking enthusiasts at all) really enjoyed this walk and took many photos.... More

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Greenwich, Connecticut
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35 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

We ran across this lovely park while exploring the area. There were so many wonderful waterfalls and the exquisite rock formations are indescribable. Thousand of years of erosion and nature at its best. Very crowded and tough to park. It's 8.00 for the price of admission for a car. Doesn't matter how many people are in the car.

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Del Rio, Texas
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71 reviews 71 reviews
5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

$7 a car load to get in...the gift shop was very expensive and the place was crowded. Much of the view was great but tough time getting good picks with all the crowds. Do not take dogs, and expect walking either up or down stairs/paths well over a mile.

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Marblehead, OH
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28 reviews 28 reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

This park is a "do not miss" for anyone travelling within a 50-mile radius of Watkins Glen. The town itself is fun and has many options for everyone, but the park is just a pure example of nature at its finest. Go, go, GO! You will not regret it!!

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Fair Lawn, New Jersey
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

The park was a welcome surprise for us. We were on a tour and didn't expect much, especially after having visited Ausable Chasm not long ago. While the start of the path didn't seem so exciting once you made it about 1/4 of the way through, it starts transforming and the scenery becomes spectacular! The waterfalls, rock formations, weathered pools,... More

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