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Watkins Glen State Park

Watkins Glen, NY
+1 607-535-4511
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Amazing park! Lots of scenic views for pictures. If you love water falls and nature then this is... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
via mobile
A GORGEous Workout

We went earlier in the day, as suggested by other reviewers. We were on the gorge trail by 9:30... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Canton, Michigan
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The cascades of 18 waterfalls are the calling card of this state park.
  • Excellent84%
  • Very good13%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“indian trail” (262 reviews)
“gorge trail” (581 reviews)
“main entrance” (156 reviews)
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Watkins Glen, NY
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Amazing park! Lots of scenic views for pictures. If you love water falls and nature then this is the place for you. Wear a good hiking shoes and be ready to climb lots of stairs!

Thank rmdc29
Reviewed 2 days ago

We went earlier in the day, as suggested by other reviewers. We were on the gorge trail by 9:30 at the latest. There currently is construction going on at the main entrance (in town) but you can still park there if spots are open. If...More

2  Thank mitravelingteacher
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

What an amazing park. Bathrooms clean and showers available. The gorge trail is truly amazing and not that difficult. Many people were there on Father's Day for the pool. Campground was good, some sites more private than others. If tenting much of the campsite we...More

Thank karen_w_laing
Reviewed 2 days ago

We were staying near Ithaca, NY but started our trip at Watkins Glen. We hiked all of the trails making it about 5 miles maybe a little more. It was just amazing and seeing it from different angles was exciting. We really liked the path...More

Thank brookeann521
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is a must see for those who love waterfalls. The hike along the gorge is fairly simple and very short (less than 2 miles on way). If you don't want people in your photos, go early in the morning. Most people were good about...More

1  Thank StLeRu
Reviewed 5 days ago

Drove down to Watkins Glen from Geneva to see the waterfall. We were not disappointed. Challenging walk down into the gorge for a couple of old folks. Make sure you have good shoes on as the rocks can be slippery when wet. Nice views and...More

1  Thank Ready_For_Sun10
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Gorgeous natural beauty, very well maintained. Free admission fee for NY state residents age 62 and older with valid ID. In process of upgrading visitor center and facilities which will be awesome when completed. Highly recommend!!

Thank lmf410
Reviewed 6 days ago

My husband, myself, my daughter and 2 granddaughters spent the morning at Watkins Glen a couple of days ago. It was amazing! The gorge trail winds its way through the most amazing walls of stacked stone and there seems to be a waterfall at every...More

1  Thank vacationsights
Reviewed 6 days ago

Amazed and blown away by the natural Beaty of this Park, we parked at the South car park, as the other entrance is under construction, not sure if it was closed off? The only charge to get in was the $8 parking charge, which also...More

1  Thank Jofrod
Reviewed 6 days ago

This park is well worth a visit. We walked the whole thing with ease, and never got tired of seeing the gorgeous waterfalls and rock formations. Hope to go back someday!

Thank AngFish
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hi My husband is a Viet Nam Vet disabled in a wheel chair. are there places that he could see
15 June 2017|
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Response from Paul B | Reviewed this property |
Shequaga Falls and Hector Falls in Montour, ny are both good choices as well as Taughannock Falls in Ithica. I don't remember Watkins Glen having anything accessible for wheelchairs
Hollyday B
Are there railings along the gorge hike? Some of the pictures made it appear there were steps next to the gorge with no fences/rails.
13 June 2017|
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Response from Mark S | Reviewed this property |
Most of the trail has a stone wall about three feet high.
Shianne N
Is swimming in the waterfalls permitted? Or is it strictly sight seeing?
5 June 2017|
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Response from Laurie031 | Reviewed this property |
No you cannot access the water in the gorge. There is an Olympic size swimming pool open in the summer season in the park and your admission to the park covers use of the pool. However, there is another state park, Robert H... More