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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.

Loved this place! Saw too many people wearing improper footwear.

Did this today and Wow, so Beautiful. Also did the South rim trail, but there was no compariosn for the beauty from the other trails. There was a $6.00 fee for parking and it was Super busy, would deffently do this hike again but would go during the week and Not the weekend, there was people everywhere, but still super pretty

Good trail, not to busy or buggy, also did the Indian trail and Gorge trail, those are absolutely phenomenal and Breath taking!!!

Did the south rim trail and the Indian trail. The gorge trail was closed due to ice on the trial. Really nice and not many difficult spots. Definitely a place to return to.

I frequent many many state parks, but this one always takes the cake! There are many stairs on the gorge trail, but they are spread out and there are plenty of places to rest as well. Such a beautiful home well worth the work!

Terrific views of waterfalls, but would not necessarily call it a hike. More like a tourist attraction. Second half of this trail is very dull.

Absolutely stunning; favorite spot I’ve ever been. Many stairs so not friendly to those with disabilities or issues with stairs. Also proper shoes required as it gets very slip! Seems a lot long that 2.4 miles each way lol. My map my walk usually says around 6 miles from from the pool parking lot. So worth it!

Beautiful trail!

Love this hike! We do it about once every two years. So pretty and fun for all ages.

Fantastic scenery. Multiple waterfalls. Great paths carved into the gorge. One spot you can walk behind the waterfall. We walked about 4 miles total. Good hike for just about anyone.

Easily my favorite place in the world. If you're anywhere near this park, it's absolutely stunning, and a very fun park to explore. A moderate hike that's mostly paved, but with a LOT of steps - The views are worth it. I've done this trail with a knee injury and was able to do most of the steps without issue. It can get very crowded, especially during fall foliage season, but worth the crowds for the scenery!

Easily one of my favorite hiking spots. There are so many unique waterfalls and overhangs to walk under and around. Be prepared to get wet, as some of the waterfalls fall directly on the pathway. Dress and pack accordingly.

1 month ago

Like walking through Rivendell!

Beautiful trail. We went early in the morning, so there weren't many people, but I can imagine it is pretty crowded during the day. There are signs everywhere saying no dogs on the trail, but if you have a well-behaved dog and you go early enough that it isn't crowded, I'd dare to say that you could take your dog on the trail. The path is fenced in the whole way, I think they are scared of dogs jumping over the fence.

Nice trail, but not really worth the time if you have the opportunity to do the main trail. You can't see any of the waterfalls, only hear them.

had a great time even with all the trails being closed due to bad weather looking forward to going back when the trails are open!

800 stone steps but worth the trip!

This is where the best views are. If you combine this with either or both of the rims this can make a great hike. A little touristy, but great views. Be careful on the wet stone and steps.

As of today some of the gorge trail is still closed.

This is a nice trail. Nothing too exciting. It gets a much higher rating if you add the gorge trail or some of the other spurs.

I did this trail in the Spring. The key is to get there early, because it will be packed. If solitude is more what you prefer when hiking, this is not the trail for you. That being said, the beauty of the gorges and waterfalls on this trail is worth dealing with the crowds. Definitely worth the price to get in.

This was one of the most beautiful trails I've ever done. This was one of the stops on our road trip from Michigan to Maine. I'm so glad we did it!

Beautiful! Just watch out for the ice under the snow if you go in winter.

Hands down the prettiest gorge trail I have been to. Took my family here during graduation weekend.

Beautiful park and trails however the Gorge Trail Does NOT allow dogs it is posted on all of the trail heads. There are other less scenic trails that do allow dogs.

No dogs allowed on the Gorge Trail. Bummer.

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8 months ago

beautiful views...chilly in the gorge and lots of steps. slippery in the gorge too so be wary for those with knee or mobility issues.
enjoy!
not dog friendly

Beautiful. Very easy

Gorgeous trail, went there during the end of the season (October). This specific trail is beautiful in fall. The hike is EASY! There isn't much to hike. We started at the upper entrance from George Trail and returned with Indian trail.

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