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Watkins Glen State Park

Watkins Glen, NY
607-535-4511
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Ranked #2 of 18 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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Usa
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178 reviews 178 reviews
41 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Take a break from wine tasting in this Finger Lakes region and spend a couple of hours hiking in this beautiful state park thru gorges with waterfalls. Very scenic with considerable step climbing....not for someone with mobility problems. My wife & I recently went here for the 2nd time on a visit to this region. Food, water & restrooms are... More

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Green Lane, Pennsylvania
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

As a destination or just if you happen to be in the area, doing this gorge is a must! It's only $8 per car (!) if you park in their lot (if you can find parking on one of the side streets you can probably get in for free but $8 is certainly a bargain for such a gorgeous view!).... More

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Yonkers, NY
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I was quite shocked and surprised that the gorge at Watkins Glen State Park could be this breathtaking. It was absoolutely exhilarating to take the stroll through this secret treasure wrapped away in Watkins Glen There is a US 8/- charge to park your car at the parking. Arrive early and parkingshould be easy, and its a short trek to... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

The entrance to this park is right in town, but once you enter the gorge it feels like the middle of a rainforest! We took the shuttle to the top in order to walk down the 800+ steps and witnessed several people along the two mile hike who probably wished they had done the same thing. Be prepared get a... More

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MichiganUSA
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

19 waterfalls along an 800 step hike into a gorge. The paths were not strenuous if you are used to walking and climbing steps. If you are overweight or not used to walking you may find the hike a bit much. But for a reasonably fit person this spectacular hike is easily accessible. The waterfalls start as soon as you... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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194 reviews 194 reviews
108 attraction reviews
338 helpful votes 338 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

My husband and I hiked the gorge trail when visiting the area. The gorge is very beautiful and should be visited if possible. However, the crowds can get bad. We went during the week and it was still crowded. I can't imagine how it is on a summer weekend. My advice is to get there early in the morning or... More

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Clifton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

This is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. Not much of a hiker, however, this was SO worth taking the hike through. We did the Gorge Trail up and down - round trip about 3 miles. We couldn't have asked for a better day - the weather was about 65 degrees and not a cloud in... More

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Johnston, Rhode Island, United States
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92 reviews 92 reviews
48 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Nature is so beautiful and this is a must see. The water has created something so unbelievable and you have to visit this to truly experience it. Photos can not do it justice! Great for the whole family. Wear proper hiking shoes and bring at least 2 bottles of water per person. Take your time, take photos and truly enjoy... More

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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142 reviews 142 reviews
6 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 NEW

Watkins Glen is well worth seeing. The waterfalls were spectacular, perhaps more than usual because of recent rains prior to our visit. Because of the prior rain, the stone steps leading through the glen and up to the top of the waterfalls (or down from, depending on your direction of travel) were slippery – not enough to be unsafe, but... More

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Lyndhurst, New Jersey
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42 reviews 42 reviews
16 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

Beautiful park filled with waterfalls, several trails to choose from...a must see if visiting the area. Go early to avoid crowds and bus tours. We entered the park at 8:30 am and it was virtually empty, which made for great photo ops of the exquisite scenery. We took the Gorge train to the top, restroom break there, then the Indian... More

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