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New York State Parks
Watkins Glen State Park is one of the most famous of the New York State Parks, with a reputation for leaving visitors spellbound. Within two miles, the glen's stream descends 400 feet past 200-foot cliffs, generating 19 waterfalls along its course. There are three main park trails: Indian, Gorge and Southern Rim. The Gorge and Southern Rim trails are closer to the waterfalls. The Indian trail takes you to the upper entrance, through the woods.
The amazing Gorge Trail winds 1.3 miles over and under the waterfalls along hundreds of stone steps plus through the spray of Cavern Cascade. The Rim Trails overlook the gorge. A 4.4 mile section of the North Country National Scenic Trail passes through the park. The Finger Lakes Trail coincides with the North Country Trail in the park. There is a suspension bridge that crosses high above the gorge, connecting the Indian Trail with the Finger Lakes Trail / North Country National Scenic Trail.
You can expect visitors at this park on most days as it is one of the most popular parks in the state.
Note: It is advisable to stay away from the Watkins Glen area during the week of the NASCAR race. Don't expect to find any open campsites during this week.
Directions to the Watkins Glen State Park Entrances
Near south end of Seneca Lake, off NY 14. Main Entrance is off NY 14 in the Village of Watkins Glen. Other entrances are off NY 409 and NY 329. The NY 329 - South Entrance leads to the camping area and pool. The NY 409 is the North Entrance. Any entrance leads to the hiking trails.
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