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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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8:30 am - 7:00 pm
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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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Great hiking experience

I will admit I was not ready for some of the steeper trails, but it was really a lot of fun, peaceful, and scenic. Just to sit and listen to the rushing water is refreshing in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 7, 2015
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

I will admit I was not ready for some of the steeper trails, but it was really a lot of fun, peaceful, and scenic. Just to sit and listen to the rushing water is refreshing in itself. Good place for a family, but also a nice place to go alone and reflect on one of the less busier days maybe... More 

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Amherst, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Our family has a camp vacation here yearly. We take the extended family and two campsites and enjoy a week of tranquil beauty! The area is amazing, the Glen is incredible, the local restaurants are great, the Lake has plenty of activity. We enjoy all of the little nooks and crannies at the state park. They provide wood and ice... More 

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Costa Mesa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

I hesitate to write this because a zillion more people will flock to it - but this is simply one of the most beautiful spots on the planet. Waterfalls, rock bridges and formations, waterslides - all in a canyon of sorts that you can walk through. My wife grew up near there and at first I hesitated on going because... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This was a very enjoyable outing. Not too strenuous so it's family friendly. I liked the fact that there is a half way point which allows you to shorten your walk if you like. I believe the full walk is 3 miles. I took the short cut make it only 1 1/2.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

What a fabulous park!!! It is visually stunning!! What's so incredible is that it is right in downtown Watkins Glen and is so incredibly accessible there is not reason not to visit. Stone walkways, gorges, waterfalls, stunning cliffs. What's not to like and admire? Take time and walk this beautiful natural wonder. It is NOT to be missed. You will... More 

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Burlington, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I would definitely go back here to hike again, however I would recommend doing it during the week... not the weekend. There were soo many people the paths were crowded with people taking pictures. On the bright side the views were quite beautiful

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

One of my most favorite places! It is a work out however. Lots of stairs to climb, but absolutely beautiful! Very easy to navigate! As long as you can follow a map you will be fine! Get ready to see lots of waterfalls!!

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Brookhaven, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Had everything you could want in terms of accessibility. People were very friendly. Great park for all ages to explore.

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Hamilton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We were driving along the Finger Lakes during a road trip when we saw this park and decided to stop by to investigate. We are so glad we did! This formation is stunning. We walked around the glen and explored the various caves and passages. There are definitely sections that are mucky, dark and wet so wear the appropriate footwear... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

On our way back from Niagara Falls we decided to stop here. It was a two hour detour but totally worth it. A great hike I won't soon forget.

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