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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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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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Mother Nature at her finest!

A Jaw droppingly beautiful park with deep gorges and trails that run around as well as through them. We only saw a fraction of this gem and can't wait to go back for more. $8 per... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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East Northport, New York
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East Northport, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A Jaw droppingly beautiful park with deep gorges and trails that run around as well as through them. We only saw a fraction of this gem and can't wait to go back for more. $8 per carload is more than fair for the Pinterest dream board-worthy photos you'll be able to take of these gorges with waterfalls, small caves, deep... More 

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Erie, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This area is just beautiful. It is a must see with the family. Can't take dogs on the best trail though.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A friend of mine brought me to Watkins Glen last 4th of July weekend and I had a great time. The gorge was absolutely beautiful! I was really amazed by the rock walls and the rock formations. A wonderful product of nature. The hike from end to end was about a 2-mile easy, there were some steps you had to... More 

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Lakewood, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is one of my favorite state parks, period. It's amazing. The hike is not difficult, but it can be slippery and there are a fair number of stairs, so wear good shoes! I came here years ago and was so excited for a chance to go back again. It's wonderful. Parking lot is $7 (but if you pay here,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I only hiked the Gorge Trail but there are two others. It is a beautiful trail with many waterfalls, some that you actually walk behind. We started at the main entrance which has a snack shack, restrooms, a gift shop and picnic tables. The Gorge trail has a good deal of steps (800 I believe) and I was nervous about... More 

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Philadelphia, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I was absolutely amazed that the waterfalls at Watkins Glen were still going despite the drought conditions in the area. Just as a comparison, I've been Yosemite when those huge waterfalls were reduced down to a trickle. Back to the subject at hand. Before you head out to Watkins Glen, there are a few of things to remember. The trail... More 

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Wapakoneta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Amazing views! What an unexpected gem. Lots of steps and trail is not smooth so you have to watch your footing but well worth the time and effort. Paths are clearly marked. If you are tired from the walk, at the end you can take a bus back to the parking lot from either end. Don't miss this gem if... More 

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

I never imagined this would be such a spectacular day. It is absolutely gorgeous. We took the gorge trail and as we had a group of mixed ability, we chose to take the shuttle to the top and walk down. Fun and awesome to see one of nature's marvels.

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Bloomfield, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Don't be intimidated by this hike. It's certainly doable, but sneakers or good walking shoes are a must. There are a number of steps, especially about 180 at the end of the gorge trail, but there are also ample places to stop along the way, take a rest and take in the beauty of the place.

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Hamburg, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What a magnificent place to visit. The gorge, the waterfalls, it's hard to believe such a place exists here in NYS. Lived in Western New York my whole life (63) and this is the first time I've been there. Plan to spend about 2 to 4 hours depending how fast you want to climb steps and how many pictures you're... More 

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