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.

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.

6 days 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.

7 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.
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.

Scenic all the way!

Great walking trails and beautiful scenery.

Pretty trail. Not secluded at all. If you are looking to get away for a nice long hike this isn't for you, but the Gorge is beautiful.

Beautiful scenery. Pretty busy when I went on Columbus Day weekend. Lots of steps but other than that a very easy trail.

7 months ago

Beautiful but very crowded place! We went there after days of heavy rainfall and the water was pretty muddy, which spoiled the views a little, but we loved it anyways.

Absolutely LOVE this place. We stayed in Oneida village. Very peaceful and spacious. Will definitely be coming back soon!

love this hike with awesome view.

The scenery itself was amazing!!!! However, a narrow trail combined with way too many people made this a hike that was just not enjoyable.

This trail has a lot to offer to a lot of different people. It’s pretty easy, so it’s great for beginners but it also so rich in beauty and unique nature that it will entertain even the most experienced. It also happens to be located in a quaint little town with some really great dinner spots. Do yourself a favor and grab a glass of wine when you finish, after all, you are in the best wine region on the east coast, so why not?

Lot of people. Lovely trail but v busy

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