Gorge Trail and Indian Trail Loop

MODERATE 416 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.

1 day ago

beautiful! the stairs at the end are killer tho haha

hiking
2 days ago

Me and my dad did this loop in September 2017. The landscape is unique and combined with cascading 8 water falls makes the hike even more rewarding. We loved the hike and is fairly easy without much elevation gain. Plenty of opportunity for photo shoot. Parking is 8$ but under two hours, it is free as most of the roadside parking is just for 2 hours. So this hike is easily doable in 2 hours. Just a pro tip.

2 days ago

Great views

Beautiful park with spectacular views of many waterfalls. Multiple stone stairs take you up, down, behind and close up to the falls. Great experience!

hiking
14 days ago

so many beautiful views

16 days ago

crowded on the holiday weekend which was hard on the narrow rocks, but 100% worth it so beautiful.

17 days ago

The gorge trail is beautiful. Definitely worth doing. Wear water shoes. There is a shuttle at the end of you can’t make the entire loop.

hiking
17 days ago

Absolutely gorgeous! Fairly easy hike on even terrain. Be prepared to climb stairs and get a little wet. Tons of tourists!

hiking
19 days ago

Great views but tons of people

25 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this place! Saw too many people wearing improper footwear.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this today and Wow, so Beautiful. Also did the South rim trail, but there was no compariosn for the beauty from the other trails. There was a $6.00 fee for parking and it was Super busy, would deffently do this hike again but would go during the week and Not the weekend, there was people everywhere, but still super pretty

hiking
1 month ago

Did the south rim trail and the Indian trail. The gorge trail was closed due to ice on the trial. Really nice and not many difficult spots. Definitely a place to return to.

hiking
1 month ago

I frequent many many state parks, but this one always takes the cake! There are many stairs on the gorge trail, but they are spread out and there are plenty of places to rest as well. Such a beautiful home well worth the work!

1 month ago

Terrific views of waterfalls, but would not necessarily call it a hike. More like a tourist attraction. Second half of this trail is very dull.

hiking
1 month ago

Fantastic scenery. Multiple waterfalls. Great paths carved into the gorge. One spot you can walk behind the waterfall. We walked about 4 miles total. Good hike for just about anyone.

2 months ago

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!

2 months ago

800 stone steps but worth the trip!

hiking
4 months 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
4 months 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
5 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

crowded

hiking
9 months ago

No dogs allowed on the Gorge Trail. Bummer.

9 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
9 months ago

Great walking trails and beautiful scenery.

hiking
9 months ago

love this hike with awesome view.

hiking
9 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?

10 months ago

Lot of people. Lovely trail but v busy

hiking
10 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
10 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!

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