Hiking the Gorge Trail at Watkins Glen, NY
During our recent vacation one of the many hikes that we took was on the Gorge Trail at Watkins Glen State Park. Although this trail can get a little busy if you go in the middle of the day during the summer months, we hit the trail early (they are open from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM) and were successful in avoiding most of the people that seemed to be arriving as we were leaving.
There are 19 waterfalls, of all shapes and sizes, on the 1.5 mile (one way; 3 miles round trip) trail. The vertical elevation change from the beginning of the trail to the end is 554 feet. The park is open year-round, but the Gorge Trail is closed in winter and opens later in spring depending on the damage caused by the winter weather.
Here are two short videos of waterfalls that we saw along the trail.
If you want more detailed information about Watkins Glen State Park here are a couple of URLs:
You can see photos of our hike on the Gorge Trail on the Adventures/North America page.
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