Watkins Glen State Park is the most famous of the Finger Lakes State Parks, with a reputation for leaving visitors spellbound. Within two miles, the glen's stream descends 400 feet past 200-foot cliffs, generating 19 waterfalls along its course. The gorge path winds over and under waterfalls and through the spray of Cavern Cascade. Rim trails overlook the gorge. Campers and day-visitors can enjoy the Olympic-size pool, scheduled summer tours through the gorge, tent and trailer campsites, picnic facilities and excellent fishing in nearby Seneca Lake or Catherine Creek, which is renowned for its annual spring run of rainbow trout
Beautiful as always. Despite the drought there is still a decent water flow. Some congestion at several areas due to people refusing to share the trail but all in all people are friendly and courteous. Trail for the gorge is well maintained. I did not take the rim trail because I enjoy the gorge view a lot more. Several Pokestops and gyms if you're into that. Women's bathrooms was in need of some repairs. Several stalls don't have a door, just a shower curtain. Others the doors weren't working well and the locks were missing screws so they were just falling off. $8 fee that is good at any other NY park for the day. I love it here and come every couple of years. Trail is not strenuous but does get wet with puddles.
I've been here a couple of times and it is one of my favorite places. The views are incredible. The trails are man made and there are a lot of stairs to climb. The only downside is that it is incredibly crowded. It pays to hit the trails early. The campsite is very nice. When I tented with the kids last summer we were able to head out before the crowds got too heavy so it was very nice, then we spent the busy part of the day at the pool or exploring the town. We took the gorge trail to the snack bar at the end, then the Indian Trail on the way back where we saw a very pretty cemetery. If you can handle crowds, you will not be disappointed!
Theres something magical about Watkins Glen. It is an amazing place, especially during fall when the golden leaves cover the rocks. The trail is paved and relatively easy. It usually takes a lot longer to hike because you will be constantly stopping to take pictures! Be prepared to see beautiful streams, rivers and waterfalls! It does get crowded, especially when bus loads of people show up! Go on a weekday or really early.