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Best trails in Watkins Glen

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Looking for a great trail near Watkins Glen, New York? AllTrails has 12 great hiking trails, forest trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Robert H. Treman State Park or Taughannock Falls State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like High Tor Wildlife Management Area or South Hill Town Recreation Way. Ready for some activity? There are 8 moderate trails in Watkins Glen ranging from 0.7 to 11.3 miles and from 482 to 1,978 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Watkins Glen
Top trails (12)
#1 - Watkins Glen South Rim Trail
Watkins Glen State Park
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 26 m
Partial trail closures of surrounding paths have been reported in this area (09/08/2020).Show more
#2 - Finger Lakes Trail to South Rim Trail
Lakeside Park
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Length: 10.7 mi • Est. 5 h 25 m
#3 - Watkins Glen Indian Trail
Watkins Glen State Park
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 55 m
#4 - Gorge Trail and Indian Trail Loop [CLOSED]
Watkins Glen State Park
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 21 m
Note: As of 10/23/2020, the Gorge Trail is closed for maintenance. For more information, please see https://parks.ny.gov/parks/142/ 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.Show more
#5 - Catharine Valley Trail
Catharine Creek Wildlife Management Area
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 1 h 37 m
#6 - Punch Bowl Road
Watkins Glen State Park
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 55 m
#7 - Schuyler County: Sugar Hill
Sugar Hill State Forest
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 1 h 50 m
Please note that the firetower is closed (09/05/2020).Show more
#8 - Indian Trail to South Rim Trail Loop
Watkins Glen State Park
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 21 m
Pick up the Indian Trail until you hit the bridge crossing the gorge. Then, hit the South Rim Trail to get back to the park entrance. Once you reach the road, there is plenty of shoulder along the road to walk safely.Show more
#9 - Glen Creek Gorge Trail [CLOSED]
Watkins Glen State Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(287)
Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 11 m
Note: As of 10/23/2020, the Gorge Trail is closed for maintenance. For more information, please see https://parks.ny.gov/parks/142/ 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.Show more
#10 - Gorge Trail and Lovers Lane Loop [CLOSED]
Watkins Glen State Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(332)
Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 25 m
Note: As of 10/23/2020, the Gorge Trail is closed for maintenance. For more information, please see https://parks.ny.gov/parks/142/Show more
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