Gorge Trail and Indian Trail Loop

MODERATE 356 reviews
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Gorge Trail and Indian Trail Loop is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Watkins Glen, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and fishing and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
2.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
564 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

camping

fishing

hiking

walking

river

views

waterfall

muddy

snow

no dogs

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 viewable from the hiking trails. The gorge trail features stone steps, and meanders past Glen Creek and the waterfalls and through Cavern Cascade, providing spectacular views that make this one of the best state parks. The South Rim Trail and the Indian Trail provide views of the gorge. Campers and day-visitors can swim in the Olympic-sized swimming pool, go on guided hikes through the gorge in summer, stay overnight in tent and trailer campsites, have lunch in the picnic facilities or do some fishing in nearby Seneca Lake or Catherine Creek, where in the mid-May you can find rainbow trout.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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!

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

crowded

hiking
6 months ago

No dogs allowed on the Gorge Trail. Bummer.

6 months ago

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.

walking
6 months ago

Great walking trails and beautiful scenery.

hiking
6 months ago

love this hike with awesome view.

hiking
7 months ago

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?

7 months ago

Lot of people. Lovely trail but v busy

hiking
7 months ago

First, it's a beautiful natural wonder that is awe inspiring. Be warned, it's very crowded and a lot of people on the trail are incredibly inconsiderate and rude. Try ignoring them and enjoy the beauty (it's well worth it).

hiking
7 months ago

The most beautiful and jaw dropping Gorge I've ever seen. This is a must see hike! My only gripe is the crowds. This should be described as extremely crowded. People stop in the middle of the trail instead of pulling over and can be frustrating. I would definitely not let that deter you from doing this hike though. The Gorge is spectacular!

hiking
8 months ago

This is a special place to hike. The lower falls trail is so perfectly intertwined with nature. Two of my kids did the hike with me and loved it. Check out my full write up which includes directions and other things to look out for.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/watkinsglen

8 months ago

Very scenic an beautiful!

8 months ago

A beautiful area but we prefer more natural hikes. This has a lot of concrete pathways and it was very crowded with tour busses. The gorge was definitely a unique setting and were glad we saw it.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful. A bit of a climb, but v doable and absolutely worth it.

8 months ago

This was one of the prettiest places I have ever seen. Walked up the gorge trail and all of its stairs with a lot of other site seers and then back the Indian Trail which was so quiet and peaceful.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful trail with ample accessibility provided by stairs, handrails and bridges. Not a secluded hike by a long shot, but amazing scenery. Parking can get a little crowded, so if you're okay with a longer hike to beat some traffic, try approaching Watkins Glen from the Figerlakes Trail.

8 months ago

Beautiful but heavy traffic. Hard to enjoy scenery when people are bumping into you.

8 months ago

Easily one of the most scenic trails in upstate NY. The hike on the Gorge trail was beautiful. The kids found the passageways under the falls to be exciting and enjoyed all the water on the trail.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful!!!

9 months ago

Just beautiful!

9 months ago

Go early!

hiking
9 months ago

loved the trail, both sides

walking
9 months ago

The views were gorgeous, but we found the trail markings to be less than adequate. There was more than one dog on the gorge trail when there should have been none. Over the course of that trail we only saw one state park employee. I would have been helpful to have more than one to answer any questions, to share information about the park, and to enforce park rules (like dogs not allowed).The shuttle is a great service at $5 per person, but should be a daily pass for that amount. (It is easy to miss the route in the park you intend to take to get back to your car). Very crowded on Saturday.

hiking
9 months ago

There is construction going on at the main entrance currently. It was very dusty and loud but once you got past that it was nice. Not too crowded during the week though I will say people are very rude and will walk right in front of you to get a picture while you're taking one. It's very touristy but beautiful!

10 months ago

Its amaziing!!

hiking
10 months ago

awsome, nice challenge with stairs gorge trail beautiful!

10 months ago

Went in the summer when it was raining, and it was super cool. Not too muddy at all. Absolutely incredible hike!

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful hike!

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