Watkins Glen Gorge Trail

MODERATE 121 reviews
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Watkins Glen Gorge Trail is a 2.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Watkins Glen, New York that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

DISTANCE
2.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
508 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

waterfall

muddy

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 day ago

The trail and scenery along it are lovely. However this place is way too touristy for my liking. A lot of people seem to have no concept of trail etiquette and it blows my mind how many people wear flip flops to do this! It’s wet and slippery even when it hasn’t been raining! Please don’t be a hazard to yourself or others!

18 days ago

very beautiful

hiking
23 days ago

Very nice hike, quite a few steps if ypu go all the way up. On weekends there is a ton of people as it is very touristy. Going around some of the waterfalls gets tricky as alot of people congregate around them and make passing them very difficult. try it in the middle of the week when there are less people and its a great hike.

1 month ago

good trail. moderate rating is accurate. good views from gorge trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely stunning; favorite spot I’ve ever been. Many stairs so not friendly to those with disabilities or issues with stairs. Also proper shoes required as it gets very slip! Seems a lot long that 2.4 miles each way lol. My map my walk usually says around 6 miles from from the pool parking lot. So worth it!

2 months ago

Beautiful trail!

2 months ago

Love this hike! We do it about once every two years. So pretty and fun for all ages.

hiking
2 months ago

Easily my favorite place in the world. If you're anywhere near this park, it's absolutely stunning, and a very fun park to explore. A moderate hike that's mostly paved, but with a LOT of steps - The views are worth it. I've done this trail with a knee injury and was able to do most of the steps without issue. It can get very crowded, especially during fall foliage season, but worth the crowds for the scenery!

hiking
2 months ago

Easily one of my favorite hiking spots. There are so many unique waterfalls and overhangs to walk under and around. Be prepared to get wet, as some of the waterfalls fall directly on the pathway. Dress and pack accordingly.

2 months ago

Like walking through Rivendell!

2 months ago

Beautiful trail. We went early in the morning, so there weren't many people, but I can imagine it is pretty crowded during the day. There are signs everywhere saying no dogs on the trail, but if you have a well-behaved dog and you go early enough that it isn't crowded, I'd dare to say that you could take your dog on the trail. The path is fenced in the whole way, I think they are scared of dogs jumping over the fence.

hiking
8 months ago

Hands down the prettiest gorge trail I have been to. Took my family here during graduation weekend.

9 months ago

Beautiful park and trails however the Gorge Trail Does NOT allow dogs it is posted on all of the trail heads. There are other less scenic trails that do allow dogs.

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

beautiful views...chilly in the gorge and lots of steps. slippery in the gorge too so be wary for those with knee or mobility issues.
enjoy!
not dog friendly

9 months ago

Beautiful. Very easy

9 months ago

Scenic all the way!

10 months ago

Beautiful scenery. Pretty busy when I went on Columbus Day weekend. Lots of steps but other than that a very easy trail.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful but very crowded place! We went there after days of heavy rainfall and the water was pretty muddy, which spoiled the views a little, but we loved it anyways.

10 months ago

Absolutely LOVE this place. We stayed in Oneida village. Very peaceful and spacious. Will definitely be coming back soon!

10 months ago

The scenery itself was amazing!!!! However, a narrow trail combined with way too many people made this a hike that was just not enjoyable.

11 months ago

Been here twice. The first time I came was in the winter and the Gorge was closed due to fallen trees from a storm. We went on the Indian trail and sort of climbed down into the gorge from there and snuck in. Seeing it in the winter when there was no one ese around was pretty magical. Came again in the summer and it was definitely crowed but still just as beautiful.

11 months ago

beautiful walk I only got to see just a little of the gorge trail because they don't allow dogs on the trail so I didn't see to much but from what I did see it was exceptional... they should allow dogs on the gorge trail and because they don't I probably won't go back.

11 months ago

This is a beautiful trail with lots of falls and pools to visually enjoy but the heavy touristy traffic makes if difficult to get a 'great picture.' If you can hike these trails during off peak seasons, it would prove rewarding.

11 months ago

Beautiful... but crowded

hiking
11 months ago

You just have to hike this trail! Just do it!
We hike north to south, all downhill.
This is one of those hikes that words cannot properly describe.

hiking
Sunday, August 13, 2017

Beautiful - amazing to see the gorge and how the water has carved it. It became crowded and a person actually started to push me at one point of congestion.

hiking
Sunday, August 06, 2017

Beautiful falls, caves, and cliffs

walking
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Beautiful, but crowded with folks that weren't very trail friendly.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Very cool spot with awesome views. Pretty neat getting to walk under the falls and through caves. You will get a tad wet from the splashing water! Unfortunately quite touristy and hard to navigate around the crowds of people. Recommend a visit though!

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