Watkins Glen State Park
Watkins Glen State Park
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8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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Watkins Glen State Park is a natural wonder located in Upstate New York, about 250 miles from New York City. The highlight here is the 19 waterfalls that cascade down the stream and rock formations—you'll want to take your time exploring them along the hiking trails on offer. The Gorge Trail along Glen Creek is particularly stunning, just be careful of the slippery steps. Consider visiting Watkins Glen State Park on a tour of Niagara Falls from New York City. For fewer crowds, visit on weekdays or early in the day—especially during the peak summer season. – Tripadvisor
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  • Linda B
    Johnstown, Pennsylvania1,144 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must to experience to appreciate, don’t miss
    Need Good hiking shoes. Lots of steps everywhere. Put sunscreen on. Will get wet at times. Everyone had a great time. This was our return from 10 years ago. Plenty of photo opportunities. You will need to allow at least 3 hrs. or more to enjoy fully all that is here. Make sure to use the trash cans that are available through out the Gorge. You will need to stop and rest from time to time, the will help to soak all the wonders here within. No bathrooms so go before entering the Gorge. There is a $10 fee for parking.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 May 2023
  • bushrah2016
    Bangkok, Thailand187 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    This is a must do. Fantastic experience. The walk along the gorge is beautiful, moderate level. Enjoyed by kids and adults alike. We went on a very busy day and yet it didn't seem cramped. Must do!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 June 2023
  • adventureme
    Brantford, Canada134 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hiking Day
    Great place to hike and see waterfalls. Pets not allowed on the Gorge Trail but the NorthRim or Indian Trail is okay. Beautiful area and the trails are clean and not busy. Highly recommended! Park at the lower lot and walk up so the walk back is downward.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 10 June 2023
  • marianne p
    Plymouth, Massachusetts76 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible but don’t do this with small children or if you have problems with stairs
    Incredible experience especially walking behind the waterfalls. I had no problem with the hike, as I hike frequently, but several people did. This is not for small children or those that have problems with stairs. It would have been helpful to have a description at each sight instead of constantly needing to refer to the small map that is given to you if you ask at the information booth.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 28 June 2023
  • Nancy P
    205 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Waterfalls!
    This state park has beautiful trails and waterfalls! There are three levels of hikes, easy, moderate and strenuous. They do have maps in the park, but you can also go to the NY Parks website to get info and maps before you go. We did the moderate trail from the main entrance. We were able to see The Suspension bridge, the Lily Pond, Lover's Lane lookout, Cascade falls and Rainbow falls. (we avoided Jacobs Ladder as it's 180 steps). The Cascade falls are absolutely beautiful and you can walk behind Rainbow falls. Expect to get a little wet at Rainbow falls, but not drenched. Wear sneakers or hiking shoes for these trails. I believe there are 19 waterfalls in Watkins Glen if you are adventurous. I highly recommend visiting Watkins Glen. You won't be disappointed!
    Visited June 2023
    Written 1 July 2023
  • letusescape56
    122 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see state park with amazing waterfalls and trails
    This is a 1 mile walk/hike (one way) through this beautiful state park. There are so many amazing waterfalls to see on the way. Park at the bottom parking lot and you can take the gorge walk to the top and take the eco walk on the way down, Or park at the top parking lot and walk down if you don’t want to climb steps. And there are many steps to climb!
    Visited July 2023
    Written 6 July 2023
  • Cheryl G
    Dawsonville, Georgia10 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wet (if you want to be)Adventure
    This is definitely a must-see park ! We went on July 4 th weekend during the day and it was not crowded at all . It was a mixture of warm , cool, and wet. However , it is dangerous for elderly people if they do not have good balance and have weak knees . The stairs wear down your legs much faster than a slope or ramp would. The outer trails , even with a map, are slightly hard to follow and find . The inside gorge waterfall trail is easy to follow but the hardest route . Finally, if you want to get wet, you can easily make that happen. I barely got wet, because I chose not to. However, your shoes will get wet no matter what, so just keep this in mind .
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 July 2023
  • Jeana P
    758 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful well-maintained park
    We parked at the Upper (north) entrance. There are clean restrooms here as well as a small playground for children. It was nice that the trails are pet friendly except for the Gorge Trail. Although there is a sign that the steps/path down to the Gorge Trail is closed, you can still get to the Gorge Trail via the other trails. The steps are very steep and with the recent rains, surely dangerous. Nonetheless, the other trails are beautiful through the woods, over bridges, and you can still see the rushing water through the gorge from the other trails. We enjoyed our visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 July 2023
  • Carolyn W
    Peterborough, Canada15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    Beautiful!! Keep in mind that it is best to wear good footwear. There are two entrances ( upper and lower ) We chose upper entrance so it was all downhill which I think is much easier. Whichever entrance you choose - there is a shuttle bus at the end that will take you back to the other entrance we’re you have parked. Shuttle is 6.00 per person. It took us approximately 1 1/2 hours to do the trail. We’ll worth it - amazing to see.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 July 2023
  • GREGG157
    32 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Will go back for the Gorge trail
    Went camping at Watkins Glenn State Park with my wife and daughter. the campgrounds were nice but the campsites were hard to get into due to the trees. I had to back our travel trailer between two trees. We walked the Gorge Trail which was amazing it was a lot of walking but well worth it with 19 water falls it is truly worth the hike.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 July 2023
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Monica M
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We entered the main entrance (stayed across the street at Watkins Motel, highly recommend) and did the Gorge Trail. We entered the park at 7:30 and had the place almost to ourselves. We took the trail the full 1.8 miles to Jacob's Ladder (the most stairs we did at one time {180}. If you don't want to go up them, just turn around and head back. If you need to use the facilities and don't want to hike back there is a shuttle that will pick you up here and take you back for $6 cash or credit) We used the facilities and headed back. Don't let the 800+ stairs intimidate you. We are out of shape and I have a health condition and we did just fine! The stairs are spaced out with plenty of space between. The views and waterfalls are breath taking. Worth every step. There are two walk behind waterfalls where you will get some spray, not overly wet. However, the trail behind the falls will have puddles, be prepared for wet feet. Also, some of the trails are very narrow, and you will undoubtedly have to squeeze around other hikers (who have little manners and don't want to move to the side or wait for you to come by.) This is why we went early. Our way up wasn't bad. Our way back it was 9 a.m. and getting very busy. Lastly, I will mention that there are numerous entrances and parking lots. I highly recommend the main entrance to take the Gorge Trail. Entering this way, all the waterfalls and views are in front of you as you hike. Entering at Jacob's Ladder puts all the views behind you as you hike.
