Watkins Glen Gorge Trail

MODERATE 77 reviews
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Watkins Glen Gorge Trail is a 2.4 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
2.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
360 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 month ago

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

2 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
2 months ago

hiking
3 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

3 months ago

Beautiful. Very easy

3 months ago

Scenic all the way!

3 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
3 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.

3 months ago

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

3 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.

4 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.

4 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.

4 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.

4 months ago

Beautiful... but crowded

hiking
5 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
5 months ago

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
5 months ago

Beautiful falls, caves, and cliffs

walking
5 months ago

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

5 months ago

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!

hiking
6 months ago

Easy trail better to go on gorge trail to see the sites

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