Looking for a great trail in Watkins Glen State Park, New York? AllTrails has 6 great hiking 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 5 moderate trails in Watkins Glen State Park ranging from 0.7 to 2.6 miles and from 485 to 1,010 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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

muddy
2 days ago

Lovely walk down to Punch Bowl lake with hillside walk back up to main trail not well marked and wet this time off year!!

hiking
12 days ago

Well maintained trail . Would have been nice if we could have hiked back out on the gorge trail which was closed.

Gorge closed: would be five stars

a very unique hiking/walking-through experience.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail is closed for the winter season. Looks amazing, will try to return when it opens up

My absolute favorite hike, ever. It's insanely crowded almost always for a reason.

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muddy
3 months ago

Good winter trail. Gorge trail closed in winter season.

hiking
3 months ago

This was a nice trail for anyone who has trouble on steps but can walk up and down a hill without steps. The main trail was closed due to ice and unsafe this time of year. I still got to see great views from this trail and lots of dogs out with their owners.

The trail was beautiful and it was amazing to walk through the cavern. The only downside was the crowd of people. I was on the trail for about 4 hours and I probably wasted an hour just standing waiting for people to move on through the trail

Gorge trails all closed.

This is a beautiful place! Easy hike/walk depending on how you look at it. A bit wet in places, so hiking shoes were a good choice.

One of the most beautiful places that I've ever been to. I definitely recommend going very early in the busy seasons because it is very hard to appreciate the beauty of this place with a million people swarming around you. It is also very hard to find parking.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful! Reminds me of fantasy films like Lord of the Rings. Chilly, wet, muddy. Lots of stairs but nothing strenuous. Water was a good high flow. Only negative about this trail is too many people! Too many people wearing dress shoes and white Nike’s trying to keep their shoes clean and impeding traffic! Just don’t!

No dogs allowed on gorge trail which is sad. We had to take them on Indian trail but didn’t go far due to my mom’s recent knee replacement. Beautiful area and gorge! Well maintained. Crowded on a Friday but it’s worth it.

Step for step, this is one of the most beautiful places in the United States. The integration of the path and bridges into the natural gorge walls is noteworthy. I'd recommend going after a rain, when the waterfalls are really flowing.

Wish there was less people but the sights where truly gorgeous.

hiking
5 months ago

I love this trail. Starts right next to the main town. Beautiful waterfalls, more than 20 in total. A must hike for all nature lovers.

Absolutely beautiful!!! The colors were amazing, we got there at 8:45 AM very few people. And for the first time in as long as I can remember (maybe 20+ years) we were able to come all the way down the Indian Trail! LOVE THE NEW STAIRS!!!!!

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muddy
5 months ago

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rocky
5 months ago

Beautiful trail but best visited on the weekdays. Weekends are extremely busy.

Nice views but felt like waiting in line at amusement park the whole way up the gorge trail

We went up the gorge and down the Indian loop. The loop just opened today after being closed for some time. They did a beautiful job with the steps at the end of the loop! The gorge was amazing! Wear shoes you don’t care about getting wet or hiking boots (even better). Enjoy!

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rocky
5 months ago

amazing trail in the middle of New York state. stunning views. lots of stairs.

The Gorge trail is amazingly beautiful but the Indian trail is not worth doing. If you go on the hike at the end of the day or in the early morning, when it is less frequented, you can come back on the Gorge trail as well and enjoy the same views a second time (you never get enough of this gorge’s beauty)

A very unique experience. I went on a Sunday and, to my surprise, it was pretty quiet about a half mile down the trail. Pretty much the entire gourge was wet or damp so be prepared to get a little wet (you're walking under waterfalls after all). About 90% of the elevation change is via stairs. The Indian trail takes you along the upper rim. There were a few spots you can stop to look down as well as a suspension bridge you can take to a little pinic area with a snack/refreshment stand. You'll also pass by a cemetery up there. Overall great experience and I highly recommend if you're in the area!

Tons of beautiful views on the Gorge Trail but definitely go early to avoid crowds. Took the Indian Trail back and saw one other person which was nice plus it’s sunnier than the Gorge.

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