Written 26 May 2024
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Melissa S
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Few tips for Fellow travelers
-Go when the lower trails are open (otherwise not worth it) nothing is open. We didn't know this going in so that's on us, should have done more research.
-Locals are very intolerant to tourists (unless you are paying for something)
-Drivers are very aggressive and run you off the road (please be careful)
-Most likely will not return here
Written 15 April 2024
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Shawn H
Washington DC, DC408 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We went to Watkins Glen State Park off season - so we didnt' get the full experience. In late November, we arrived - one of only a few cars in the lot. The shop and visitors center were closed, bathrooms were limited to outhouses. During this time of year, the really famous trails inside the gorge are closed, but we were able to walk down and back on both sides of the gorge, with some really nice views from some lookout positions on the waterfalls below. From what we could see, the trails that were locked off must be spectacular. I don't fault the park for closing off unsafe trails in the winter - but it would be nice if they'd find a way to connect the trails open in the winter better so you can do a more convenient loop.
Written 16 December 2023
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Freya123456
Gloucester, VA155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
The Gorge Trail was closed for season, but the North and South trails remained open. We had the wildest winter experience as the snow fell and the winds almost carried us off. It was awesome. The bridges, the overlooks, the gorge and the waterfalls. Nobody was there, and we had an amazing time. We highly recommend Watkins Glen in December.
Written 15 December 2023
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Mariusz S
Baulkham Hills, Australia296 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Very nice walk into the Watkins Glen Gorge, very picturesque.
Several places to see cascading waterfalls so take your camera.
Gets quite busy after 10am and on a nice day it will be full of people so it's hard to get the photos that make impact. Come early or late.
The walk is wet. Best to have shoes that can handle it, they might get wet and muddy. In most cases you can avoid too much damage and walk around the muddy parts.
Written 19 November 2023
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Me H
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
Local, and run the gorge weekly. The gorge is beautiful in every way imaginable! Be prepared to climb lots of steps and get wet(notice the many WATER falls:) It can be very busy during peak hours (11-4) so be patient and enjoy the scenery. Thankfully the gorge trail does not allow pets, so no chance of getting bitten, incessant picture taking, or stepping in…well, you know! Pets are allowed on outer trails. Lots to do in the area…enjoy!!!!
Written 12 November 2023
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k_girl883
Russell, Canada707 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Avoid crowns, visit during the week in October. The trails are very well maintained, but be prepared to do stairs. Absolutely picturesque! Worth a stop on your way through!
Written 29 October 2023
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Rappguy
Boston, VA73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
On our 8:30 am visit on a weekday in early October, we were thrilled by the never ending succession of the wonders of Mother Nature. Wow! People try to create pretty places, but the natural ones are just astounding. Beforehand I read scary descriptions of the 800 steps, but my wife and I (in our sixties and seventies) had no problems. It is a very civilized gorge, with safety railings throughout, and nicely cut trails complete with trashcans!. We took the precaution of entering the Park from the "southern entrance", thus avoiding the many steps right at the start of the gorge. (from N Franklin St, turn onto Old Corning Rd for 0.4 mile, then right onto route 419 and quickly bear right to stay on route 410 to south entrance)
Written 24 October 2023
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Michael K
1,069 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This is a must see attraction. The waterfalls and the rock formations remind me of the make-believe landscape in a Pixar animation movie. The best route to take is the Gorge Trail starting at the Lower Entrance. If you are approaching from Montour Falls on Franklin Street, the parking lot is on the right across from the Lower Entrance. Do not turn left on the sign for the state park before you get to the Lower Entrance as this will take you up the hill to the South Entrance. To get to the Gorge Trail from there you have to climb down a steep hill which means having to climb back up later somewhere. Note that because of the spray from the waterfall, the trail is wet and muddy in some places. Hiking boots are recommended.
Written 22 October 2023
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Journey59621510880
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Beautiful park to get out and see the many waterfalls. Park includes a lot of stairs and even though the loops are fairly short be prepared for some exercise. Recommend wearing a rain jacket and good shoes as certain parts of the loop you will get a little wet.
Written 22 October 2023
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