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#4 of 176 state parks in New York

Best trails in Watkins Glen State Park

1,944 Reviews
Looking for a great trail in Watkins Glen State Park, New York? AllTrails has 8 great hiking trails, forest trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 7 moderate trails in Watkins Glen State Park ranging from 0.7 to 7.6 miles and from 482 to 1,171 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Watkins Glen State Park is a natural gem. You will certainly enjoy hiking in the Glen gorge along the stream and admiring the 19 waterfalls along its course. You can also opt for a hike on the gorge rim for breathtaking views from above! After a hike on a hot summer day, you will probably enjoy swimming in the Olympic-size pool of the park! Vehicle Entrance Fee: $8 per vehicle

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Map of trails in Watkins Glen State Park
Park information
Acreage:
778 acres
Contact
(607) 535-4511
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Top trails (8)
#1 - Gorge Trail and Indian Trail Loop
Watkins Glen State Park
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 21 m
NOTE: Users have reported that as of July 2020, the final portion of the Gorge Trail is closed due to COVID-19. Please check with the park for more information. Watkins Glen State Park in New York isShow more
#2 - Glen Creek Gorge Trail
Watkins Glen State Park
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 11 m
Watkins Glen State Park is closed during the winter season and this has been reported closed for construction as of 06/09/2020. Watkins Glen State Park in New York is one of the most well known parksShow more
#3 - Gorge Trail and Lovers Lane Loop
Watkins Glen State Park
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 25 m
As of May 2020, hikers report that the main trail by the water is closed and access to the Gorge may be limited during certain days. Show more
#4 - Watkins Glen South Rim Trail
Watkins Glen State Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(114)
Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 26 m
Watkins Glen South Rim Trail is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Watkins Glen, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used forShow more
#5 - Watkins Glen Indian Trail
Watkins Glen State Park
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 1 h 3 m
Note: Sections of this trail is CLOSED however the trail is still accessible. Please check with the park page for more information and updates.Show more
#6 - Punch Bowl Road
Watkins Glen State Park
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 55 m
Punch Bowl Road is a 2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Watkins Glen, New York that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily uShow more
#7 - Indian Trail to South Rim Trail Loop
Watkins Glen State Park
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 21 m
Pick up the Indian Trail until you hit the bridge crossing the gorge. Then, hit the South Rim Trail to get back to the park entrance. Once you reach the road, there is plenty of shoulder along the rShow more
#8 - Gorge Trail, Outer Rim, and Finger Lakes Trail
Watkins Glen State Park
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 3 h 4 m
Gorge Trail, Outer Rim, and Finger Lakes Trail is a 7.6 mile loop trail located near Watkins Glen, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and bShow more