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Watkins Glen State Park
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Watkins Glen State Park
Description - Watkins Glen State Park is the most famous of the Finger Lakes 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. In addition, the park offers scenic hiking trails, an Olympic-size pool, tent and RV sites, wonderful fishing in Seneca Lake and Catherine Creek, which is renowned for its annual spring run of rainbow trout.

Attractions - Watkins Glen State Park is the most famous of the Finger Lakes 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. The gorge path winds over and under waterfalls and through the spray of Cavern Cascade. Rim trails overlook the gorge. Campers and day-visitors can enjoy the Olympic-size pool, tent and trailer campsites, picnic facilities and excellent fishing in nearby Seneca Lake or Catherine Creek, which is renowned for its annual spring run of rainbow trout.

Glen Creek collects hillside water originating on Sugar Hill. This water flows into Seneca Lake which flows to Cayuga Lake then onto Lake Ontario and eventually the St. Lawrence River to its terminus, the Great North Atlantic.

Recreation - In addition to the spellbinding scenery of this park it does offer a list of usual park amenities including biking, camping, hunting, a children's playground, showers, swimming opportunities, fishing, hiking, picnicking, picnic pavilion rental, recreation programs, cross-country skiing in winter and even a gift shop. The park is open year-round with the gorge trails closing in winter. Bow hunting for white-tailed deer is permitted in season.

Climate - The Watkins Glen area experiences average January temperatures above 22 degrees Fahrenheit (above -6 degrees Celsius). It is important to note that this area receives some of the heaviest snowfalls in the nation. Summer temperatures average around 72 degrees Fahrenheit (around 22 degrees Celsius). Precipitation in the region ranges from less than 36 inches to approximately 40 inches of rain and snowmelt.

Location - The main entrance to Watkins Glen State Park is located just south of Seneca Lake in the Village of Watkins Glen.


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Filed By: joseph hirsch (macedon, ny)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: it was a great trip ben there lots of times. I recomendf the gorge trail, the indiantrail and lovers lane. i recomend 3 0r 4 days so you can see grand prix center located north 414 and eat ice cream at winnner crile. come and email me if like your friend joe

Filed By: joseph hirsch (macedon, ny)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: great place to stay for week a end. I recomend the groge trail.great place to take your wife. I recond the grand prix center if you have questions just email me. I"ll tell you more

Filed By: joseph hirsch (macedon, ny)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: great place to stay for a week end .met some funny chinse people. they said fire wood !.hike the trails great

Filed By: Lynn S (Kansas City, MO)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: After we camped in the wonderful campground in Watkins Glen SP, we hiked the gorge trail first thing in the morning. It was just one beautiful waterfall after another. Don't miss it!

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We hiked this short trail over the Memorial Day weekend. Lots of people stopped to gaze at the waterfalls, which were all breathtaking, but the trail is also very touristy. Hike the gorge, turn off along the rim trail, hike along the Finger Lakes Trail for more seclusion. Do the gorge trail just to say you did it.


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Contact Information:
Watkins Glen State Park, P.O. Box 304 , Watkins Glen, NY, 14891, Phone: 607-535-4511

Additional Information:
Finger Lakes Travel Region - Glacial ice sheets deepened the earth becoming a basin with soil and rock deposits forming natural dams allowing glacial melts to fill what is now known as Finger Lakes.
New York State Parks - The New York Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation offers 152 parks, 35 historic sites and 27 golf courses for all tastes, ages and abilities.

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New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation - Official agency Website

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