Watkins Glen Bridge #14264

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The Story

Watkins Glen is a place of flowing water cascading down a deep narrow gorge with very high rock walls. Visitors hike a spindly yet reliable mile long trail cut into the rock face with the water running just feet away. This New York state park is internationally known and summer crowds can be large. You can often hear several languages being spoken by people passing by. They’ve all come to see this very unique and wondrous slice of nature in Watkins Glen, one of the most scenic places in the eastern US. Glen Creek goes over nineteen waterfalls deep in the gorge and visitors actually walk under two of them. Rock bridges carry you over some waterfalls as well, as seen here.

On this trip, I started onto the trail very early in order to photograph with minimal tourists on the narrow path. Not long into the morning, I still had to ask my companion to momentarily hold them back to get this clear shot of one of the iconic rock bridges arching over a large waterfall.

Native Americans were the first to explore here. Although there were rudimentary trails from very early on, the current highly developed trail and bridges through Watkins Glen were built by the CCC back in the 1930’s. Here we are still enjoying them many years later! For more information see the New York State Parks website. There is much more scenery around this park in the Finger Lakes region of New York, so plan to stay and explore especially if you enjoy wineries, lakes, and scenic landscapes.

Image and text ©Andrew N Dierks

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