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Watkins Glen State Park in New York is one of the most well known parks of the Finger Lakes region. Within two miles, the glen's stream features 19 waterfalls. The gorge trail meanders past the waterfalls and through Cavern Cascade, providing spectacular views. The South Rim Trail and the Indian Trail provide views of the gorge. Hikers and campers can swim in the Olympic-size pool, enjoy miles of hiking trails, schedule summer tours through the narrow gorge, stay in the tent and trailer campsites, visit picnic areas, or do some fishing in nearby Seneca Lake which is renowned for its annual spring run of rainbow trout. Come hike the South Rim trail, and see one of the most beautiful parks New York state has to offer. You can grab a trail map at the help center or use AllTrails to navigate these clearly marked hikes. This park is one of the best in upstate New York, and makes a great day trip from Ithaca. Admission is $8 and includes pool access. Seasons/Hours: Watkins Glen is open year-round, but the Gorge Trail is closed for winter, the opening date depends on seasonality. Main Entrance: daily, mid-May through late-June: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm; daily, late-June through early-September: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm; daily, early-September though October: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm. South Entrance: daily, mid-May through late June: 10:00 am – 6:30 pm; daily, late-June through early-September: 9:00am – 5:30pm; weekends and holidays only from early-September though October: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm. North Entrance: weekends and holidays only from mid-May through late-June: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm; daily, late-June through early-September: 9:00am – 5:30pm; weekends and holidays only early-September though October: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm.

Awesome views of waterfalls!

So many beautiful waterfalls and rock formations! One of the most unique places.

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.

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

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1 month ago

Stunningly beautiful scenery. One of the best hikes ever! Be careful on the Indian Trail down. Several splits on the trail.

1 month ago

Fantastic

Nice trail

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1 month ago

the falls are beautiful in the fall. beautiful hike around the waterfalls but be ready to climb 800+ stairs. waterproof shoes are a must.

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1 month ago

Completed this hike on Sunday 9/23/2018. It was VERY crowded, but so worth the 4 hour drive.

Stunning beauty at every turn. Wonderfully kept trail.

The park is free, however, parking is $8. There is a gift shop, visitor center and clean restrooms.
We arrived just after noon and had no issue finding parking. The trail begins with good signage - literally follow the sidewalks and hordes of people.

The waterfalls are lovely and lots of steps. I'd call this trail Easy not Moderate.

1 month ago

dogs are not allowed on this trail which is a total bummer but it's for good reason.

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.

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1 month ago

Less crowded trail on the way back from the top of the gorge trail.

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1 month ago

Second time walking this trail, got there really early in the morning on a Monday and it was dead empty, great for photos. Last time I went was closer to 10am on a weekend day and was pretty busy.

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

2 months ago

it was a rainy day but the falls were so awesome..loved it

2 months ago

Absolutely Beautiful! A must go! The hike is rated correctly as moderate - mainly because of the amount of steps.

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

Gorge trail is a gorgeous one and must do!

2 months ago

too many people today not fun

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2 months ago

Start this trail as early as possible as it becomes so crowded and filled with tourists. This entire trail has such an amazing atmosphere and is truly one of a kind.

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3 months ago

Beautiful hike through the Gorge! A moderately difficult hike mainly due to slippery rocks, stairs, and tourists stopping to take pictures. The view of the rocks and waterfalls along the path were wonderful. I will definitely be back!

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3 months ago

Nice trail, no view. Don’t miss the gorge trail - that one is breath taking!

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3 months ago

We drove 7 hours, specifically for this hike. We started at the main entrance on Franklin, but wIth all of the recent rain, this trail was only open for the first 1/2 mile. From there we took Lover’s Lane to the Indian Trail to the end at the north entrance. What we saw of the gorge trail was absolutely amazing! No views from the Indian Trail though. Closed toe shoes are a must, we were happy to have our hiking boots as some spots were wet and muddy. This trail is an absolute must do if you are in the area.

DON'T TAKE THE INDIAN TRAIL... We started hiking gorge and from Jacob's ladder we headed back on Indian trail, the gorge trail as the name suggests is awesome but gets crowded but worth it. The Indian trail has maybe 1-2 viewing points and it doesn't have anything that makes us feel that we are at a glen... So just make sure you get back in the gorge itselff

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3 months ago

The trail and scenery along it are lovely. However this place is way too touristy for my liking. A lot of people seem to have no concept of trail etiquette and it blows my mind how many people wear flip flops to do this! It’s wet and slippery even when it hasn’t been raining! Please don’t be a hazard to yourself or others!

A beautiful hike for all ages. Not to hard. Being able To see the narrows, waterfalls, bridges all in one hike. It does get crowded but was still very enjoyable.

on Gorge Trail

3 months ago

very beautiful

Absolutely beautiful! Can’t wait to go back

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