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Watkins Glen South Rim Trail is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Watkins Glen, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.6 mi Elevation gain 570 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Views Waterfall Wildlife Muddy
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Partial trail closures of surrounding paths have been reported in this area (09/08/2020).

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kerry Kushetsky
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Thomas Lin
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Relatively easy hike. if you go a little further there is a reservoir that I feel is a must see.

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Daniela Huerfano
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cold at this time but definitely a fun hike with the love on!

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Chelsea-Jo Soper
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Lori Loehr
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Parked at South entrance. Walked Finger Lake trail, crossed the suspension bridge, walked along Indian back to Main entrance, crossed the bridge and pick up Finger Lakes Trail again. Finger Lake trail far less busy than Indian. Most people had masks on but not everyone. Decent amount of water for serene sounds.

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Dawn Kluskowski Stoj
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Lenny Junkm
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Marisa Meola
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josh sheaffer
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Scott Weissmann
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A Great hike in the woods on a crisp fall day in the finger lakes district was only detracted by the long 3.3 mile detour because a section of FLT was closed. Reward at the end at Grist Iron Brewery

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Alexander Kaplan
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Alexander Kaplan
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Britt K
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Nicole Coppola
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Carol Gerrish
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Walked the South Rim to return to campground after walking the Gorge trail. Gorge trail views are amazing, but too many maskless people even on weekday. Appreciated quiet woodland of South Rim and delighted to come upon fairyland stone tables and sculptures near the South Entrance end of trail.

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Frances Sturdivant
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Beautiful trail but way to packed... It was impossible to social distance... Not every one had a mask! And the lines waiting to pass the water falls was ridiculous... Twice we waited 45min or more to pass... Such a beautiful spot but one time was enough for me

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Sean Baker
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Was ok till you hit the park

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Jeremy Wolfgang
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great trail, good views, wonderful with a dog

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Bono Acosta
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Justine Chirichella
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Jannette Bradley
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Beautiful trail and park. We went on Labor Day weekend and left after 15 minutes because there were hundreds of people on the trail, most not wearing masks or adhering to social distancing. We went back on a Tuesday morning, we were there by 7:30 am and we were almost the only people on the trail for over an hour. It took us about 3 hours to hike all through the Glen because we kept stopping, and we only saw probably 20 people total. My recommendation is to get there at first light if you don't want to deal with crowds. The park is absolutely gorgeous! Some of the trails are closed (jacobs ladder) and most are one way only (due to covid-19) and it was a little confusing to figure out where to go. We just went with the flow (pardon the pun) and it ended up being fine. I would highly recommend starting at the lower level (near the main entrance- where the giant Watkins Glen State Park is) and work your way up the stairs to the left. Hopefully it will rain soon and the falls will pick up. Some had barely a trickle. It's still a magical and beautiful place! Not for babies and tiny children! Wear sturdy hiking shoes and be prepared to get a little wet at times! Ladies- a ball cap is your friend on this hike!

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David Bookamer
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go past RR bridge heading along rivers edge. follow white blazes. def the trail less traveled. main trail is quite population

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Nathan Hawke
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FLT portion was a bit rooty and overgrown in spots. Not terribly much to look at either besides woods. Watkins Glen part of it was really nice though!

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Lynn Hoesch
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Much to see along this trail. Well maintained and easy to find your way in and out. Be prepared to walk up a lot of steps. Bring your camera. There are many views and photo opportunities.

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Harlee Lucier
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Stacey van der Veen
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We went a little farther along to the pond overlook, which was lovely.

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Ben Mena
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Steep at times. Great way to work a sweat. Keep pushing towards the lake at the end and you will find a rope going over the edge of a hill. Take rope down and your at one of the best swimming holes in the area. Highly suggest.

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Tristin Charron
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