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Unable to even park to get into the trail! Found the red bridge...but you can’t just pull over and park on bean station Rd. When it’s snowy. Drove around backroads with no apparent parking lot in sight. So bummed.

Awesome views of waterfalls!

Great quick stop just on the side of the road in a residential area.

25 days ago

Beautiful place to hike! Beginning was muddy but got better as you hiked further in. Trails are marked very well! We walked as far as we could until we saw a bear! He looked up at us & continued to eat. Decided to turn around & make our way back. Ended up hiking close to 10 miles! Great workout & dog loved it too!

Both trails are extremely maintained, very tourist driven and heavily trafficked (for good reasons, the gorge is amazing)
You pay $8 to park
The gorge trail has lots of stairs so I found it better to start the loop by hiking up the Indian trail, and take the gorge trail back down so you aren’t climbing stairs the whole way up.
Plus, there are more rewarding views on the gorge trail, so save the best for last.

Took the standard trails in the park to start with, then followed the creekbed up through the falls. The standard trails are pretty easy. The creek bed was fun. Climbing the falls took a bit of work, especially the upper falls. Did end up going through private property after getting above upper falls, so wouldn't suggest going much further than the falls. Beautiful views in some areas.

Amazing place every corner turn was awe inspiring. Lots of foot traffic with great reason because of the amazing views! Although there were lots of people, even on a misty day it didn’t take away from the experience. Lots of stairs, so if your traveling with younger children this could be a challenge for them. It’s a short hike but the steps and incline makes it feel like it’s a longer hike it maybe a bit of a challenge but totally doable. I’m so glad I finally got to go here it’s an amazing place to see! Totally recommended.

Absolutely breathtaking. Will go again

Very crowded and but great views and a good hike. Lots of picturesque spots

The gorge is beautiful but the hike itself is a tourist trap. You don’t feel like you’re escaping in nature but just part of another tourist attraction.

Hiked back in June 2018, and previously in 2013. Great trail, train bridge is fun to go on but sketchy if you are afraid of heights, something like 175' over the creek below

This hike actually features two waterfalls. The second waterfall has some ropes that you can climb to the top. It looked like you could go further but we turned around there.

Absolutely beautiful. Definitely more touristy then I thought but surprisingly didn’t effect my experience. We took a ton of great pictures

Very easy walk - some pretty scenery through the flats. No real ‘trail’ - more like walking through a field following someone’s tire tracks. But - we saw turtles and frogs and had a nice walk!

Very nice hike! It is like a scene from Lord of the Rings.

Hiked this trail while visiting NY from Baltimore with my husband and 9 y/o son. We all loved the terrain - very different from what we are used to hiking. We hiked up the creek until we got to the bridge and hiked back down on the steep dirt trail. We absolutely loved climbing the waterfalls. I definitely recommend this one! Wear waterproof shoes with a good grip and take bug spray!

Did this one with my husband and 9y/o while visiting NY from Baltimore. Great little hike. We loved hiking through the stream. Trekking up the waterfalls was a great change from the hikes we usually do! We did not do the climb after we went behind the waterfall. It was very slippery and didn’t think it was safe for the kid to attempt it.

Gorge trail is a gorgeous one and must do!

2 months ago

Gotta read the signs to find the entrance. It's not just a driveway.

We made our way past the yellow gate into the South Access Entrance. Lovely, peaceful little hike that was not too challenging for the first 2-ish miles. The trail was clearly marked and easy to follow. Wetopped when we hit water just for time reasons. Might try to make it back for a longer trek next time.

Beautiful hike I went beyond the top falls probably 6 more above the last is equally as tall I went 1/4 of the way up looks like you could reach the top climbing carefully takes about an hour

2 months ago

went all the way up. amazing

My Route: Took the right trail up to the top of the gorge, looped around and back down. so the gully was on our left at all times. THEN walked the water into the gully, up the rope and back down.

My Review: 9/10. Map at the parking lot is confusing and trails are not marked other than blue. It's also difficult to start as it's straight up immediately. However, the water/creek trail is beautiful and there are many photo ops. Also, minimal garbage along trails!

My Advice: Your feet & butt will get wet, plan accordingly. If you have difficulty climbing over logs, rocks, etc. this isn't for you. Don't forget to stop and look up from time to time. The feeling of being g wrapped up in a gully is awe-inspiring.

2 months ago

Can’t wait to go back- wore the wrong shoes for the “rock climbing part”! Great place for the whole family kids and dogs.

The falls and multiple swimming holes (3 ft deep max) were amazing. I took the trail on the left side of the bridge and was atop the falls in 2 min. It took maybe 10 min from the road to get up close with the base of the falls. There were a series of ropes to assist you down the near-sheer muddy descent. After visiting the falls, I actually followed the creek north thru water, roots, rocks, and downed trees to the Attica Reservoir. 3/5 stars because there’s no real trail and no real destination. Be sure to wear sneakers because the rocks are slippery!

This trail is a nice hike! No overgrowth, a little muddy in some spots but you can walk around it easily, initial uphill but then it lelels out. The hugging tree is so serene and so beautiful. Excellent hike to bring your dog with you.

2 months ago

I loved this trail! There are some steep hills, and it can be tough when everything’s wet, but I loved the challenge!

2 months ago

Fun with the kids!!!

Inaccessible due to complete overgrowth. Take a machete and bug spray!

3 months ago

love this place!!!!

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