Watkins Glen #12722

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The Story

Watkins Glen State Park in New York is famous for its deep gorge with hiking paths, flowing water, high rock walls, and a weaving trail up through the chasm. The park is internationally known. On both my visits there I heard multiple languages being spoken, Chinese, German, French, and more, and the park can be very crowded at times.

They have all come to see a very unique and wondrous slice of nature on a mile-long hike in one of the most scenic places in the eastern US. It has nineteen waterfalls along Glen Creek, two of which visitors go underneath. The gorge here is deep, winding, and very scenic.

For the best chance to have clear shots, I made it a point to get onto the trail very early to photograph with minimal tourists on the narrow single path. But not long into mid-morning I still had to ask my companion to hold them back on the trail for a few moments at times to get a clear shot, such as this one.

Although there were rudimentary trails here from early on, the current highly developed trail and bridges through the Glen were built by the CCC back in the 1930s, and we are still enjoying them nearly 100 years later! There is much more scenery around this park in the Finger Lakes region of New York, so plan to stay and enjoy the area, especially if you enjoy waterfalls, wineries, lakes, and landscapes.

Location: Watkins Glen State Park, Watkins Glen, Schuyler County, New York. Picture and story © Andrew Dierks

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