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Beautiful — easy and quick for a brief getaway

Peaceful trails, gorgeous waterfalls. Absolutely stunning in autumn.

Beautiful little preserve. Longest trail (Mark Twain) I did in less than 2 hours but it still provided a spectacular view! If you are looking for a short hike or just to get some exercise; this is the place!

Definitely worth the stop, but it's not a trip all in itself. Fun little trail.

Nice trail, great views, easy climbing and well marked.

Great Place to bring the dogs (they love the water) Waterfalls were beautiful! Great place for photos!

Great day hike but way too many atv's around, not on the hiking trail, but everywhere else making it a not so quite hike. At mile 13 or so is where we found that freaky stump man in the woods by the road. He's a must see if you come back by Lyman Run road. I'd call this an easy to moderate hike only because of the length the terrain was not difficult at all. The trail is well marked.

Beautiful waterfalls

This was my start on my 65 mile journey to the branch off to the South Bristol Trail in 4 days. Plans were to make it to Ontario County Park, but pace was too slow. The first day in this trail was amazing an site seeing probably cost me 30-40 minutes that I DO NOT regret taking to time to stop and see them. PLEASE if you can make this trip and volunteer to maintain the FLT!!!

beautiful views with some challenging spots

7 months ago

A perfect way to access Watkins Glen while beating some of the traffic and difficult parking within the state park. This trail hugs the ridge of the gorge, providing some great views that you can enjoy in seclusion as very few venture out towards the Fingerlakes Trail from the main area.

Wonderful trail, especially the Mark Twain trail...it is 3 mile loop with elevation over 1000 ft.

7 months ago

I will start by saying that we had a lot of fun and since you are basically hiking up and down a series of small waterfalls, it was beautiful.

Be prepared to get wet. Possibly soaked. It was more like exploring than an actual trail. There are a lot of places where you have to cross the water.

A real downside to this trail is the required $5 fee for all adults. This seems high to me for something that requires no maintainance by them.

Not much of a trail, but if you want to jump around on rocks and in puddles it is great.

Parts of trail were wiped out due to rock slides, needs works near the end of trail.

7 months ago

Very short. Great falls except you can't safely walk to the largest that is under the bridge . Worth a look if doing others in the area .

The trail just ends . Stream was beautiful. Very grown in . Well marked

Great hike, well marked but a very small trail. It was slightly difficult due to the incline. Well worth the trip to a beautiful waterfall. It looked as if nobody had hiked the trail in quite a while cause it was fairly overgrown, I needed a stick to guide back the shrubs. It made me worry about ticks off the brush. It had rained a lot so the brush got me pretty wet. I had cell reception the entire hike so that was good.

Tough trail. Very quick elevation changes but beautiful views from the gorge trail and the east rim trail. Gorge trail was pretty heavily trafficked but the east rim was pretty quiet. Very nice!

Found it to be a nice little trail for a quick hike got into the stream and cloned up the 3 falls to the top nice hike

We ran it from Watkins Glen toward Sugar Hill. This put the big climb at the beginning of the run , and all downhill on the return

We've lived and worked in Watkins all our life and didn't know the trail existed before we found it on here. The trail west of the paved road is awesome single track with technical sections. East of the paved road, heading down into the park is very state park Esq. and is smooth and maintained.

This is a great trail and we will be back for more.

A little overgrown (check for ticks afterwards) but good payoff at the end with a beautiful atream running down a ravine and a couple small waterfalls.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

This is my go to park for a nice hike to defrag my mind after a day at the office.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Great trail with some nice views, in the Fall with few leaves left on the trees anyway. The multiple waterfalls were beautiful, particularly the larger one near the bottom. Some interesting rock features along the way. There were a couple spots along the trail that were hard due to the incline, but they were short in duration. We did end up with quite a few ticks on us, so definitely, as always, check when you are done.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Tanglewood Nature Preserve is beautiful and full of surprises. Good hike and we enjoyed seeing the birds and touring the museum. We will be returning frequently.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Waterfall after waterfall. Gorgeous !

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

nice hike with family. lots of nice scenery.

Falls were dried up due to the lack of rain. It was still a great hike with some cool views. Definitely worth the trip.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Was staying at a nearby hotel for work and hiked the park two weekends in a row. The gorge trail which follows the brook is really awesome and there are some great views. Quick and easy hiking, very enjoyable.

Great views, well kept, nice kids area and indoors museum-type area.

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