Gorge Trail and Indian Trail Loop

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Gorge Trail and Indian Trail Loop is a 2.5 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
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
656 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

camping

fishing

hiking

walking

river

views

waterfall

muddy

snow

no dogs

Watkins Glen State Park is the most famous of the Finger Lakes State Parks, with a reputation for leaving visitors spellbound. Within two miles, the glen's stream descends 400 feet past 200-foot cliffs, generating 19 waterfalls along its course. The gorge path winds over and under waterfalls and through the spray of Cavern Cascade. Rim trails overlook the gorge. Campers and day-visitors can enjoy the Olympic-size pool, scheduled summer tours through the gorge, tent and trailer campsites, picnic facilities and excellent fishing in nearby Seneca Lake or Catherine Creek, which is renowned for its annual spring run of rainbow trout.

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23 days ago

Beautiful hike with a lot of visitors during the summer months.

hiking
28 days ago

Pretty heavy traffic at this one, but the views are well worth it. You'll pass multiple waterfalls throughout the gorge trail. We went in late June during a drought season so the falls were probably not flowing as heavy as normal. I went with my son & my younger daughter (6 at the time) and she was fine for the full loop.

The gorge is incredibly beautiful and the gorge trail is a very easy walk. Near the opposite end from the parking area, you'll run into quite a few steps at once.

Overall, it's a pretty easy hike and the views are great from virtually everywhere. It's well worth dealing with the crowds to see this one.

hiking
1 month ago

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hiking
1 month ago

favorite trail of any of the state parks I've been to

hiking
2 months ago

A very crowded but beautiful trail. The cookout afterwards was very nice. We counted over 16 tour buses entering the park.

2 months ago

Awesome!!!!! Bring water or hydro pack. Great photo ops. Only reason it got 4 stars is because it was overrun with Asian tourists...busses and busses of them.

hiking
2 months ago

Some trails closed but still a great hike.

hiking
2 months ago

We came to the park in early April. Unfortunately we traveled from Philadelphia and did not know Gorge area was closed until may! However we decided to hop the fence and risk the fines due to long travel time invested. It was absolutely breath taking. Well worth the risk.

3 months ago

3 months ago

We did this trail this summer first thing in the morning to take photos. It was a beautiful hike. Can't wait to go back.

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hiking
5 months ago

We go at least once every year during the summer. The beautiful scenery make it worthwhile, and there are numerous paths to choose with different difficulties, so basically anyone can hike this!

hiking
6 months ago

amazing views, lots of sights to spur daydreams

hiking
6 months ago

7 months ago

beautiful u have to see it in person. easy hiking but fun to wonder around and climb and find cool swimming spots. camped was a blast