Opened to the public in 1863, Watkins Glen State Park encompasses more than 778 acres, the centerpiece of which is “The Gorge.”
This 400’ deep gorge was carved by Ice Age glaciers melting, and continues to be carved today by Glen Creek.
The most popular of the park’s three trails is the Gorge Trail, which winds its way along the creek and its 19 waterfalls on more than 800 stone steps and bridges (starting at the upper entrance and following the trail down to the town of Watkins Glen is easier than starting at the lower entrance).
Watkins Glen’s Gorge Trail closes in late October/early November and reopens in spring.
For more info, visit https://parks.ny.gov/parks/142/