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Gorge at Watkins Glen State Park

Watkins Glen, NY
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Ranked #1 of 19 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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Punta Gorda, Florida
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119 reviews 119 reviews
70 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We stopped at the Watkins Glen State Park to hike up the gorge. It is about a 1.5 mile hike each direction. You can park your car on either end and take a shuttle back to your car if you only want to walk one way either up or down. We opted to walk both directions. The walk up is... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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75 reviews 75 reviews
45 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We were here on a late Sunday morning. It cost $8 to park in their lot, and they gave us a map upon entrance. We didn't realize you could park in the street, which in hind sight we probably would have looked for street parking (which there were several available right in front of where we parked). It was a... More

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Toronto, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

beautiful gorge hiking at this park, with beautiful views around every corner. Lots of steps to go up, best to wear sturdy shoes, especially the kids. Bring your camera! The park also has a huge swimming pool and lots of parking. Very crowded on a Sunday morning.

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Bradenton, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful area for a morning hike. Go early to avoid the crowds. If uphill is a problem, take the shuttle to the upper entrance and hike one way only-downhill.

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Toledo, Ohio
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125 reviews 125 reviews
61 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Driving thru the area, decided to give the gorge a look.. Very exciting stuff... Should have checked trip advisor first... A solid 5 star scenic hike..FREE..

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Boston, Massachusetts
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I strongly encourage anyone visiting the Finger Lakes region to check out Watkins Glen State Park and hike the Gorge Trail. We parked at the Main entrance ($8 per car), right off Franklin Street in town. The waterfall views start pretty much immediately and continue for over a mile and up hundreds of steps. The trail is pretty wide in... More

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Pa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Each time we visit the area ...we set aside a morning to walk the gorge. It has beautiful water falls to see. The earlier you go the less crowded. It is a beautiful walk. The last leg of the walk is the most challenging...so be prepared for the steep steps to the top. At the top you will find a... More

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Hermitage, Pennsylvania
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49 reviews 49 reviews
20 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

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
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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

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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