Watkins Glen State Park, New York

13537678_10206554333281792_8909775161784666051_nSo, on our way to Niagara Falls we stopped by a New York State park called Watkin Glen State Park. I personally have never heard of this park before but apparently, it is a quite famous State park on the East coast!

Watkin Glen State Park is located in the village of Watkins Glen, New York. It is the most famous of the Finger Lakes State Park! Within two miles, the glen’s stream descends 400 feets past 200-foot cliffs, generating 19 waterfalls along its course.

13567521_10206554334241816_4785357180483632588_nThe park features three trails. The Southern Rim and Indian Trail run along the wooded rim of the gorge, while Gorge Trail is closest to the stream and run over, under and along the park’s 19 waterfalls. Highly recommend the Gorge Trail!

The trail is dog friendly and family friendly. The hike length is about 1.5 miles each way and it sounds like a lot of walking but it is an easy hike up. The majority of the path on Gorge trail is man made stone walkways and result in amazing fantasy land setting! The entire trip will take you about an hour depending on long you want to stop at each fall. Besides hiking trails, the park also offers picnic tables, campgrounds, swimming pool, etc.. If you do decide to go during summer time, don’t worry about the summer heat. Majority of the walk is in shade and the walking next to the waterfall will keep you cool 🙂

13516533_10206554334441821_5378944073693471237_nIf you choose to take Gorge trail, the entire trip will take you about an hour (up and down) depending on long you want to stop at each fall. Besides hiking trails, the park also offers picnic tables, campgrounds, swimming pool, etc.. On your way out of the park, be sure to pick up some local ice cream on your way out or go and enjoy some local beer down on Main street!

If you do decide to ride into town (5 minutes drive from the Park), there are a ton of great restaurants and cafe! Each has its own personality. Highly recommend trying their local beer if you are over 21 😉

If you are around the at late afternoon, be sure to walk around the lake. During summer time, there are sunset boat rides available.

 

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