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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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Simcoe, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

I can't say enough about this gorgeous place. After seeing my Facebook photos, I've had 5 people approach me for directions on how to get there. There are lots of stairs so I'd be hesitant to recommend it for anyone who has difficulty with them, however the path is wide and smooth for the most part. The falls are breathtaking... More

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Philadelphia, PA
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67 reviews 67 reviews
15 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

It's a nice hike along a stream, waterfalls and such. The views are breathtaking - definitely worth a hike. Tour buses stop by on their way from Niagara Falls, it seems, so try to get in early. It gets crowded. You can hike one way and then use a state park shuttle to get back to your car. We hiked... More

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Sayre, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

The gorge is an opportunity to see the power of water over thousands of years. It is like descending into a another world. To see perfectly made circles in solid rock is impressive. the views are incredible but I have to say there are areas where I was thinking about our safety. Hold on to your young ones.

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Toronto, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Seriously, you don't need to see the gorge - it's not worth it!! Go somewhere else!! Ok, I'm lying. It's the coolest thing we visited on our road trip. We are a family of photographers and we were all in awe. The views are amazing. I'd be hesitant to bring small children, as the railings are not very high in... More

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St. John's, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

This could have been a scene from a Lord of the Rings movie with an elf village, but better than could ever be crafted my humans or elves! Should not be missed.

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Thompson, Ohio, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

The gorge is breathtaking. We took the Gorge Trail fairly early in the morning. We took our time with the 800 plus stairs, which were spread out and very manageable, and enjoyed the coolness, quiet, scenery, beauty of the area. I took plenty of pictures to remember this by.

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Sudbury, Massachusetts
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40 reviews 40 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

This is just a gem of a park. As others have noted, there are several options for walking this, though if you have the time and energy I would recommend walking both up and down on the gorge trail, because you notice it differently depending upon the direction you walk. It does require an ability to walk up many stairs,... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Incredible and easily accessible natural wonder. Wear hiking shoes or water-resistant trail runners. Trail gets wet, especially when it goes behind one of the falls. Americans don't seem to know about this place but the huge crowds of Asian visitors sure do.

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Buffalo Grove, Illinois
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We are 60-somethings and I would advise starting at the top of the Gorge. We took Rt. 409 west out of town to the Upper Entrance so we could walk down, not up. Anyone physically challenged should do it this way - only steps down, not up. Got there early around 8:30. Didn't see anyone else for a while... very... More

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Mullica Hill, NJ
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

A great hike and beautiful site. Had many opportunities for levels of hiking. Those who want to hike have several options, for those who want less hiking you can shuttle up and hike down. Gorgeous.

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