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Gorge at Watkins Glen State Park

Watkins Glen, NY
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Ranked #1 of 18 attractions in Watkins Glen
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Geologic Formations, Waterfalls, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Activities: Walking
Traveler Description: Watkins Glen State Park is celebrating its centennial throughout the season in 2006 and it has been a great place to visit. It is named in 2005 as... more »
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Hermitage, Pennsylvania
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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The Gorge at Watkins Glen State Park makes a fine choice for anyone wanting to view some of the most amazing scenery nature provides. Visitors get a moderate workout, to boot, with 832 staircase steps (non-consecutive) leading upward throughout the gorge to follow the path of the running water of Glen Creek. The gorge path measures one mile in length,... More

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Toronto, Canada
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47 reviews 47 reviews
12 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

On a hot day you can get cool walking the gorge. Go early, follow the trail and see some lovely rock formations and falls. Muddy and wet in a couple of places. Bridge overhead halfway through so we followed a side path up there. Further from there was a sign for a "lookout" but instead it took us to a... More

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Carlisle, Massachusetts
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54 reviews 54 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The Gorge is a beautiful place and the trail is well maintained. There are restrooms and snack bars at both the top and the bottom, making it a good take for families. Well worth the visit. We have done the trail on four different occasions.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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143 reviews 143 reviews
7 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The gorge at Watkins Glen State Park 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... More

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Rochester, New York
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Be prepared to get wet especially your shoes as you hike under a couple waterfalls and wet areas. For the easier hike take a shuttle to the top. Best hike is to start at the bottom, hike the gorge trail to the top, get a snack and hike back down. Don't forget the swimming pool!

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This is a very nice and easy hike along a total of 19 spectacular waterfalls. We walked it with two small kids (4 and 6) and they loved it as well. It took us ca. 2.5 hours round-trip to walk the trail. I highly recommend this for families looking for an easy hike.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We visited the park with three kids ages 9, 8, and 5. Since we usually don't do a lot of hiking we decided to park at top of the mountain and walk down. Kids played at the playground before venturing out. Very nice and clean playground along with the rest of the facilities. The hike is amazing! Absolutely stunning. Cannot... More

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Altoona, Pennsylvania
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107 reviews 107 reviews
19 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We parked at the bottom near the gift shop and paid a $8 entrance fee for our car. We had an amazing walk through the gorge. We were pleased to be able to get in nature and exercise at the same time. At the end of the hike, we checked out the gift shop which was large with the normal... More

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Guelph, Canada
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52 reviews 52 reviews
34 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We parked at the state park lower entrance ( not the town lot) which was very quiet compared to town. We arrived early which is highly recommended as it gets packed fast. We had to initially take a steep descent on a wide path before getting to the gorge trail. From there we hiked up but only a few sections... More

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This stop is a MUST if you visit the area. It is absolutely beautiful. Wear comfortable clothes/shoes you are able to walk in. You will get the most beautiful pictures here. Do not miss this!

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