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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
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The cascades of 18 waterfalls are the calling card of this state park.

The cascades of 18 waterfalls are the calling card of this state park.

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This place is so worth the drive and hike! The waterfalls and caverns are beautiful. The views are breathtaking. There are a lot of steps. Take your time and you'll be fine... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We spent two weeknights in this campground and loved it. The trails are clean and the sites are a generous size for two tents. The sites come with the standard fire pit with grate, and wooden picnic table. You're close to town for site-seeing and restaurants. We were traveling with our pet dog and found that many of the shops... More 

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Zeeland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This place is so worth the drive and hike! The waterfalls and caverns are beautiful. The views are breathtaking. There are a lot of steps. Take your time and you'll be fine. Your shoes will get dirty. Bring water, and a camera.

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Seal Beach, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

To go through this park, it is more of a "walk" than a "hike. The gorge trail is paved with many stone steps, bridges and tunnels. The trail takes you along the river and 19 water falls (I did not verify their claim). I am not sure what the falls would look like when there isn't a drought, but it... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My 14 year old son and I visited on a Wednesday as part of a 2 day trip that also included the Corning Glass museum the day before. I agree with all the previous reviews that recommended appropriate foot wear. It was wet and a lot of walking; proper shoes that can get dirty are a must. There were so... More 

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Rochester, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It looks GREAT! The waterfalls were minimal, maybe because of the drought. The walls are incredible, but I just expected more. its hard to describe why. I would not make the trip again just for the park. I like more water and more walking through actual woods. I felt like this was almost all stairs and that was boring. There... More 

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Upstate New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Well done trails, except on some of the not-so-dangerous stretches they chose not to have a barrier of any kind. That's fine for adults, but for little children, I'd be worried. In fact, I wouldn't bring little children here period and if you must bring a dog, make sure it's leashed and you're hanging on to it! Some children were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Breath taking And good exercise . Bring a camera u will want to take a lot of pictures . There is a nice park in the south gate With bbq and tables and a swimming pool So bring some hot dogs and burgers and your swimming suit

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Upstate, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My sister and I were unsure if we would be able to see much if it was a lot of strenuous walking but were pleased that we could walk a couple of miles and some steps. So we ventured out and found a magnificent place of gorges and lovely falls. It was serene and calming. If I had a camper... More 

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Washington, D.C.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Yes, there are a lot of people visiting Watkins Glen State Park and the crowds can be off-putting. But there is a reason people come to see this place--it is AMAZING. Breathtaking gorges and waterfall after waterfall--just beautiful. The many stone steps, tunnels and bridges were built by the CCC during the depression and they all help to make this... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautiful water falls! lovely park with wonderful staff. very nice, no fee pool. Nature at is best. long hike up the mountain, but breathtaking falls. $ 8 Parking fee, so worth it

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