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Watkins Glen State Park

1009 N Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1432
+1 607-535-4511
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The cascades of 18 waterfalls are the calling card of this state park.
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1009 N Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1432
+1 607-535-4511
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Reviewed 3 days ago

A magnificent hike along Watkins Glen. If possible go with a State Park Environmental Educator to learn the most about the formations you will see. Take a second, more leisurely hike the same day or the next day. This is not a hike on level...More

Thank Harvey B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We loved the hike through the Glen. It's amazing the power of water. If your in the area and like to hike you have to check it out.

Thank Jonathan H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A must see if you are a waterfall enthusiast. You climb steps intermittently then level out and can see picturesque gorges and waterloos along the way. At the top of the walk there are picnic areas and a snack shop. You can take a trolley...More

Thank Foodielovertoo532
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent a beautiful day there. Breathtaking scenery. There are quite a few stairs there. There were a number of people that had a hard time navigating them. Be sure to wear suitable shoes as some of the rocks are wet and can be slippery....More

Thank julieray59
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I love waterfalls, hikes and parks and have travelled around the world and while the town itself is nothing this park, hiking up the canyons along waterfall after waterfall is beyond spectacular. If you saw one of the views it would be amazing but it...More

Thank Truthrulesintheend
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love it here, we had visited in every season. Each time I see something new. Great for all ages, although the trail can be a bit tough on the feet or knees. Lots of steps.

Thank ghackett3
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Took the kids there. Hiked the gorge. Was very cool. Very beautiful. Certainly worth a visit. We camped near there so that was a very good experience.

Thank Pavanjit C
Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

What beautiful scenery!! Wow!! The waterfalls were stunning!! The hike we took was amazing!! Went to the very bottom of the Watkins glen gorge. So many waterfalls!!! I recommend this hike if you are capable of doing so.

Thank laukhuff
Reviewed 21 December 2017

We planned a trip to Ithica just to visit this place. It's a little bit tricky to find the entrance. There is paid parking across the street also free parking along the neighboorhood. Its a nice 2-hour walk with some amazing views.

Thank rpunit
Reviewed 14 December 2017 via mobile

Love this hike, improvements to parking and the park itself will be amazing when complete. The trail is a moderate hike, and every time I go I love it more!

Thank Jennifer W
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Elsie D
5 February 2018|
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Response from fallfan54 | Reviewed this property |
Last October my wife and I dropped into the Watkins Glen drainage from the north entrance. We walked for approx 2 hours until we exited near the east entrance. Didn't see one dog on the trail.
12 November 2017|
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Response from peggy m | Reviewed this property |
Not sure but most likely open. Lots of wineries. Other Finger Lakes are close by and some have waterfall areas. Get a state map and google area online to find attractions.
18 October 2017|
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Response from brichey1 | Reviewed this property |
If your children stay on the trail, near you, and no horsing around or climbing, it might be ok, but this trail is VERY strenuous and there are steep dropoffs with low or no railings.