Watkins Glen State Park

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Watkins Glen State Park
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8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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The cascades of 18 waterfalls are the calling card of this state park.
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IL123
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It was absolutely GORGE-OUS!
Sep 2021
We camped at Watkins Glen State Park. The next morning we started the hike around 7:45 AM from the main entrance. There were a few people on the trail going up, but we pretty much had the trail to ourselves. On the way back down around 9:15 AM more people were starting to hit the trail. Instead of going all the way to the other end of the trail we stopped where the waterfalls ended and turned around to head back. Since dogs are not allowed on the trail or to be unattended at the state park / campsite area, we hired a dog sitter Donna. This was a recommendation from the state park. She was absolutely wonderful. Met us in the morning at our campsite and she just hangs around right there with your pup. It gave us a piece of mind to be able to enjoy the hike and have our pup in good hands/company. Would highly recommend her.
Written September 21, 2021
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David L
West Des Moines, IA43 contributions
A Great Hike
Sep 2021 • Couples
A very interesting hike of about 1 1/2 miles along the gorge. The path is not too steep but it’s narrow. It’s well marked with good information plaques along the trail. Plenty of water falls and narrow crevices for the water to pass which creates some beautiful sites and good picture taking locations. In a couple places the path takes you behind the water falls. Incredible! Well worth the time. Also plenty of parking very near the beginning of the hike.

The lower entrance stated there was a shuttle from the top back to the bottom. Not the day we were there. We had to walk back down which was okay but caused us to change our plans. I suggest asking at the lower concession area about the availability of the shuttle.
Written September 16, 2021
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lv2cycle
New York City, NY52 contributions
Up one trail, back the other - the best plan!
Sep 2021
Access point: Main entrance.

A definite must-do hike. Bring camera, walking stick (if you feel you need), good hiking shoes, and muscle power to go up the 800+ steps, and down as many.

* Check this out *
We were lucky enough to speak with the park ranger before heading on to learn a valuable advice: go up the Gorge Trail all the way to Mile Point Bridge (#11) then, instead of retracing your steps, take the North Rim Indian Trail back down - different scenery, same quads workout. Oh, yes, make sure to take a detailed map from the ranger/info office as the online version is limited.

Enjoy!
Written September 16, 2021
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chris a
19 contributions
Do not miss
Sep 2021
This park is not advertised enough … it is so impressive. We did the Gorge trail, walking down the hill instead of up. We had a group of 9 , most over 60yrs old and finished the hike in about an hour and half. Every turn has another incredible sight. It is a “don’t miss”!!
Written September 16, 2021
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James C
21 contributions
Great Experience But Can Be Crowded
Sep 2021
Lots of waterfalls on a well maintained stone path. The cliffs along the glen are a great sight and overall the gorge is a great experience. The souvenir shop sells an award winning book that I would highly recommend reading before going through the gorge. You get a great appreciation for the varied vegetation found in such a small area. Although the whole thing is only about two miles one way, it packs in a lot of site.

One caveat, the site is popular so sections of the walk can get crowded, and the parking can get tight. When we relied on Google to guide us it was hard to tell we had arrived or what entrance we were at. It turned out there was a lot of parking if you just knew where to look.
Written September 14, 2021
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Linda
9 contributions
Mother nature showing off again! This is a must see.
Aug 2021
Go early and or later in the day. Walk ways can get narrow and lots of people trying to get photos. So beautiful.
Written September 14, 2021
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JohnRegoPark
Rego Park, NY911 contributions
Absolutely Breathtaking
Sep 2021
The glen has easy parking across the street and a shuttle bus available on weekends off season and during the week in the summer. The bus will take you to the top of the glen so you can walk down. Even without that, you can walk the glen easily, although there are many stairs and it is wet. Of course it's wet: there are 19 waterfalls, and you can even walk behind them! I would wear sturdy shoes. It really isn't necessary, in my view, to wear hiking boots, but your shoes will get wet. This year has been particularly rainy so the falls are very dramatic. The round trip from the visitor center is about an hour and a half, although you can linger wherever you like and take your time if you are not in a hurry. This is a lot of fun for the whole family.
Written September 14, 2021
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Malcolm
Jerusalem, Israel1,214 contributions
Most beautiful.
Sep 2021 • Solo
The best of state parks i have ever been on a trail which is a long beautiful gorge with lovely water falls along the way. Bridges and lookouts with a 800 sters on a three miles hike.
Written September 8, 2021
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Kelly2510W
Staten Island, NY35 contributions
Watkins Glen is spectacular!
Sep 2021 • Family
Watkins Glen is absolutely beautiful..but be prepared there are many, many steps. Wear proper, waterproof footwear that you won't mind getting muddy. Definitely try going either very early or on a weekday. It was very crowded when we went.
Written September 8, 2021
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Lawonridge
New Smyrna Beach, FL295 contributions
VERY Wet and Slippery with Lots of Stairs
Jun 2021
Yikes, were we unprepared. You MUST wear waterproof hiking boots, very wet, slippery, muddy in many places, stone walkways with lots of stairs to climb up and down. Even if it has not rained recently, the waterfalls and cold stones may everything wet.
Written September 6, 2021
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