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Gorge Trail and Indian Trail Loop

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Watkins Glen State Park

Gorge Trail and Indian Trail Loop is a 2.4 mile heavily 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: 574 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

camping

fishing

hiking

walking

river

views

waterfall

muddy

snow

no dogs

Note: Users have reported that the Indian Trail is closed on the western end. For more information, please see https://parks.ny.gov/parks/142/. As of May 2020, the Gorge Trail has been closed indefinitely. 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.

Lower Gorge is closed still

Wonderful experience

gorge trail is "closed" very easy to get to it anyways, did so and passed a few people. There is a small section in the middle that workers are, so just turned around at this point and followed Indian and south rim trails... highly recommend!

As of May 17th, the Gorge trail is closed indefinitely. Views aren’t great from the Indian trail. Hike was a little muddy. Would’ve been a lot better if the gorge trail was open.

Gorge closed: would be five stars

hiking
3 months ago

a very unique hiking/walking-through experience.

hiking
icy
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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

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muddy
5 months ago

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.

hiking
6 months ago

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
6 months ago

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.

hiking
7 months ago

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

recorded Recording - Oct 19, 04:13 PM

hiking
7 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!!!!!

hiking
muddy
7 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

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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muddy
7 months ago

hiking
muddy
rocky
7 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

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!

hiking
7 months ago

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

hiking
muddy
rocky
7 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.

hiking
muddy
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

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!.

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