Whetstone Gulf State Park is built in and around a three-mile-long gorge cut into the eastern edge of the Tug Hill Plateau. The gorge is one of the most spectacular scenic vistas east of the Rocky Mountains. The park has 56 wooded campsites some of which are electric, a scenic picnic area along Whetstone Creek, a man-made swimming area and trails for hiking and cross-country skiing, one of which circles the gorge. Above the gorge is Whetstone Reservoir, stocked with tiger muskie and large-mouth bass for fishermen, and popular for canoeing.
Overall worth the hike. I'd rate it slightly harder than easy because of the rapid elevation increase at the beginning. Once it levels off then your good to go with the only exception being the many roots especially along the North Trail. Trail is well marked. Would have liked to seen a few more unobstructed views but still worth the time.
Definitely start with the north trail and end on the south. I cannot imagine coming down on the north trail side.. it is so steep near the end. It's worth it to just knock it out initially. There are many side trails where people have gone right up the edge to get a better look at the vistas. It's worth seeing those. Also there is a lookout point off of the South trail that merits a gander. :)
I'm not sure I would bring my younger children on this ...as most of the path rims the gorge. There are also a lot of exposed roots which I feel my kids would be tripping over a lot.
Beautiful little park though and the views were amazing.
Good fun. On a late July Friday, we had the north rim to ourselves and only met others on the south rim as we approached the public swimming area near the terminus. Despite the hyperbole of the many signs, the trail isn't dangerous in dry conditions if you use appropriate caution when approaching edges. It is probably best to skip this one when hiking with dogs, or small children, who do not listen.