Back in the summer of 2018, I had the opportunity to travel to the east coast and explore some beautiful wonders. One of my favorites from the trip was hiking through Watkins Glen State Park. If you haven’t heard of Watkins Glen or haven’t made it out to visit yet, this state park is not one to miss. Located in New York, it is among the most popular state parks in the Finger Lakes Region. Due to the popularity, parking can become limited in the summer months, but the Trail Shuttle is available for all three entrances.
Consisting of 200-foot cliffs, this marvelous gorge creates 19 waterfalls and descends 400 feet while on this 2-mile hike. There are many photograph opportunities along the path which create for spectacular photos. The hike is an easy to moderate hike; which is paved the entire way but does include stairs. If choosing to take the hike straight through, there are steeper stairs at the end leading out of the gorge to the restrooms and additional parking spaces, otherwise, the path can loop back around. Picnic areas, playgrounds, and many other amenities are also available at the top of the gorge.
What to do in Watkins Glen?
Besides the hiking of the gorge, there are many other things available to do in Watkins Glen. Camping is allowed in this state park and can be reserved online– cabins are also available to rent as well. Campsites are available for both tent and RV. Although hunting is also permitted, it is important to know the laws and regulations before hand. Fishing in Seneca Lake or Catherine Creek would be an ideal place to be since it is known for the annual spring run of rainbow trout. Biking and cross country skiing is also available, per appropriate seasons. There are many other things to do as well, such as shopping and just exploring the near by town.
As many already know, it is important to always check the weather before taking on the adventure to a new place. The weather in Watkins Glen averages around 80 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer months but can get to the lowers 50s at night. During the winter months, it averages around the 40s and 50s with lows reaching a freezing temperature of low 30s. This park is opened year-round which allows for exploring of the park in all the seasons; dress accordingly and enjoy the views.
Be safe and happy adventuring!
“Water is the most perfect traveler because when it travels it becomes the path itself.” -Mehmet Murat Ildan