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 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.

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.

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1 month 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.

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1 month 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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rocky
1 month 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
2 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.

Definitely go EARLY we got there at 9ish not very busy was able to take great pictures with no other people around. On our way back down about 11 ish the trail got very crowded and was hard to take any pictures and to walk thru the trail. Not very hard trail stairs are not that bad saw many elderly people walking it no problem

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rocky
2 months ago

You have two options: either start at the visitor center and hike to the top; or take the shuttle to the top and hike down. We had a toddler with us so we opted to shuttle to the top. It was beautiful and blue sky but there still seemed to be water falling all around us so you may get wet. Tons of waterfalls. We were on the very first shuttle of the morning; the closer we got to the end the more and more crowded it became until literally people were bumping into each other. Recommend going early and maybe during the week to avoid excessive crowds of people who just stop in the middle of the path to take a picture.

Waterfalls are beautiful but WAY too many people. Went midday. I’m assuming the earlier the better. Many people taking pictures. Everywhere you look there are people. Sights and sounds of the water are beautiful though.

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2 months ago

Enjoyed this majestic Gorge trail with packets of beautiful waterfalls to see along the way. There are a number of step ups but only to discover more amazing views of nature.

Highly recommend this hike if you're in the area. lots of stairs (823) but when you reach the top, you can come down Indian trail. beautiful waterfalls are a plus. took us much longer to hike this trail due to all the photo opportunities. Go, take your time and enjoy this beauty!.

amazing scenery at every turn. nicely paced ascent up 800+ steps. came down Indian trail which was not as scenic but easy on the legs w no steps until towards bottom where we had to head back to gorge trail since bottom of Indian trail closed

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2 months ago

Crowded (tour buses) even for a Monday, but still beautiful and worth it. Go early or later in the afternoon. And wasn’t too physically strenuous. I’d consider this more easy than moderate. My 8 year old said it was way easy. There is plenty of trail between steps to climb.

It was a nice hike but very crowded. i recommend taking indian trail first to jacobs ladder then gorge trail back to your starting point. it is a lot easier to walk uphill and then down the stairs. the cascade spiral was pretty.

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muddy
rocky
2 months ago

Always a beautiful time. Highly recommend to all ages! No dogs allowed in the gorge trail.

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