Explore the most popular walking trails near Watkins Glen with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

beautiful! the stairs at the end are killer tho haha

Me and my dad did this loop in September 2017. The landscape is unique and combined with cascading 8 water falls makes the hike even more rewarding. We loved the hike and is fairly easy without much elevation gain. Plenty of opportunity for photo shoot. Parking is 8$ but under two hours, it is free as most of the roadside parking is just for 2 hours. So this hike is easily doable in 2 hours. Just a pro tip.

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3 days ago

I'm not sure if we took a wrong turn or so, but goes right by the cemetary which was a little creepy at one of the ends. When we went the other way (coming from the Lily pond direction) if was steep, but nice! You can see waterfalls down below.

Hiked here with fam and dog. The accesses to this trail is either from the Gorge trail, or you hike up the road to to the entrance. We couldn't go on the gorge for the dog, so ended up going up the road. It's a lot of uphill, but a lovely trail. Don't let that discourage you! Take lots of water and be careful on the way down. The map is a bit confusing, but we all enjoyed the trail.

Beautiful park with spectacular views of many waterfalls. Multiple stone stairs take you up, down, behind and close up to the falls. Great experience!

13 days ago

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

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15 days ago

so many beautiful views

crowded on the holiday weekend which was hard on the narrow rocks, but 100% worth it so beautiful.

The gorge trail is beautiful. Definitely worth doing. Wear water shoes. There is a shuttle at the end of you can’t make the entire loop.

Absolutely gorgeous! Fairly easy hike on even terrain. Be prepared to climb stairs and get a little wet. Tons of tourists!

Great views but tons of people

Loved this place! Saw too many people wearing improper footwear.

Did this today and Wow, so Beautiful. Also did the South rim trail, but there was no compariosn for the beauty from the other trails. There was a $6.00 fee for parking and it was Super busy, would deffently do this hike again but would go during the week and Not the weekend, there was people everywhere, but still super pretty

Good trail, not to busy or buggy, also did the Indian trail and Gorge trail, those are absolutely phenomenal and Breath taking!!!

Did the south rim trail and the Indian trail. The gorge trail was closed due to ice on the trial. Really nice and not many difficult spots. Definitely a place to return to.

I frequent many many state parks, but this one always takes the cake! There are many stairs on the gorge trail, but they are spread out and there are plenty of places to rest as well. Such a beautiful home well worth the work!

Terrific views of waterfalls, but would not necessarily call it a hike. More like a tourist attraction. Second half of this trail is very dull.

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!

Beautiful trail!

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

Fantastic scenery. Multiple waterfalls. Great paths carved into the gorge. One spot you can walk behind the waterfall. We walked about 4 miles total. Good hike for just about anyone.

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!

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!

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.

Nice trail, but not really worth the time if you have the opportunity to do the main trail. You can't see any of the waterfalls, only hear them.

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