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Length: 2.5 mile out-and-back
Difficulty: Moderate (832 steps!)
Location: Watkins Glen State Park, Finger Lakes region, NY
Directions to trailhead
Downloadable Park Map
Seasons: Late Spring, Summer, Fall
Highlights: Waterfalls, waterfalls, WATERFALLS! And some neat geological formations
Today we're exploring the famous Gorge Trail of Watkins Glen State Park, NY...FINALLY! This 2.5 mile roundtrip hike features 19 (yes, NINETEEN) waterfalls, and a hefty abundance of natural beauty. It's no surprise visitors are said to leave this place "spellbound" by its wonder.
In addition to its waterfalls, the Gorge Trail features 832 steps of booty-burning glory. At just 1.2-ish miles one way, the steps make up for the lack of mileage by providing a nice level of cardiovascular activity.
Watkins Glen SP is located in the fabulous Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. Thanks to its glacial past, this region is brimming with waterfall wonders. Watkins Glen is just a SLICE of the cascading action you can experience in this area.
If you find yourself in the Finger Lakes, I'd highly recommend also visiting taller-than-Niagara Falls Taughannock Falls State Park (a flat saunter) and Buttermilk Falls State Park (another bun-burner) - both of which offer breathtaking waterfalls.
Gazing at glorious 216-foot Taughannock Falls as it plunges into the gorge.
Now that we're familiar with the region, let's sit back and enjoy the ride as we plunder through the glorious cascades of Watkins Glen State Park!
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